is a great pattern to swing through runs and holes. Fish
this pattern just as you would any traditional soft-hackle
or spey fly. While fish will take this fly on the dead
drift, many fish will strike it as it picks up speed at
the beginning of the swing. Some additional excitement
often comes on the first few strips of the fly and the
end of the swing before picking up and casting again.
this past fall I was fishing this fly in one of my
favorite runs on a local Lake Ontario tributary. On my
third cast I began stripping the fly in after swinging
it through the pool. On the second strip, I noticed a large
flash and a splash of water just behind the fly. I worked
another section of the pool for a couple casts and then
made another drift through the lie the fish was holding
in. My swing ended just a foot or so from where the strike
had come. I had not made my first complete strip of the
fly back in when the fish came again. This time she hit
her mark and the fly was seated securely in the corner
of the fish's jaw. Immediately, a beautiful dime bright
Steelhead was cartwheeling across the pool. After 15 minutes
and eight or nine wonderful jumps the fish was in my hands,
unhooked and released.
orange version of this fly is great for Steelhead. I also
tie a version in purple which the Steelhead and Chinook
Salmon seem fond of. Pink is a good choice for Coho and
Steelhead. A Chartreuse/Kelly green version is liked by
the large lake run Brown Trout and the all black version
seems to work on all of these species.
Jeff Pierce, AKA Dr. Fish, is the Sales Manager of Fly-Fishing
Products for O. Mustad & Son (USA), Inc and Partridge of Redditch.
He is the Captain of Team Mustad USA and is a diehard angler and fly
tier. He has traveled from Buffalo to Borneo in search of finned quarry
to grapple with.