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Carey Special
Tied by William Lovelace

Carey Special


Carey Special

Category Steelhead Soft Hackle

Dai Riki 899 #4


Black 3/0 Monocord

Tail Pheasant feather fibers
Body Peacock Herl
Ribbing Hot Orange Ultra Wire counter wrapped
Hackle Pheasant Body

Carey Special was tied by William Lovelace, one of the most prolific contributors on this site. You can find many more of his flies at his page on this site, The Flies of William Lovelace

Bill's Notes: The Carey Special was named after Colonel Carey and has widely been used as a Caddis or Dragon Fly imitation in trout fishing.

About the Soft Hackle Series: I am someone who likes to use traditional soft hackles for trout. It carries over into tying steelhead flies. One of my favorite steelhead series is Alec Jackson’s Spades and they are essentially soft hackles tied with a particular variation of incorporating the deer hair in their construction. Soft Hackles quick and easy to tie in sea run trout sizes are worth a try in any steelheaders’ fly boxes.


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