Sol Duc Spey Fly

November, 2012

                                  Fly Pattern:Sol Duc Spey Fly

            Tyer's Name: Erik Simpson
            Date: Nov 12, 2012

    Fly Originator and History: Syd Glasso taught English at the elementary school 
    in Forks for over 30 years. Syd got the idea for his new spey flies from Eric 
    Traverner's book on Salmon Fishing in the murky waters of Spey River in Scotland. 
    Syd's sole intent was to design new flies to improve his chances to catch more steelhead.

                                 How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: This depends upon the local stream, water conditions 
    and the activity of the steelhead.

    Depth: It should be fished as a wet fly where there is some current and the 
    steelhead are present.

    Suggested retrieve:  No special retrieve is suggested. You normally have to 
    find out what works on any given day.

    Comments: This fly fishes well when there is some current present and the hackle 
    fibers are normally moving. Generally the fly is fished by casting across and 
    downstream and allowed to sweep across current.

                                Fly Material

    Hook: Black or gold, 1.5 medium Alex Jackson, 3 Low water A.J. or equivalent.
    Thread: White and black Danville flat waxed nylon thread #120.
    Body: Hot orange or fluorescent orange floss.
    Tag: Small flat or oval silver tinsel.
    Rib: Large oval or medium flat silver tinsel.
    Dubbing: Hot orange or Seal Sub-it (J. Fair).
    Hackle: Long yellow hackle or yellow Schlappen.
    Collar Hackle: Blue Eared Pheasant Schlappen died black. 
    Wing: Four hot orange or bright red hackle feather tips.
    Cement. Hard as nails or the equivalent.
    Other tools: Bodkin needle or a Darning needle to smooth the thread or floss, 
    and to pick out the dubbing.
    Shepard's hook or Hackle pliers for a dubbing loop tool.

                                Tying Steps 
    1. Pinch down hook barb. Tie on the white thread just behind the return eye, 
    (starting point). Closely wrap the thread side by side to the point to a point 
    above barb tip. Smooth thread with a round surface. 

    2. Tag. Tie on a  piece of flat or oval silver tinsel at the barb tip, just 
    behind the thread base. Wrap the tinsel forward, to the mid point. Tie off and 
    cut the tinsel and thread.

    3. Make sure that the tinsel tag is visible. Tie in the white thread, leaving 
    about 1/16-inch of tinsel exposed. Closely wrap the white thread forward to the 
    mid point, smooth thread, whip finish, and cut.
    4. Body. Tie on the hot orange floss at the mid  point and wrap it down to the tag.

    5. Tie on large oval or medium flat silver tinsel and move it out of the way.

    6. Wrap the hot orange floss forward to the ½ point and smooth the floss.

    7. Prepare a yellow hackle. The fibers should be equal to the length of the shank. 
    Strip the fibers off of one side of the feather.

    8. At the mid point, tie on the yellow hackle by the tip, and move it out of the way.

    9. Make a dubbing loop, sparsely dub with orange dubbing, then wrap thread to 
    starting point.

    10. Wrap the dubbing loop forward to the starting point, tie off and cut.

    11. Wrap the tinsel forward to the starting point with 5 wraps (2 wraps to the 
    mid point and 3 wraps from mid point to starting point), tie off and cut.

    12. Palmer the yellow hackle forward to the starting point, whip finish and 
    cut off the orange thread.

    13. Thorax. Tie on the black thread just behind the return eye. Wrap the thread 
    forward to a point just behind the eye and back, completely covering the return eye.

    14. Prepare a black hackle. The fibers should be equal to the length of the shank.  
    Strip the fibers off of one side of the feather.

    15. Tie on a stripped black hackle by the tip; make 3 wraps forward and secure it. 
    Trim the excess feather stem.

    16. Wing. Prepare four hot orange wings. The wing consists of two feathers on 
    each side, with the concave-sides facing inward (forming a single wing). To 
    make mounting easier, align the four feathers (again, two on each side, concave 
    sides facing each other). Lay the feathers on a piece of wax paper and glue the 
    four stems together. Once the glue is dry, use some pliers to flatten the stems.

    17. Tie on the wings by the stems and make four thread wraps forward.

    18. Check the alignment of the wing and tightly make 4 thread wraps downward.

    19. Head. Whip finish the thread forward with 3 wraps to make small head, cut 
    thread and glue.

                  Erik Simpson / Rick Shadforth 12/29/12