Carey Special Wet Fly
The Carey Special is a classic wet fly pattern that is widely used in fly fishing for trout and other freshwater species. It was developed in the 1920s by British Columbia angler Colonel Carey and is still popular today.
The Carey Special Wet Fly is primarily thought of as a lake and pond fly. It is at home in many kinds of water and its adaptability allows it to imitate a wide range of fish foods. These include damselfly and dragonfly nymphs, cased caddis, small fishes and even crayfish.
The Carey Special wet fly is typically tied with a brown body, brown hackle, and a peacock herl thorax. The body can be made of fur, chenille, or other materials, and the hackle is wrapped around the body to add movement in the water. The peacock herl thorax gives the fly a shimmering appearance in the water and adds to its effectiveness.
This fly is typically fished as a wet fly, which means it is allowed to sink below the surface of the water and move with the current. It can be fished on a swing or retrieved in short strips to imitate a swimming or struggling insect. The Carey Special is particularly effective in streams and rivers with moderate to fast currents.
Overall, the Carey Special is a reliable and effective wet fly pattern that should be in every fly fisherman’s fly box. Its simplicity and effectiveness make it a go-to pattern for many anglers, and it can imitate a variety of small aquatic insects that trout feed on.
Usually available in the following color variations: Brown | Olive | Peacock | Red
Usually available in the following hook sizes: 4 | 6 | 8 | 10 | 12
Cliff Schroeder (verified owner) –
One cast and a bow grabbed it as soon as it hit the water