Raven with hackle wings
Here’s a slight variation of Brad Burdens steelhead spey pattern developed for the Oregon rivers. Bob Veverkas book on spey flies has been a huge source of inspiration for me and many others and the plate featuring Burden patterns is one that I like to visit often. To me they are sort of a mix between American spey flies and Finnish salmon fly design. Simple yet beautiful. This one is a really quick tie suitable for beginners and let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with that color combo.
Tip: Oval silver tinsel.
Tail: Golden Pheasant crest dyed red.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Black Seals fur.
Hackle: Black Heron or similar long feather:
Wing: Natural black hackle tips. I used hen on these.