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    Default Golden Pheasant Spey

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    This fly was designed by Bob Warren of Princeton, MA.

    The recipe:
    Hook: The G.P. Spey lends itself beautifully to hooks like Bob Veverka's Daiichi 2139

    Tag: Oval copper tinsel, sized to suit hook size

    Tail: Golden Pheasant crest over orange Polar Bear. I like the length just a bit longer than the fly's body.

    Body: Rear half hot orange floss or silk, ribbed with oval copper tinsel and veiled with yellow Golden Pheasant rump feathers; black ostrich herl dividing the two body halves; front half oval copper tinsel wrapped in touching turns.

    Hackle: Claret hackle (I like Whiting American hen; others may prefer cock.) Bob's original recipe calls for two Golden Pheasant breast feathers over the claret. I dyed a G.P. skin claret, and use those claret-dyed feathers....just looks so regal against the copper.

    Head: Claret


    I've found that its important to maintain a nice gradual taper on the front half of the body so that the copper tinsel lays down nicely with no gaps. Tinsel doesn't like steep tapers!

    The materials:

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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Great tying Gary

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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Thanks, JP!
    Gary

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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Gary: Very nice indeed, congrats!

    Larry
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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Another Beauty Gary, thanks for posting ...

    Dan

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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Nice spey tye, Gary.

    I particularly like the way that the orange PB tail works with the back half of the body and how that claret hackle works with the copper on the front half. A very consistent and well proportioned pattern.

    Have you used it on the water yet?

    Pocono

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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Very nice work!

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    Default Re: Golden Pheasant Spey

    Pocono, the Golden Pheasant Spey is some years old, developed by my friend and salmon camp buddy Bob Warren. It is a wonderful fall atlantic salmon fly. Bob's wife landed a 22 pounder on it when we were in camp a couple weeks ago. I've landed quite a few fish on it myself. It is a proven fly. More about it on my blog in several places.
    Gary

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