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Golden Hilton (Spey Style) tied by letumgoFly Type: Attractor Pattern
, Target Species: Steelhead
, Recommended Region: Northeast US
, Northwest US
, Western Canada
, Eastern Canada
not available General Baitfish
, Material List:
Hook - Daiichi Alec Jackson Spey Hook Model 2052 or 2051 (Size 5 / Silver or Black)
Thread - UNI-Thread 6/0 (Doc. Blue)
Tag - Gold Tinsel (Fine)
Tail - Lemon Barred Woodduck
Rib (Optional) - Gold Tinsel / Fine)
Body - Gold Glitter Chenille
Collar Hackle - Lemon Barred Woodduck (folded and wound wet fly style)
Wing - A Pair of Cree Saddle Hackle
The materials called out above are in the order they are tied in.
I take a wood duck feather and remove all of the fuzz at the base of the feather and then take the fibers from the bottom 1/4" to 3/8" and brush them downwards to even the tips. I clip the fibers off each side of the base of the feather. I combine these fibers and then roll them with my thumb and index finger to make them fan out before they are tied in. The remaining part of the woodduck feather should look like a V-shape. After the chenille has been wound on to form the body, I tie in the remaining woodduck feather (point first) at the base of what will later be the head of the fly. I then clip the center stem in my hackle pliers and fold the fibers back (wet fly collar style) and wrap it around the hook two times (that tends to be about all you can get out of the feather). I then wrap the thread back over the base of the fibers while holding them back with my thumb and two fingers. The wing is tied in last.
Background on this pattern:
This fly is intended to be the golden version of the famous "Silver Hilton" steelhead pattern. Your going to laugh when I tell you that the materials and color scheme for this fly was loosely inspired by Miss Paris Hilton.
I originally set out to design the fly and call it a "Paris Hilton" but I figured I'd get sued or something. Anyway, the colors hook and the body are all glittery (riches like silver and gold) and the tail /collar are lemon woodduck (kind of blond in color). The wing is real Cree hackle tips (no theme here - I was just looking for a use for my new Cree saddle feathers) and the head is done in blue thread (i.e. - blue eyes).
No, I am not fascinated with Paris Hilton, it was just fun trying to use a theme (Hilton) to work out the color/material scheme on this fly.
Anyway, tie yourself up a handful of these flies and give them a try.Presentation Tips:
Drift Spey style - Cast upstream at roughly a 45° degree angle and fish down-and-across the current. Allow to hang in the current for a minute or two at the end of the drift and slowly lift your rod tip. Sometimes this will result in a crushing strike by a fish that has been watching your fly.