Spey Hackles - Sol Duc

By Bob Petti

Syd Glasso's Sol Duc
The Sol Duc, one of the famous steelhead spey flies developed by Syd Glasso.

The steelhead spey flies of the late Syd Glasso have spawned a whole genre of fly tying. Differing from their classic cousins, Syd's flies are typically very bright and often use a pair of hackle tips for the wing in place of the traditional bronze mallard. Not all of his flies have as many ingredients as the Sol Duc, but I'm hard pressed to pick one that I like better. The combination of colors, the use of a topping, and the overall shape of the fly I find very appealing.


TMC 7999, #2

Thread Black Danville 6/0
Tag Silver Tinsel
Tail Golden Pheasant Crest
Body Rear half orange floss, front half orange SLF
Rib Oval Silver Tinsel
Hackle Yellow Saddle Hackle palmered behind ribbing
Collar Teal Flank
Wing Orange Hackle Tip
Topping Golden Pheasant Crest

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