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Darbee's Spate Fly
Designed by Harry Darbee (as per Stewart & Leeman)
Dressed by Monte Smith

Darbee’s Spate Fly


Darbee’s Spate Fly

Category Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead Fly
Hook Daiichi 2441, #1/0
Tag Oval gold, small
Tail Golden pheasant crest
Rib Oval gold, medium
Body Dark brown seal's fur
Throat Fairly long black hackle pulled down and back, extending to the point of the hook
Wing Natural brown bucktail to the end of the tail
Shoulders Wide doubled strips of black and white barred wood duck, set on both sides of the wing          
Topping Two golden pheasant crests
Head Red

Darbee's Spate Fly was tied by Salmonfly.Net Contributing Fly Tyer, Monte Smith. This fly was originated by Harry Darbee of Livingston Manor, New York in 1946 for the fall Atlantic Salmon run of the Margaree River, Nova Scotia. As Monte indicates, it is also a good crossover pattern for Steelhead.

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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