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Old 05-08-2010, 11:49 PM
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Default Green Top;

Simple tie and a little something to aid you in seeing the fly given the right conditions. Fish seem to like dark brown and black flies but swinging a fly to the target when you can't see the fly can lead to problems.

Green Top;

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Tying;

Hook; AJ Steelhead Iron #3
Body: Rear is Black floss Front is built up with black sparkle dubbing
Rib: Fine
Throat: A piece of Orvis Poly Flash Tubing unraveled
Wing / Veil: Small bunch of black Crystal Flash
Hackle: Black goose
Topping: Light chartreuse green Monga Ringtail or similar soft dyed fur

Note: I make these with orange and white tops also. Depending on the weather conditions / visibility all work fine on the rainbows. Or, just tie on a Thor............
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Default Caroline;

I have added this fly to my boxes and so turned out a few in fishing grade. Lady Caroline is the given name of this old pattern. My tie is not true to form in its materials used and I will list as it is tied.

L. Caroline, 2 Interpretations;

Long Wings with Ringneck Rump;


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Tying;

Hook: Partridge #4 Bartleet
Tag: Gold embossed tinsel
Tail: Fibers of a golden pheasant breast feather
Body: A blend of olive and brown silk floss
Hackle: This is a pair of Ringneck rump feathers, 1 brown, 1 a tad blue
Ribbing: Bring the embossed tinsel forward and follow with fine silver French twist, counter wind over the hackle.
Wing: Bronze mallard



Short Tight Wing With Blue Earred Pheasant Hackle;

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Purple Spey Fly;


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Hook: AJ 1.5
Tag: Embossed silver tinsel
Tip: Making up the rear half of the body, wine colored floss
Body: Front Is dubbed with a mixed wine and black sparkle dub
Ribbing: Embossed silver tinsel wound forward to cover the hackle quill
Hackle: A very dark purple marabou strip
Collar: A long black saddle hackle
Wing: Bronzed mallard on top of all

Fairy Shrimp;

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Tying;

Hook:Partridge Bartleet #4
Tag: One or two turns of braided French tinsel
Tip / rear 2/3 of body pink floss
Body: Front 1/3 shrimp pink ultra chenille
Hackle: Burnt goose dyed fairly dark pink
Rib: Oval French silver
Collar: Guinea flank
Wing: Matched bronzed mallard flank

Black & Gold Spey Fly;

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Hook: Partridge Bartleet size 4
Tail: Silver pheasant rump feather fibers
Body: Olive & brown dubbing
Hackle: Rump feather from a silver pheasant
Rib: Embossed silver tinsel
Collar: Rump feather from a golden pheasant
Wing: Bronzed mallard

Olive & Brown

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Hook: #4 Bartleet
Body: 3/4 light olive floss front 1/4 olive dubbing
Hackle: Olive spey hackle your choice
Collar: This is a rump feather from a ring neck pheasant
Rib: Fine silver French braid oval
Wing: Matched slips of bronzed mallard

Munster;

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Tying;

Hook: Gold AJ #3
Body: Rear 2/3 florescent green floss front claret dubbing
Hackle: Purple spey feather over dubbing & a throat of purple marabou
Rib: Fine silver oval over all
Wing: Dyed brown mallard

I spent a couple days camped on a river last week. I was hoping to find salmon or the steelies that travel with them but that was not to be the case. I did however find that a fly like the one posted below was really good for Char and I had a hard time keeping them off the hook. They weren't large but I was more than happy to see them.

Very Simple Fly;

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Hook: Daiichi 2151 #2
Body: Wind the hook with flat silver and dub the front 1/4 with brown fur
Hackle: Wind a Pheasant rump feather over that brown fur
Rib: Wind fine silver wire or oval strand over body and bind down the Pheasant feather
Wing: I tied two Golden Pheasant breast feathers in as under wing and topped with dyed mallard.

This would probably be good for trout and char anywhere if tied in smaller sizes. Here it looks like a great char fly.

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Old 06-20-2010, 08:49 PM
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Default Re: Flies for AK. Steelhead Fishing

That's a beautiful list of flies. I'm new here and figured this is a good place to start. Here are a couple of mine I have been working on for steelhead.

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Hook: Alec Jackson size 3
Tip: silver oval tinsel
Tag: orange silk floss
Tail: red golden pheasant crest
Body: 1/2 Purple silk floss, 1/2 purple seal
Rib: pearl Mylar, and silver oval tinsel
Hackle: Purple Schlapen
Collar: peacock body feather
Wing: Purple hackle tips (under), Blue, Claret, Purple, black Goose shoulder, Turkey Tail feather.
Cheeks: jungle cock nails

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Hook: Alec Jackson
Tip: silver oval tinsel
Tag:light blue silk floss
Body: rear 1/3 blue floss front 2/3 blue seal
Hackle: Blue Schlapen
Rib: silver oval tinsel
Collar: blue Guinea fowl
Wing: blue Grizzly hackle tips

A couple years ago I spent a week floating the Tal. While on that trip I met a guy who was fishing this muddler and killing it. It's not as pretty as most of the other flies on this thread but is works really really good on rainbows

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Tail: Turkey wing
Body: Pearl diamond braid
Wing; Zonked rabbit
Legs: White rubber
Head: spun deer hair
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Default The Changing Season;

As fall begins to take shape steelhead / trout and char will be all that is left in my rivers and creeks. These flies will be tested soon.

