Swinging flies is a blast and when I find the right situation it’s game on. Typical Spey fly patterns are way too big for Pennsylvania trout. So I have been working out some trout sized patterns with the same lifelike qualities as their big brother steelhead and salmon patterns. As you can see in this photo, my latest creation the M1 mini spey is pulling out some hunkered down winter trout.
M1 – Tying Instructions
Hook: Gamakatsu #09107 #6
Thread: Chartreuse Uni Thread
Body: Copper Medium UV Polar Chenille
Hackle: Black Hen
Flash: Rootbeer Krystal Flash
Underwing: Grizzly Hen
Overwing: Olive Ostrich
Wrap thread down to hook point.
Tie in polar chenille from rear of shank up half way.
Wrap thread back to mid way point.
Twist polar chenille in order to distribute chenille evenly.
Wrap polar chenille up hook shank to half the length of shank.
Trim polar chenille to taper shape from front to rear (front longer than rear).
Tie in grizzly hackle (one on each side).
Wrap in black saddle hackle.
Tie in Rootbeer flash.
Loosely tie in (two wraps) ostrich stack (10 – 12 barbules). Work ostrich around hook evenly with your fingers.
Tie in 2 or 3 ostrich barbules in front of ostrich wing.
Finish with head.
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