Posts Tagged ‘steelhead fly pattern

03
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Subtle Deceit (Gadwall & Basic Black)

Love mallard, teal and especially gadwall for wings.  Also, the subtlety of  less can be more in low, clear, late summer flows. Not a low water hook (wide gap here), but a sparser tie. Maybe…..


A bit scruffy at the head...

Tried a different hook style....

02
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Exciter Fly Patterns (goofball alert)

Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s, I came by a book called Exciter Fishing: A New Way to Catch Trout, Salmon and Char by Fred Olson (Winchester Press, 1978). The gist of the book was that migratory fish were not feeding, but rather responding to stimuli that excited the striking responses of the fish. One of the assertions was that certain colors or combinations of colors were ‘exciters’ to fish, therefore you might as well combine those colors into one ‘exciter’ palette and see what shook. OMG!

So, this is akin to self flagellation, but here are a couple such patterns, tied long ago. Part of yesterday’s rescue effort, the wings are a little worse for wear from moths, but you get the goofy intent and craziness of it all. To a much lesser degree today, steelhead patterns are combinations of colors and movement to excite the striking response…but, at the time, and even now, these were outlandish patterns.

"Exciter Fly" By the Colors (SwittersB)

19
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Steelhead & Flambe

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30
Sep
08

Comet Fly Pattern (Fox’s Hot Shot Comet)

Picked this pattern up in two colors (my favorite two) at The Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, Oregon (nice shop, nice people, great advice). This is a straight forward Comet pattern. The heavy dumb bell eyes will flip the fly over with the point up. The tail could use some flash, but really that thorax with the flashabou collar is a great hot spot along with the color. I am going to try these this Fall, along with some Intruder, Hobo, Hobbits. These new names and designs are all different then the old Green Butt Skunks, Babine Specials, Stewart Specials and Skyhomish Sunrise. Boy did that date me. Unless your good with that Spey rod..barb the hooks for sure; you or your buddy will appreciate it.




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