Cheapskate Intro
Cheapskate Heron
Lady Caroline
Cheapskate Green Butt

Cheapskate Heron

The Cheapskate Heron is a poor man's Spey fly.

By Martin Joergensen

Inexpensive salmon hook size 4-2/0
Flat mylar silver tinsel, small
Orange rayon floss
Red golden pheasant body feather
Embossed silver tinsel, medium
Black wool dubbing or yarn
Natural grey heron, sparse and guinea fowl
Bronze mallard

Tying instructions:
  1. Start the thread where the front end of the floss tag will be.
  2. Wind the thread in smooth touching turns to above the tip of the hook
  3. Tie in the flat tinsel and wind four touching turns to the rear and four back again.
  4. Tie off the tinsel and cut surplus
  5. Wind the thread forwards in close, smooth turns to its starting point
  6. Tie in the orange floss
  7. Wind the floss to the rear to touch the tag and back again in smooth touching turns
  8. Tie down the floss and cut surplus
  9. ie in a small red G.P. body feather as tail
  10. Tie in the flat tinsel ribbing
  11. Dub the body to a slim, tapered shape with black wool or yarn
  12. Wind the ribbing forwards in 5 open turns
  13. Tie down the ribbing and cut surplus

  14. Prepare two or three short sections of heron as shown on the picture above

  15. Tie in the sections under the hook shank just in front of the body. The hackle should reach approx. a shank length behind the hook.
  16. Trim off stem pieces
  17. Prepare a section of a medium size guinea fowl feather in the same way
  18. Tie in the guinea fowl as a throat hackle reaching mid shank. Trim off stem
  19. Prepare two sections of bronze mallard for wings
  20. Set the mallard back to back on each side of the shank just in front of the body
  21. catch with a loose loop, pinch and draw tight
  22. Cut the butts
  23. Form a smooth tapered head
  24. Whip finish and cut thread
  25. Varnish

User comments
From: Ad Hoogenboezem · ad-hoogenboezem·at·  Link
Submitted November 6th 2011

Congratulations. Very nice fly. I myself have lots of heron spey hackles, so I ty in a whole hackle
for one fly. Looks very good !

From: Renato Bugelli · renatobugelli·at·  Link
Submitted May 23rd 2007

Very nice fly and I believe it will work too. Very interesting the hackling style!

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