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Red Special (Deschutes River Dee) 
Designed by Andrew Marshall - Dressed by Monte Smith

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Red Special (Deschutes River Dee)

Name Red Special (Deschutes River Dee)
Category Steelhead
Hook Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi 2051), #1.5
Tag Fine gold thread and claret silk
Tail Golden pheasant crest and barred wood duck
Body In four equal parts, fiery orange SLF #16, fiery claret SLF #13, fiery brown SLF #35, black SLF #41 (I have substituted seal)
Rib Oval gold tinsel
Hackle Black over all, guinea dyed red over front half                                
Throat Lemon wood duck
Wings A pair of truffle turkey covert strips, with narrow strips of red/black/red goose married through the middle, narrow strip of purple goose on the outside edge
Cheeks Jungle cock, drooping

"Red Special (Deschutes River Dee)", the third in the Deschutes River Dee Series designed by Oregon fly fisherman and tyer Andrew Marshall is perhaps the most colorful to date. The married wings is an element more familiar in Classic Atlantic Salmon flies and adds a classic touch to these flies, that none-the-less, look very effective. Contributing fly tyer Monte Smith, a friend of Mr. Marshall, tied "Red Special".

The flies in this series are quite remarkable and I was as excited about presenting them as Monte was in tying them. Thank you Andrew Marshall and Monte Smith.

You can see more of the flies tied by Monte Smith and many of his own designs at The Flies of Monte Smith.

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