Petite Spey

Kamasan B220
Silver or Gold Tinsel
Rear 1/2 - 2 Strand Floss
Front 1/2 - Peacock Herl
Silver or Gold Tinsel
Black or Grizzley Hen Neck

A pattern by John Vaulk of Grindstone Anglers in Waterdown, Ontario. A small spey that generates big results. It can be swung in a traditional manner or even fished as a nymph. Tied in a wide range of colors.

Step By Step:
Place your hook in the vice and attach thread just behind the return eye. I'm using flat waxed Uni-thread, which will help keep the thread base nice and flat and the floss color true. The pattern calls for a Kamasan hook, which can be difficult to find in the States. I find that any small single salmon hook will work just fine. Tie in your tinsel on the underside of the shank.
Wrap back to a point just over the point of the barb, binding down the tinsel as you go. Now bring your thread back slightly so it's around the base of the barb.
Take 3-4 wraps of tinsel towards the eye, and then bind it down with one thread wrap. Don't trim the tag as we'll use it for the rib later.
Move your thread forward to just behind the return eye and tie in your floss on the far side of the shank. You can use Uni-Stretch instead of floss, which is easier to work with but not as vibrant under water.
Wrap the floss to the rear and back to the tie in point. You can use a smooth bodkin to help flatten out the floss as you wrap.
Tie off the floss on the near side of the shank.
Bind down the tag ends and trim. Now tie off the white thread and switch to black to finish the fly. I like Uni 8/0 for most salmon flies. Move the thread to the 1/2 way point of the body.
Tie in 3-5 peacock herls by the tips and trim the ends. Take the strands and wrap them around the tying thread a few times. This helps reinforce the fragile herl and makes a more durable fly.
Wrap the herl to the eye, leaving enough room for the collar and head. Tie off and trim the butts.
Wrap your rib forward in evenly spaced turns. Tie off and trim.
Tie in a short piece of antron for the wing.
Pull the antron taunt and trim it even with the end of the tag. It will shorten up slightly when you let it go.
Prepare a hen neck feather for the collar and tie it in by the tip with the good side facing forward. Fold the hackle and take 2-3 tight wraps.
Tie off and trim the hackle butt. You can wrap back over the collar slightly if you'd like it to lay down a bit more.
Wrap a small neat head and coat with lacquer to finish the fly.

Additional Tips/Photos:
  • The original pattern calls for flat tinsel for the rib and tag, but I've come to prefer fine oval tinsel (pictured).
  • Popular color combinations include (rib/body/wing): silver/black/white, gold/olive/olive, silver/green/green, silver/pink/white, and gold/purple/purple.
Tied By: Brian Doelle.