Saturday, December 04, 2010
The Doc Spratley
One by one I’ve begun rebuilding a steelhead box that was recently stolen. Although other items were taken that box of faith and hope represented a quarter of a century of steelhead fishing; a collection of flies tied, bartered and gifted over the years. Of all that was taken, it was the most significant loss.
Several weeks passed before I sat down at my bench to begin the arduous tying process that would fill some of the voids left by the absconded box knowing that I would be unable to simply replace, or recreate that which was lost overnight. In doing so, I’ve found a renewed sense of excitement in tying those patterns that have proven their worth over the years and a renewed interest in tying a few new ones.
Greg Pearson stopped by the other day and naturally we spent a fair amount of time discussing our steelhead season; waters we had fished, successes, failures, flies and other related matters. He’d found great success in a pattern I’d heard of, but never fished or tied, the Doc Sprately. What caught my attention was the fact that it had a green butt. Those that know the patterns I prefer when steelhead fishing, know that a number of my flies quite consistently have a green butt.
Shortly after Greg left I was perusing the internet looking for samples of this fly and stumbled upon one that was of interest, the Doc Spratley Spey. It is a beautifully dressed low water fly, and one deserving of a steelhead. After a slight modification to the wing, there now lies a nice little gathering of these in my new box adjacent to those freshly tied patterns that are the foundation of my offerings. Come next season, I’ll be looking for a reason to fish this fly. It won’t take much knowing that any respectable steelhead would find it hard to resist.
Posted by Steve Schmidt