This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Kate Watson and it's the Spey Fly No.1.... 

The "Spey Fly No.1" is tied by Thomas Tod Stoddart from his book, "An Angler's Companion, 1853". This fly is generally tied with blue silk ribbing, but I bought a new beautiful light blue tinsel from Lagartun and wanted to try it out. The fly recipe is as follows:

Hook: Partridge CS10/1 size 1
Tail: Yellow rump feather off Golden Pheasant or tuft of mohair
Ribs: Silver oval medium Lagartun tinsel & blue silk or blue tinsel in this case 
Body: Black wool 
Hackle: Black heron or substitute 
Main Wing: Mallard  

This is my favourite fall fly for steelhead in northern British Columbia. It swims beautifully and was my most productive fly last year.

Kate Watson

I grew up barefoot and wild in an outback hunting and fishing lodge in Northern British Columbia, which inevitably made me fall in love with everything wild. I had always fished, but I didn't truly start fly fishing seriously until my later teens, where my father would take our family every year to the west coast of Northern British Columbia to fish for salmon. Here I quickly traded in my small single hand rod and began using a long double hand rod. Frustrated with always having to buy flies, I began learning how to tie flies on my own; sneaking into my fathers tying room and taking bits of feathers, fur and my own personal Sally Hanson Hard-as-Nails kit to tie my own. I began guiding the same river my father used to to take us and soon was immersed into the steelhead culture. My flies progressed as my fishing style progressed, and today I enjoy fishing with primarily classic salmon and Spey flies as well as my own freestyle Spey flies for steelhead. Fly tying has been an enriching process, in meeting other talented people in this industry, and allowing me to find new places to fish, because as they say, trout don't live in ugly places.  

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