Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Ian's Silver Spey (James)
Tied by Steve Burke

Ian's Silver Spey (James)
Name Ian's Silver Spey (James)
Category Steelhead
BodyFlat Silver Tinsel
HackleWebby Black Spey Hackle, Palmered Over Body
RibOval Gold Tinsel
Collar Guinea Fowl
Wing Bronze Mallard


The pattern for this fly came from the fine book by Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen, Flies for Steelhead. They write that this fly was originally tied by Ian James of Ontario in 1987. It's most effective on bright days when the water is slightly off-color.