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These will be the first steelhead fly patterns that I have tied since 1975, when I traveled up to Vancouver Island to fly fish for these sought after seagoing Trout.I will begin by tying four of each pattern – maybe more if I decide to vary sizes . A lot has changed since then and the runs have been drastically reduced and these fish along with many of the great Salmon runs are in peril. The causes are many and will not be documented here…This particular post has taken way too long to finish… I have a series of mostly photographic posts coming up shortly…

Completed box of traditional Steelhead Fly Patterns…

Home base… while Ally goes here to get her degree in Veterinary Medicine…

Traveling down to Lewiston, Idaho and the Clearwater River…

Coming down the grade ( Lewiston Hill )…

Traveling East along the Clearwater River towards Orofino, ID…

A right turn towards Peck, ID…

…and The Red Shed Fly Shop…I have never seen so much great stuff squished into such a small space…

So I was advised to purchase this book about the wonderful rivers in the area – The Clearwater, Grande Ronde, Salmon and Snake rivers and their tributaries. Inside one finds history, the names and bios of folks who pioneered steelhead fishing in these locations, their stories and tips, fly patterns that they used and the evolution of rods and equipment. This book is just a great read !!! Many of the first patterns I am tying will come from it, with a few variants of my own…

A pull-off, along the road, next to the Clearwater River…

GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 2441, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Fl. Orange Hackle

DUBBING BALL BUTT: Chartreuse Ice Dub

ABDOMEN: Medium Black Chenille

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Fl. White Buck Tail

HACKLE: Schlappen feather, Black

Materials – GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

GREEN SKUNK BUTTs…

One of the most popular steelhead patterns ever developed. Designed by Dan Callaghan, the green butt was added sometime after 1950. I would venture a guess that one still finds these in a majority of PNW steelhead fly shops…

The Clearwater River at a boat ramp…

GREEN ANT (Two Variants) Black Hackle / Grizzly Hackle – Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7 … 

Materials – GREEN ANT…* The Chartreuse Ice Dub isn’t supposed to be there…:doh:

GREEN ANTs…

The Green Ant is a variant:

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: GoldenPheasant Tippet

BUTT: UV2 Peacock herls (3) – Natural

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Thread

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo Brite Floss, Chartreuse

WING: Natural Squirrel Tail

HACKLE: WEbby Grizzly Hackle

The Clearwater River towards Lewiston, ID from Peck, ID…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Seal-X Ice, Nightmare Red

AT THORAX:  * -tie in UTC 70 Denier Fl. Orange thread to complete fly

HACKLE: Coq De Leon (Whiting) a bit heavy

Materials SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDLs…

Simple, with a hackling I have not used before…

Closer to Lewiston…

MELLOW YELLOW …

 HOOK: Daiichi 2441, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Floss

BUTT: Yellow Floss

TAIL: Yellow Mallard Flank *– not pictured in materials

REAR COLLAR:  UV2 Peacock Herl, dyed Black – 2 herls

ABDOMEN: Yellow Floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX: Firestar Dubbing, Caddis Green

WING: Yellow BuckTail

Hackle: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle, Yellow

Materials MELLOW YELLOW…

MELLOW YELLOWs…

Something for stained and off color water…

Long shot of the Clearwater River…

The North 40 Store in Lewiston in which a Fly Shop is located…about 1/6th. the size of Bob Marriott’s in L.A. …

A box in progress…

ORANGE & BLACK…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Uni Floss, Black

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Batch of strung Marabou, Fl. Orange, cut short

HACKLE: Fl. Orange Saddle Hackle…the package in the photo is from 1974

Materials ORANGE & BLACK…

ORANGE & BLACKs…

This pattern was favored by Jake Gulke who frequented the Grande Ronde …in the days when there were monumental runs of fish…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL …

HOOK: Daiichi 2421, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Purple Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: UV2 Purple Seal-X

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Buck Tail dyed Fl. White

Hackle: Purple Saddle Hackles

Materials UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERILs…

The Purple Peril was developed by George McLeod from the Seattle area before World War II. It is considered one of the classic PNW steelhead fly patterns

“BEATS ME” …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier  Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. Cerise thread

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX:  Medium Black Chenille

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Fox SquirrelTail

HACKLE: Webby Grizzly

Materials “BEATS ME”…

“BEATS MEs”…

Bill Alspach, who resided in Pullman, WA until his death in 1997, designed and used this fly pattern. He was asked by a fellow steelheader about the fly he was using and that’s how the name came about. I would have loved to have fished with this guy

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG:  Oval Copper Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: Base of UTC 70 Denier  Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Copper Brown Floss… that came on a wooden spool that I purchased somewhere in the mid 70’s… 🙂

RIB: Oval Copper Tinsel

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands of UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Squirrel Tail, Natural

Hackle: Yellow Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE…

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULEs…

I love this color…named after my daughter Ally and the famous drink which originated at the Cock N’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood before I was born…

HARBINGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2050, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Floss

OVER ABDOMEN: Uni Chartreuse Floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX: UV2 Peacock – Natural – 3 herls

WING: Chartreuse Buck Tail

HACKLE: Chartreuse Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials HARBINGER…

