Dark Spey Skater |
By Amy Hazel
The Dark Spey Skater is a dry fly/steelhead skater pattern developed by and tied in this example by John Hazel. This is a small skater which works particularly well on the Deschutes and other western rivers where steelhead come freely to the skating fly. The small bit of foam on the top of this fly serves a dual purpose - added visability for the angler and a bit of floatation for the fly.
The Dark Spey Skater is one of the flies in John's PFD skater series in which each of the traditional steelhead skaters has been modified to "wear" a personal floatation device - which is typically a bright piece of 2-3 mm foam. The reason we need to outfit these skaters with life jackets is that the fly spends most of its time in the water when Spey casting because there is no flase casting between presentations to dry the fly off.
This fly can be tied up in many different variations of body color and foam color to make it your own unique creation. Click on any of the small pictures to enlarge them.