Tying Video – Shewey’s Spawning Purple

I found the Shewey’s Spawning Purple to be a interesting fly to tie.  The name can get twisted up sometimes but the way the fly is put together is pretty much straight forward.  Many salmon and steelhead flies have the same basic components, tag, body, throat, wing, cheeks, etc…  Many of these flies are put together in much the same way and that is what makes this fly so interesting.  The wing is a bit different in it’s creation as well as the final collar over the jungle cock eyes.  When considering another steelhead fly to tie I wanted to stick with the “classic” type of flies but was looking for something off the beaten path, and I found it. 

If you do a search for the Shewey’s Spawning Purple will find it tied on various hooks and the 2nd collar being tied with various materials.  I even found some that had been tied in more of a Spey or Dee style than your basic “salmon” style.  Depending on your application this fly can be tied to meet various needs.  One thing I did not do in the video is apply some head cement or UV type material to the body after the wing was tied in.  If you want to give the fly some extra protection then coat the thread body and base of the marabou wing with either of the fore mentioned products.  Remember, the added time and materials might not be worth it.  If you are tying these as fishing flies and would rather have a few extra then maybe the time spent “protecting” the fly could be spent making two or three more.  Always a trade off.  I hope you enjoy the video.

HookMustad SL73UBLN-36890, #4 – 2/0
ThreadUTC 210 Denier Fl. Fire Orange & Danville 6/0, Fl. Fire Orange
TagDanville Mylar Tinsel #14, Silver
BodyUTC 210 Denier Fl. Fire Orange
Wing4 to 5 stacks of Marabou, Purple
1st CollarPurple Hackle
EyesJungle Cock
2nd CollarGuinea Fowl dyed Orange (I used Fl. Orange Mallard Flank in the video)
HeadDanville 6/0, Fl. Fire Orange

That raps it up for the salmon and steelhead flies for a while.  I have a Redfish trip that I will be tying up some flies for.  The next four or five videos will be on some of those flies.  Hopefully, when those videos are published I will have some nice Redfish photos to go with them!

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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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