If you’ve been following our blog for some time, odds are you recognize the name Stuart Foxall. That’s because Stu has put together a bunch of great fly tying posts for our humble little blog. Today he’s back with another great step by step on how to tie an extremely effective salmon/steelhead pattern – The Templedog.
Although originally designed for Atlantic salmon, make no mistake, templedog style patterns work really well on steelhead and Pacific salmon too! Although they may not look like much out of the ordinary in the vise, give them a swim and you’ll see exactly why they’re so effective.
The Templedog Tube Fly – Tying Instructions
It’s quite interesting to see the number of European influences in the North American spey world -particularly with casting techniques and lines. But, there still appears to be fairly little change in the flies being used.
One style of fly that I think is very useful in any spey fisherman’s box is the Templedog (or what used to be called a Fatback). The shades of color and translucence that you can incorporate into this style of fly is far more effective than your standard bunny strips (although they are slightly more complex to tie). Here’s how to tie one.