Doc Spratley


Fly Tied by and Photo taken by Andy King

FISHING METHOD:  The most common method of fishing the Doc Spratley is to troll it with a full sink line (type II or III ) in 8 to 15 feet of water, with a 9 foot tapered leader of four to six pound test, close to the bottom. Vary your speed while trolling the fly.

 Hook  Mustad 9672 3X long shank, sizes 6 -14 or similar hook
 Thread  6/0 Black
 Tail  Guinea fowl or grizzly hackle fibers
 Ribbing  Flat silver or gold tinsel #14
 Body  Phentex or dubbing - black or red or green
 Beard  Guinea fowl or grizzly hackle fibers
 Wing  Pheasant tail
 Head  Peacock herl


  1. First pinch your barb, lay down a thread base to the bend of the hook.

  2. Tie in the tail, and then a length of silver tinsel.

  3. Tie in phentex or dubbing on the body,

  4. Wrap the body forward and tie off at 3/4 shank length

  5. Wrap the tinsel forward as evenly as possible to create the body segments

  6. Tie in the beard.

  7. Tie in the wing, using several strands of pheasant tail.

  8. Tie in 2-3 strands of peacock herl just ahead of the wing.

  9. Wrap the herl to form a rounded head, whip finish, and cement.

Probably one of the most popular flies in British Columbia. It is presumed that the pattern probably originated for caddis hatches in central British Columbia lakes. This fly is that is probably one of the best searching patterns you will ever find for British Columbia's lakes. Smaller sizes, especially when trimmed down, are good chironomid imitations. Also try varying your tying style, tie some thin and sparse, and others fat. While the fly itself doesn't represent any particular insect, it nonetheless serves as an adequate representation of all major insects found in British Columbia.