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gt05254 10-03-2011 02:06 PM

Golden Pheasant Spey

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:


jpbfly 10-03-2011 02:50 PM

Re: Golden Pheasant Spey
Great tying Gary:thumbsup:

gt05254 10-03-2011 03:26 PM

Re: Golden Pheasant Spey
Thanks, JP!

mcnerney 10-03-2011 05:11 PM

Re: Golden Pheasant Spey
Gary: Very nice indeed, congrats!


HuronRiverDan 10-04-2011 09:43 AM

Re: Golden Pheasant Spey
Another Beauty Gary, thanks for posting ...


Pocono 10-04-2011 09:50 AM

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?


darwin 10-04-2011 10:28 AM

Re: Golden Pheasant Spey
Very nice work! ;)

gt05254 10-04-2011 12:10 PM

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.

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