Trout Spey Flies IV – Fly Durability

Wee wet flies, tied rough and durable.

When the evening rise is on having to change flies after catching a fish costs the opportunity to catch the next fish. This fact, together with my passion for tying flies quickly, has lead me to tie durable flies and fish a barbless hook.

I’ve carried this into my Trout Spey fishing. The flies I have tied are basic, scruffy and durable. I’ve avoided tying wets that have wings that will be damaged by fish, so no wing feathers that can be hammered by the first fish that hits them.

Many of the great patterns on the Global Fly Fisher web page are beautiful and look like they would catch fish, but I simply cannot bring myself to tie or use them. I’ve stuck with materials that will cope with multiple fish, using breast feathers of Partridge, Mallard & Paradise Duck.

Light weight streams for fishing with a two weight spey rod. Note the Mickey Finn is not the conventional colour because I did not realise I was tying with Chartreuse.

These flies are all durable and will catch me multiple fish before they fall apart. Going on my experience with fly durability from my other flies I expect that the hook points will become blunt long before the fly starts falling apart.

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