Guest Blogger: Eunan Hedron, Classic Fly Tyer

With steelhead season fast approaching (if not already here) in the North East I thought to tie up some classic swinging steelhead flies. I’ve made a trip to New York’s Salmon River a few times with my buddies, but missed the last couple of years. Current plans are to make another trip up there later in the fall. Previously when I’d fished that watershed, I’d used nymphs and egg flies but figured this year I’d try to swing some classics.

The flies below are well established steelhead patterns, given a modern twist, i.e. I use some different materials for the wings and body, (as indicated). All are tied on Dave McNeese Blue Heron Spey hooks, Size 3 (the smallest) – the only hook of the three in that line which is within Salmon River, NY tackle regulations (at last check). I’ll likely add a few more patterns to the box before the trip!

* indicates custom dyed materials

Coal Car 2Coal Car
Hook: Blue Heron #3
Tail: Black Hackle Fibers – I chose a soft rooster saddle hackle
Rib: Large Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Fl. Orange Wool*, Fl. Red Wool* and Black Chenille
Throat: Soft Black Rooster Hackle, wound full and tied down
Wing: Silver Fox Dyed Black* – include the under fur (crystal flash is included in the original)
Head: Black

Freight Train cropFreight Train
Hook: Blue Heron #3
Tail: Soft purple rooster hackle fibers*
Rib: Large Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Fl. Orange Wool*, Fl. Red Wool* and Black Chenille
Throat: Soft Purple Rooster Hackle* wound full and tied down
Wing: Silver Fox (guard hairs only, under fur removed) and Pearl Crystal Flash
Head: Black

Winter's Hope cropWinter’s Hope
Hook: Blue Heron #3
Body: Embossed Silver Tinsel (original has flat)
Hackles: Purple* over Sky Blue* Hackles wound full and partially tied down to accommodate the wings
Wing: Yellow over Orange Hackle Tips
Head: Red

 

 

Skykomish Sunrise cropSkykomish Sunrise
Hook: Blue Heron #3
Tag: Flat Silver Tinsel
Tail: Red and Tellow Hackle Fibers, mixed
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Red Chenille or Angora Goat Dubbing
Hackle: One Red Hackle and One Yellow Hackle, wound together
Wing: Silver Fox Fur with some under fur removed
Cheeks: Jungle Cock (optional)

 

NOTE FROM J. STOCKARD: Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise.

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