For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, March 26, 2018
The "Spruce" a fly created by a angler named Godfrey from Seaside, Oregon. It was designed to take summer and fall runs of cutthroat trout from Oregon streams. By it's design it was probably made to imitate an insect found in the stands of Oregon spruce. The fly is now considered to be a streamer and has a reputation of being favored by brown and rainbow trout. The history of the "Spruce" is long. And the reference of it's tying and history comes from the pages of Joe Bates book "Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing" which is considered the bible of streamer patterns.
I'm sure you will find some variations of the Spruce online, I know the first Spruce I fished looked different than the actual pattern. Reason being it is easier to tie then the original. The splayed wings can be a bit tricky to tie in. The Spruce I first fished was purchased at Kittery Trading Post in Maine.
The "Spruce...Hook TMC 300 #10... tail, peacock swords...body, red wool, then peacock herl...wing, silver badger hackle splayed so they form a "V"...collar silver badger.
The "Spruce" is sometimes tied with golden badger hackle. All of the other materials are the same with the exception of the hackle.