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Claret Blue Spey
A Yuri Shumakov Fly From His Spey Collection

Claret Blue Spey, A Yuri Shumakov Fly 

Name Claret Blue Spey
Category Steelhead/Atlantic Salmon
Tag Flat pearl tinsel
Tail Teal
Body SLF dub in claret
Rib Oval gold tinsel
Hackle Spey cock (sub of heron)
Wing 2 strands if blue Mirror flash, bunch of Arctic fox tail hair in black, 2 to 3 strands of blue, black and holo silver angel hair
Roof Section of teal dyed in blue

Claret Blue Spey is one of the flies in the new series of Speys presented by Yuri Shumakov. Yuri, who has been noted on this site for his exceptional Tube Flies, shows his versatility with this series of Speys. You can see more of Yuri's flies at The Flies of Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov. See his notes about this fly below.

YURI'S NOTES: I have had great fun experimenting with materials and fly appearances while I worked on these patterns and fished with them. I can't say that they are my major weapon, but I always have a few spey flies with me. I found in the last 3 years that flies with pearl bodies or part of it work extremely well in certain conditions, especially with sunny weather. My interest in tying pearly flies was triggered by a fly presented by Alistair Gowans in one of UK fly fishing magazines a few years ago. I don't tie spey flies just because of the Spey style, but mostly for their effectiveness. Additionally, I always wish to have something unusual in my fly-box. Since I discovered the unique ability of American tyers to create new patterns just using single hooks, I decided to share some of my spey flies with American fisherman and fisherwomen. I hope it can be interesting for those who prefer tying on single irons. 


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