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PLSweet Spey 
Designed and Dressed by Clark Lucas

PLSweet Spey

Pattern: PLSweet Spey

Hook: Alex Jackson Spey, Diachii 3/0

Thread: Black 14/0 Griffon

Tag: Medium Gold Oval Tinsel

Counterwrap: Small Gold Oval Tinsel

Rib: Large Flat Gold Tinsel trimmed to narrow edge at tie in point, edged by Medium Oval Tinsel 4 turns; Pearsall's Purple floss right behind large flat gold tinsel

Underbody: Pearsall's Stout to form tapered body

Overbody: Lavender Silk Japanese floss; From head tie in to tail and back

Spey Hackle: Whiting Farms, Herbert Miner "Chicken"

Hackle: Hackle folded and tied in at tail stem first with hackle pointing to the rear before Under body formed; then palmered behind purple floss with counterwrap from left of hook palmered holding down hackle with evenly spaced crossing of finished body (*See note about this hackle)

Beard: Hot Pink small Blue-eared Pheasant under small Teal. Both tied in at pinched stem with several wraps each to form base for Shellback

Shellback: Left and right 1/4" Natural Bronze Mallard strips tied in right strip first with 3 wraps then whip finish with 3 turns; reverse thread, tie in right strip 3 wraps whip finish opposite. Clip excess with Ginger sewing scissors and whip finish a small neat head.

Head: Loon's Black hard head

PLSweet Spey was tied by Contributing Fly Tyer, Clark Lucas, who began showing his flies on this site in 1999. Take a close look at the pattern for this fly and you will find some good instructions from Clark about tying those neat shellback wings and small neat head.

You can read about Clark and see many more of his fine speys by visiting The Flies of Clark Lucas.


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