Spruce Nymph

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Spruce Nymph

Postby ScottP » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:22 pm

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A fly of unknown origin (found a pic in one of Randall Kaufmann's books); seems to be from the Tellico family.


hook - Mustad 9671 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 dark brown
underbody - non-tox wire .025
tail - peacock herl
rib - Flat-wax black
body - rabbit dubbing yellow
shellback - goose quill segment
hackle - brown hen


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Re: Spruce Nymph

Postby letumgo » Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:50 pm

I did a little digging to see if I could find the origin of this pattern. I did find the Spruce Fly pattern listed on page 209 of "Fish Flies: The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier's Art" by Terry Hellekson. Interestingly, he lists the abdomen as "red floss".

This book is an excellent reference, and contains a surprisingly good selection of wet flies.
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Re: Spruce Nymph

Postby ScottP » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:07 pm

Ray,

The Spruce Fly in Helleckson's book is the streamer, I think. A different bird altogether

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hairwing variation and a thicker body (fox squirrel tail for the wing, furnace hackle) tied on a Mustad 79580

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Re: Spruce Nymph

Postby letumgo » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:17 pm

Scott - You are correct! Thanks. ;)
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Re: Spruce Nymph

Postby Roadkill » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:52 am

Scott,

The Spruce Nymph form of the Spruce fly ;) is found in the 1970 Patrick's Fly Shop Pacific Northwest Fly Patterns. It is listed as "Tied by Lud Schoenfelder, 1943, Willamette City, Oregon". The original peacock tail was 1 1/2 x the body length and the body tied with yellow wool, your tie nails the pattern rather well. 8-)
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