It has become a tradition at the NW Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo to have a spey plate, where tyers are asked to tie their interpretation of one fly. There are usually between 18 and 24 flies in the plate each year. Monte Smith has put together the plate the last few years. For the 2016 show, the chosen fly is the Claret Brown. Below is my Claret Brown interpretation. The claret turned out a little darker than planned (it didn’t look that dark in the package), but I like the overall look.