Easy to tie, and easier to cast, the Hoh Bo Spey has become a must-have fly for winter steelheaders.
By Charles St Pierre
I wanted to create a fly that could be fished on the swing for steelhead and salmon year round using a sinking or full floating line. Named after two of my favorite Northwest Rivers (Bogachiel, Hoh) and influenced by numerous Northwest fly variations, this is the fly I designed to fill that somewhat tall order. The long and limp natural guinea, marabou, and lady Amherst fibers create incredible lifelike action and are dressed lightly to allow maximum depth penetration quickly and efficiently. The variations of UV dubbed body create contrast and brightness inside the fly silhouette while the body hackle supports the longer fibers for a broader silhouette and additional action. Because this fly uses few materials and is lightly dressed to create its profile and amazing action, it casts easily and efficiently with both single and double handed rods.
The marabou fibers should be long enough to extend to the point of the hook. The Amherst fibers should be long enough to extend past the hook point and at least an inch longer than the marabou fibers. The strands of flash should extend slightly (1”) past tips of the Amherst fibers. The tips of the Amherst fibers should be pointing toward each other and parallel with the profile of the fly when set correctly.
How to fish it
Cast slightly up and across or down and across and swing through using either a sinking or floating line anywhere 365 days a year (wouldn’t that be a dream come true!).
A lifetime resident of Washington State Charles began fishing for steelhead and salmon at the age of eight years old on many of Western Washington’s most productive anadromous rivers. Charles is a part-time fishing guide, founder of Northwest Speycasting fly casting schools, contract fly tyer for Solitude Fly Co., and competition fly caster. Other signature Solitude flies by Charles include The Foxee Dog, The Foxee Prawn, and GP Spey.