Spruce Fly

March 2013

                               Fly Pattern: Spruce Fly 

          Tyer's Name: Bob Coons
            Date: March 4,2013

    Fly Originator and History: The spruce fly originated in the 30's for sea run 
    cutthroat but has since been found to be good for steelhead. This fly was first 
    known as the "Godfrey Special".

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line with sinking leader, or a sinking line 
    with tapered leader.
    Suggested retrieve:  Fish in the riffles, or deep pools, on the bottom. 
    Comments: Highly productive for cutthroat, steelhead, and other trout.

                                Fly Material

    Hook: Size 6, 3XL Tiemco 5263 or equivalent.
    Thread: Black 6/0 Uni.
    Tail: Peacock swords.
    Body: Red floss, Danville 4-strand.
    Rib: Gold tinsel, round.
    Collar:  Peacock herl.
    Wing: Badger saddle hackle
    Collar hackle: Badger neck hackle.

                                Tying Steps 
    1. Wrap a thread base from about an eye-length behind the eye ("starting point") 
    to a point just above the barb ("end point").

    2. Tail. Select 5 or 6 long peacock swords. The swords should extend about a 
    shank's length beyond the end point. Tie in the swords at the end point and wrap 
    forward to about 3/4 of the shank's length (3/4 point). Trim the excess. 

    3. Body.  At the 3/4 point, tie in a length of gold tinsel and a length of 4-strand 
    floss. Tie the tinsel and floss down to the end point. Return the thread to 
    the 3/4 point.

    4. Wrap the floss forward evenly to the 3/4 point. Tie off the floss and trim.

    5. Apply the tinsel by first wrapping 3 or 4 close wraps at the end point (forming 
    a gold band). Then wrap the tinsel forward 5 or 6 even wraps to the 3/4 point. 
    Tie off the tinsel and trim.

    6. Collar.  Select 3 or 4 good strands of peacock herl. Tie in the herl at the 
    3/4 point, and wrap forward to the starting point. Apply about 10-12 wraps to 
    build up the collar.

    7. Wing.  Select and prepare two matching badger saddle hackles. When tied in, 
    the shiny-side of the wings should face out, and they should extend a bit beyond 
    the bend of the hook.  

    8. Tie in one wing piece at a time. Tie in the wings on the sides of the hook, 
    just in front of the collar.

    9. Collar hackle. Select a neck hackle. Look for one that has nice coloration. 
    Tie in the hackle ( shiny-side forward) on top of the wing tie-in point. Give 
    the hackle about 5 overlying wraps, covering the wing tie-ins. (leave room for 
    the head). Tie off the hackle, and remove the excess material.

    10. Head. Pullthe hackle out of the way and wrap a small head. Whip finish 
    and apply head cement.

	Rick Shadforth 05/26/13