Originated by Charles St, Pierre, the Hob Bo Spey is named after the famous Olympic Peninsula Steelhead rivers, the Hoh River, and the Bogachiel River. A great low water fly, with a solid profile and stinger hook, it is a versatile, easy casting fly, and the color combinations are almost endless.
A proven effective fly in Alaska for Salmon, Steelhead, and Rainbow Trout, the black and blue color combination is a favorite. That being said, add a little flash, and some Salmon flesh color, and see how that works.
Originator: Charles St. Pierre
Photos, Instruction and Tied by Mike Brown, the owner of Mossy’s Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska.
Step 1. Wrap your thread down the shank of the shank appx 1”.
Step 2. Double your fireline over and tie down at the end of your thread. Adjust your loop to appx 1” long.
Step 3. Tie down the fireline up to appx 3 hook eye widths back of the shank eye, double over, and tie back.
Step 4. Tie in your guinea feather. I tie in by the base, but you can tie in by the tips as well.
Step 5. Using a little bit of wax, coat your thread. Twist a small amount of the ice dub onto your thread. Using little amounts will go a long way.
Step 6. Wrap your dubbing forward, creating your body. Wrap up to where you doubled over your fireline.
Step 7. Palmer your Guinea feather forward over the body, keeping even spaces, to the front of your dubbing body. Clip off the excess feather.
Step 8. Tie in your marabou at the tip. Wrap your marabou forward, leaving enough room for a small head. You should get 3-4 turns.
Step 9. Take a single strand of Amherst and tie in on top, tie in the next single stand on the side, repeat on the opposite side, and then one strand on the bottom.
Step 10. Build a small clean head, whip finish, and glue.
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