Rusty Rat Variant

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First spey-style fly for me. Got too close to the eye, unfortunately ?
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Your second one is a cheeky little number. You got the hackling absolutely blob on.
 

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Thanks PP ? Bit of white thread showing, but I guess I'm actually gonna fish this one. Thought about giving it away first...
 
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Thanks PP ? Bit of white thread showing, but I guess I'm actually gonna fish this one. Thought about giving it away first...


Don't crucify yourself about the thread. You have zoomed right in and digital cameras at that level of detail can be really hard sons of b1tches. Probably not even visible if the fly is just viewed in your hand.
 

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All are very well done, those macro pictures take no prisoners my friend, I'd take the first one any day :cool:

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Thanks Ard. It was your 'trout box' thread that made me think about giving Spey flies a try. They just never appealed to me in a way modern longtail flies do. You seem to put quite a bit of trust in them. What/How do you use em (for)? What do you catch on em?

Cheers, Steve
 

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Hi Steve,

All the patterns in that box see use on trout water here in Alaska, I used them for many years foe steelhead also but eventually turned to tube flies for those fish. I catch grayling on them when I find the fish. grayling here move around the rivers and creeks following salmon so they can pop up any time. Even if they are surface feeding I swing those wet flies and end up with larger fish. When trout fishing I almost always have silver salmon take the flies also. I changed to tying tubes about 6 years ago because I felt I was being left behind as fly tying changed all around me and I had continued making 100 year old patterns.

The standard flies still catch but often I go to something like a Dee Monkey or Wilkinson Sunray on tubes when fishing large rivers. I guess it's the size of the fly making me feel that more fish will spot them.

Tying the Spey style can be challenging, getting the hang of setting the mallard roof wings or Dee wings is the hardest part. Aside from that the bodies are very much like any other classic salmon fly.

This is what those Jock O' Dee flies looked like when new, it was a steelhead tie and was larger than the trout flies but the same tie.

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