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Icy Blue Spey
Designed and Dressed by Monte Smith

Icy Blue Spey, Designed and Dressed by Monte Smith

Name Icy Blue Spey
Category Salmon/Steelhead
Hook Blue Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi 2059), No.3
BodyFlat silver tinsel and light blue seal
HackleKingfisher blue
ThroatDyed blue guinea
WingMarried strips of navy, white, and kingfisher blue goose
HeadBlue and white

Oregon fly tyer Monte Smith designed and tied "Icy Blue Spey". It is the first in a series of Spey flies from Monte that will be presented here. This Spey was so fascinating to me, I asked Monte what his inspiration was.

His answer: "The Icy Blue was inspired by a couple of things: 1) I believe the color 'blue' is underutilized, particularly in steelhead flies. It is a proven color for me in both my trout and steelhead flies. 2) I'm inspired by Icelandic and Scandinavian flies. Poul Jorgensen's Blue Rat comes to mind. I tied a similar pattern called 'Norseman' in a full dress Atlantic style awhile back, with not much more than display purpose in mind. I thought about adapting it to a Spey fly, this time one that would fish. And it does. The blue hook adds a little class to the dressing for display, I think. Certainly not necessary for a fishing fly."

You can see more of Monte's flies at The Flies of Monte Smith.


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