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Copper Hilton (Spey Style) tied by letumgoFly Type: Attractor Pattern
, General Freshwater
, Target Species: Steelhead
, Recommended Region: Northeast US
, Northwest US
, Western Canada
, Eastern Canada
, Central Canada
, Imitation: General Baitfish
, Material List:
Hook - Daiichi Alec Jackson Spey Hook Model 2051 (Size 5 / Black)
Thread - UNI-Thread 6/0 (Tan)
Tag – Copper Mylar Tinsel (Narrow)
Tail - Lemon Barred Woodduck
Body – Copper Glitter Chenille
Collar Hackle - Lemon Barred Woodduck (folded and wound wet fly style)
Wing - A Pair of Cree Saddle Hackles
Head – Tan Thread coated with 3 coats of Flex Cement Head CementTying Instructions:
Materials called out above are tied on in the order they are listed above.
Mount the thread at the front of the hook and then wind back to the point of the hook. Attach a piece of mylar tinsel. Wind five or six wraps of the tinsel towards the bend of the hook and back to the tying thread. Tie off the tinsel and clip off excess.
Take a wood duck feather and remove all of the fuzz at the base of the feather and take the fibers from the bottom 1/4" to 3/8". Brush the bottom fibers downwards to even the tips and clip the fibers off both side of the base of the feather. Combine the fibers after ensuring the tips are even. Roll the fibers between your thumb and index finger to make them fan out. Tie in the woodduck fibers to form the tail and wind the tying thread forward to the eye of the hook.
NOTE - The remaining piece of the woodduck feather is saved to create the hackle at the front of the fly. The piece of feather should look like a V-shape
Tie on a piece of copper glitter chenille along the top of the hook shank. Wrap the tying thread all the way back to the base of the tail. Grasp the chenille and your tying thread in your tying hand and then rotate the vise (assumes you have a rotary vice) while winding the chenille forward. Remember to allow enough room at the front of the hook for tying on the hackle and wing and to form a neat head. Tie off the chenille and clip the excess.
After the chenille has been wound on to form the body, tie in the remaining woodduck feather (point first) at the base of what will later be the head of the fly. Clip the center stem in a pair of hackle pliers and fold the fibers back (wet fly collar style). Wrap the feather around the hook two times (Two wraps tends to be about all you can get out of the remaining feather). Tie off the feather and trim the excess.
Wrap the tying thread back over the base of the fibers while holding them back with your thumb and two fingers.
Tie in the hackle wing.
Form a neat thread head and clip off the tying thread. Coat with multiple coats of head cement to finish the fly.
Drift these flies 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 technique will result in a crushing strike by a fish that has been watching your fly.