From wet to spey

From wet to spey

Viking Lars | Saturday, 30 November 2019

I’ve written about converting old (salmon)flies to modern hairwings for years. And this is far from something I’ve come up with. Since the late 1980ies/early 1990ies Swedish Mikael Frödin has been spearheading this discipline and has in many ways set the standard. I’ve tied plenty of Frödin’s designs, both new and old, and I’ve also made some of my own.

Lately I’ve been obsessing (just a little) over wet flies - old wet flies, that is. Martyn’s FP from the other day didn’t help. A few of them even found their way into salmon fly conversions. Classic, feather winged wet flies just somehow seems to epitomise everthing that is a “fly” in my eyes. And many of them are so old that their origins can’t really be traced, which also really appeals to me.

March Browns, Invictas, Goat’s Toes, Zulus, Red Tags and the list goes on for ever and ever - and then the Dunkeld. Lately I’ve had the Dunkeld on my mind, and tied up a few. And then it dawned on me that a spey-style fly in Dunkeld-colours would not only look good, but probably also work very well for late season salmon and sea trout in Denmark and Scandinavia. So I tied one - the one in the PoD.

This was the first attempt, so it’s not perfect, but certainly more than good enough to fish and more will follow. And it’s the first wet fly I’ve converted into a spey fly, but if the rumbling in the back of my mind means anything, it certainly won’t be the last. Even if it’s not the original, there’s something about fishing a century/ies old fly, which I really love.

Have a great weekend