Hi William, you're welcome and thank you right back
The original Nine Three pattern or the variations I make of it have been catching trout and salmon for me since I first started tying it circa 1979 - 80. If you learn to tie and fish feather wing streamers you won't go back to any other type of wet fly. They are like fishing with spinners except you feel like you've accomplished something because they're just feathers. The hit you get is similar to a fish stopping a spinner on the retrieve.
I've been a dedicated streamer fisher for almost 20 years now. I became an opportunistic dry fly guy and still use them but the streamer is my favorite way to fish for larger trout or salmon.
PS. Check the Flies For Alaska Salmon & Steelhead thread in the Alaska forums, there you can find many wild looking patterns that you can talk a fish into hitting. Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing
I pasted the link on the bottom of my last post.........................
If you use the pattern I call Spey Dress for trout, I would put the materials on a Partridge Bartleet #4 or 6. That is the hook I'm using for trout and it will hole fish up to 10 pound and over while not injuring a small fish.
This fly, from page 2 of 'Flies for Alaska Salmon & Steelhead' caught 9 salmon today and didn't come apart. Todays date: September 20, 2011, there is still a good month of fishing left before cold becomes a problem. I'm going to keep fishing for one of our big rainbow trout until the ice makes me quit. When you look at the second fish on this thread you may understand how it's hard to know when you are seeing a trout or if you're looking at a semi fresh silver / coho salmon.
Not all were this dark but this one shows the fly, I was hunting for rainbow trout / steelhead and there are some here. the problem is that they are hanging around the salmon and you can't keep the salmon off your fly. Imagine that! It's for real, I could have caught many many more salmon but if I can see one start chasing the fly I speed it away from them. If I were to let every one that goes after the fly grab it I would not be doing much trout hunting.
I also took 4 more on the Black Heron today;
One of the fish that grabbed the Black Heron Spey fly;
Most recently the Jock O' Dee (from the Salmon Fly Tie Along thread) and The Red Head (found in the Flies for Salmon & Steelhead thread) are winning the days, I'll be fishing a Red Head tomorrow............
Taken on the Red Head along with many other fish on the same pattern this fall;
Yes, I'm pushing the fancy flies for use where ever you are fishing cold water trout, steelhead, and salmon. The jury is back, the verdict is in, the flies catch fish. Now I know you can catch fish on a woolly bugger but making something that pretty and then seeing a fish grab hold of it puts you near the top of the enjoyment scale for sure.
Alright Ard, I had to BS some mats on this one, but here's my attempt at your Orange Amnesia. I got a bag of salmon hooks so I had to have a go. I may be going out in the morning and there should be salmon running where I'm at, so I figured I'd borrow some patterns from the master! Unfortunately my assortment of feathers is lacking, so I can't take a shot at the starling feather patterns, and my flank-wrapping-fu is severely lacking.
What do I need to improve? And what other patterns should I tie? There should be steel, browns, and salmon in the water tomorrow.
And this is what a 9-3 looks like tied by a novice with no starling feathers and no step-by-step