Spey Hackles - Lady Caroline

By Bob Petti

The Lady Caroline - A True Classic
Possibly the most famous of all spey flies, the Lady Caroline.

Definitely the Lady Caroline is one of the all time classic spey flies. Heck, it's well known as a killing salmon fly in general. One of the oldest spey flies, it is still used today. The combination of materials and the classic styling make it one of the most attraction flies I've ever encounered.


Alec Jackson Spey

Thread Black Danville 6/0
Tail Golden Pheasant Body Feather Barbs
Body Olive Brown Wool (original was three strands of berlin wool, two olive and one drab brown, wrapped together)
Rib Flat Gold Tinsel and Fine Oval Gold Tinsel. Optionally a reverse wrapped gold write to reinforce the hackle.
Hackle Blue Eared Pheasant
Collar Golden Pheasant Body Feather
Wing Bronze Mallard

User comments
From: Clark Lucas · fishtrap·at·froniernet.net  Link
Submitted August 1st 2009


I found another pattern for Lady Caroline out of Capt Hale's book the notes a Reddish Brown Seal dubbing.

Clark Lucas

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