Online Spey School Course no 1 | Lady Caroline

Updated: Jan 14



I am really excited to finally announce the pre-registration of the Online Spey School course no. 1 where we will be learning to tie the Lady Caroline, first mentioned in George Kelson's "The Salmon Fly", 1895.




W H A T I S A S P E Y S C H O O L ?


Attend one of Kate's Spey Fly classes without the travel. Courses will be run similarly with materials & hooks provided for one specific traditional pattern along with a step by step video talking about the history and tying tips. Unlike regular classes however, students will receive the fly they are learning as reference and as something to put in their personal fly box. Students will also receive a class consult over video chat to ask questions and show off their progress.  This course will provide insight on two of the hardest tying techniques, selecting appropriate materials and mounting mallard.

In the mid 1860's any learned salmon angler could mark the differences between Spey flies, Dee patterns and other river specific familial styles. Today the classification 'Spey fly' is misinterpreted for any fly swung on a double hand 'spey' rod.  Kate will deconstruct the assumptions surrounding Spey and the differences on what makes a Spey fly, a Spey fly. 






W H A T I T I N C L U D E S


1. Materials to tie one Lady Caroline

2. A step by step video tying the Lady Caroline, pictures breaking down each step, an article that looks at the history of the Lady Caroline & a proportions graph

3. 30 minute video consult to ask questions during or after tying your fly

4. A Lady Caroline fly tied by Kate



W H Y J O I N ?


Tying Spey flies are difficult. period. They have select proportions that will not only allow your fly to swim or swing better but also for aesthetics. I designed this course for tyers to learn different techniques that are not regularly taught or spoken about, specifically regarding mounting mallard wings. If you live outside major cities where I teach courses, or are too busy, or too remote, this is a class for you. You are able to pace your self on your own schedule to watch the video provided, pause, rewind or stop. You will learn techniques that will cross over into other patterns, expanding your tying toolbox. You will learn the history of Lady Caroline herself and you will begin to appreciate your own flies tied using traditional techniques the late 19th century.







M O R E T O C O M E


This is the first of many courses to come in the Online Spey School. We will be working on future courses regarding specific patterns as well as specific traditional techniques.




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