HARBINGERs…

I like CHARTREUSE…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Embossed Copper Tinsel – Veevus

TAIL: Dyed Purple Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Uni Doctor Blue Floss over a base of UTC 70Denier Fl. White thread

RIB: Copper Embossed Tinsel – Veevus

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Purple Peacock – 3 strands of herl

UNDER WING: UV pearl Krystal Flash – 6-8 strands

OVER WING: Black Buck Tail

HACKLE: Purple Wooly Bugger Saddle Hackle

Materials UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOCs…

My favorite colors …

BOX – DOUBLED UP…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

HOOK: Rick Miller/Variant – Daiichi 2050, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Yellow Hackle topped with Mallard Flank dyed Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Fine Lt. Orange Chenille

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Yellow Bucktail

CHEEKS: Golden Pheasant Tippet

HACKLE: Yellow Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLYs…

Rick Miller was one of the first steelhead fly fisherman who started fishing the Grande Ronde in 1948. It’s fair to say that he was one of the first fly fisherman to catch a steelhead on a fly in that river…If he were alive today, he would be 99 years old…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT …

HOOK: Daiichi 2421, #2

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Hot Orange Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: UV2 Seal-X, Black

RIB: Silver Tinsel

UNDER WING: 8 strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Yellow Bucktail

HACKLE: Schlappen Feather, Black

Materials PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANTs…

” This fly was introduced and popularized by Eddie Ward as he fished the Clearwater River back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was a graduate of Princeton so he used the college colors, orange and black and the athletic teams’, Tigers, to name the fly. It proved to be a very successful fly to lure big steelhead on the Clearwater.”...HERE

FALL FAVORITE  – Silvius/Variant …

HOOK:  Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Red Hackle Fibers

ABDOMEN: Medium Silver Tinsel

RIB: Oval Silver Tinsel * – Coat with Zap-a-Gap to lock in place

UNDER WING: Mix 4 strands each – Grizzly Krystal Flash (Black/Red) – Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVER WING: Red Bucktail

Materials FALL FAVORITE…

FALL FAVORITEs…

This pattern is a steelhead classic pattern. More on it’s history may be found HERE- FALL FAVORITE.

COPPER COLONEL / Variant …

HOOK:Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Embossed Copper Tinsel – Veevus

ABDOMEN: Medium Copper Brown/Pearl tinsel Chenille

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVER WING: Sparse Black Bucktail

HACKLE: Black Schlappen feather

Materials COPPER COLONEL / Variant..

COPPER COLONEL / Variants

A Duke Parkening pattern that was brought from California to catch Steelhead on the Clearwater River in the 60’s…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

HOOK:  Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Flat Gold Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Flat Silver Tinsel

RIB: Veevus French Tinsel. Gold *– coat with Zap-a-Gap to lock the rib in place

HACKLE: * – not shown – Webby Grizzly Hackle

WING: Fox Squirrel Tail

Materials SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRRELs…

Going all out on bright and flashy…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

HOOK: Daiichi 2441, 1/0

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen  /  Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Dyed Golden Pheasant Tippet, Red

BUTT: Dyed UV2 Peacock Herl, Pink, 3 strands

ABDOMEN: Purple Uni Floss

RIB: Flat Silver Tinsel

HACKLE: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle, Bright Purple

WING: Large Northern Bucktail, Purple

Materials UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLEs…

Purple is a color that is considered  de rigueur for steelhead patterns. The last color to disappear at depth. So this is one of those in a classic style…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE …

HOOK:Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Spooled Antron

RIB: Purple Medium D-Rib

WING: Back Deer Belly

HACKLE: Black Schlappen Feather

Materials CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLEs…

So…I wanted something different, in chartreuse which is one of my favorite attractor colors…this was it…

COPPER KING …

HOOK:  Daiichi 2051, # 5

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Copper Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Spooled Gold Antron

RIB: Embossed Copper Veevus Tinsel

HACKLE: Black Schlappen Feather

WING: Grey Squirrel Tail (Natural)

Materials COPPER KING…

COPPER KINGs…

A bright, shimmering pattern for off colored water…

GREEN LANTERN …

HOOK: Daiichi 2051 or Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Veevus Flat Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Natural Black Squirrel

UNDER ABDOMEN: Veevus Flat Silver Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip of Edgebrite Fl. Green

HACKLE: Black Schlappen feather

UNDER WING: 2 Midge Mirage Opal, 2 Midge Flash Chartreuse strips

WING: Black Deer Belly

Materials GREEN LANTERN

GREEN LANTERNs…

This pattern was a favorite of Craig Lannigan, from Lewiston, Idaho who was one of the finest steelhead fly fishermen in the area, on the Clearwater River …

Almost completed box…

LEPRECHAUN …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward / UTC 70 Denier Fl. White –  Under Abdomen

TAG: Gold Tinsel

TAIL: Chartreuse hackle

RIB: Veevus French tinsel, Gold

ABDOMEN: Dark Green spooled Antron *- over UTC 70 Denier Fl. White thread

HACKLE: Chartreuse Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

WING: Grey Squirrel Tail (Natural)


Materials LEPRECHAUN…

LEPRECHAUNs…

Something in dark green …

 

 

Next: A day on the Grande Ronde…

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

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