hobo spey

Tying the Hobo Spey Fly Pattern for Steelhead

The Hobo Spey fly is a great looking pattern, easy to tie with no complicated materials needed. It is a low profile steelhead fly that looks great in the water, and can be tied in a variety of colour variations.

I always have at least a dozen of these flies in my box, tied in a variety of sizes. Smaller Hobo Spey flies are effective for targeting bull trout on the coastal rivers of British Columbia. The larger versions of the Hobo Spey are one of my go to BC fly patterns for our Spring fly fishing program near Vancouver.

Below you’ll find our latest fly tying video for the Hobo Spey fly. I tried to make the video to focus on handling materials with a few little personal tips I like to use when tying flies. instructions on how to tie this fly, as I said it is a quick and simple bull trout fly to tie.

Here’s the Hobo Spey fly tying video, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel or leave a comment on the video…

First off, the materials you’ll need to tie the “Hobo Spey” steelhead fly include:

    • Orange thread 140
    • Articulated shank
    • Gamakatsu size 2 Octopus hook
    • Wire
    • Green and purple dubbing
    • Guinea fowl
    • Marabou Spey (black)
    • Flashabou


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About the Author

Yos Gladstone is the owner operator of Chromer Sport Fishing, a guiding company and booking agency based in British Columbia, Canada. A full-time salmon & steelhead guide, Yos spends 200+ days a year on the water fishing, guiding and hosting trips.

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