Copper Green Ultra;

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This is a pattern meant to be fished on floating line and to represent food.

Tying it:

Hook: Daiichi AJ. #5
Thread: Black
Tag: Bright green Ultra Wire
Body: Embossed copper foil
Hackle: Dk. Olive Rhea
Rib: Bring the green Ultra Wire forward and use it to clinch down the Rhea stem
Collar: Purple Marabou
Wing: Over all, two slips of Bronze Mallard flank

Very fishy fly.

Simple Shiner;

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Tying it:

Hook: Daiichi AJ. #5
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat Copper Braided tinsel
Body: Silver floss double wrapped
Hackle: Blue Eared Pheasant rump feather
Rib: Bring the copper braid forward and clinch down the BEP stem as you go
Throat: A very short Rufus (red brown) wood duck breast feather
Collar: Lemon Wood Duck
Wing: Two slips of Bronze Mallard over all

Carron Style;

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Tying it:

Hook: Partridge Bartleet #4
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat Gold Foil
Body: Red Antron spooled yarn
Hackle: Burnt Goose
Rib: Flat gold foil brought forward and clinching the hackle stem as you go
Counter rib: Fine Silver tinsel (round) also over the hackle stem
Collar: Guinea Hackle
Wing: Two slips Bronze Mallard over all

Carron in Orange & Black;

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Tying;

Hook: Alec Jackson Spey
Tag: Silver embossed tinsel foil
Body: Light orange floss
Hackle: Long black rhea herl tied very full here
Rib: Flat silver embossed foil
Counter wire: Gold wire
Collar: Gueinea
Wing: Bronze mallard


Same fly, different hook & hackle;

A couple subtule changes give you a much sleeker fly. Hook is smaller and the hackle is blue eared pheasant.

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How bout one with a few changes?

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Tying;

Come on, you can figure that out. The higher wing will give you a much better profile when you're trying to say "Food"

Purple has worked well for me this year so I have dyed some hackles and picked up some new dubbing. This fly will catch fish;

Hot Purple Dubbed Spey style;

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That is loose dubbing wrapped around the tipping, I will see how long that floss tip lasts when this gets chomped a few times.

Here's a feather wing version of the same colors.

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If you need materials information send a PM and I will post recipes for any flies that do not have one posted.

Black & Blue Tent Wing;

This type wing is very resilient and helps the fly have a good meaty look.

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Red & Black Mohair; Very effective fall / winter color combo for trout & char.

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Body is mohair yarn, palmer hackle is claret, collar hackle is rhea fibers, wing dyed mallard bronze to black. This basic design of tie always stays upright on the swing and takes on a bullet shape in the current. I don't know if it is color or shape that makes it a good tie but fish like the fly.

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Default Re: Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

A variation on the skykomish sunrise

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Default Re: Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

Time to add some new stuff;

Marty's Wet Fly;

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Pattern compliments of Marty Howard

Recipe;

Hook: #6 Salmon hook
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Gold Pheasant tippets
Rear body: Salmon pink floss
Front body: Purple & blue sparkle dub
Ribbing: Oval silver
Collar: Purple hackle your choice, I use goose
Wing: A sparse clump of white bear or similar white fur, lacquer it before finishing the head

Tweaked a Bit, Purple Feather Wing;

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Hook: #6 Salmon
Tag: Same
Tail: Dyed Amherst tippets
Body: Same rear
Body: Big gob of purple dubbing
Ribbing: Same
Wing: White feathers from a cape, 4 of them
Cheek: Jungle cock
Collar: Purple hackle

December's Fly;

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Recipe:

Hook: This is on a #6
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Black marabou silk or similar
Ribbing: Purple silk floss followed by oval gold tinsel (just for fun)
Hackle: Purple hackle (long) is wound on the front third of the body and secured by the ribbing
Wing: A pair of Amherst pheasant tippets dyed purple over which are 4 black hackles taken from a cape and fixed with jungle cock eyes
Collar: Black saddle hackle (long) and tied back when finishing the head

PM if you want tying recipe on this;

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Wingless Still water Attractor;

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Recipe; This was tied for still water and pools.

Hook: This is a #6
Tag: flat gold tinsel
Tip: Pink floss
Tail: Amherst pheasant crest
For tipping: Burgundy floss
Body: Black floss
Hackle: very long burnt goose dyed purple
Rib: Oval gold brought forward over the goose quill to secure it
Collaring: First golden pheasant tail fibers tied symmetrically then natural guinea fowl

White Ranger;

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Hook: This is a #4
Tag: Fine oval tinsel
Tip: Burgandy floss
Tail: Amherst Crest
Butt: White ostrich herl
Body: Black marabou silk or similar on rear 2/3 of body black spun fur to build the front 1/3
Wing: A pair of amherst tippets over which are 4 hackles from a cape and dyed claret and fixed with jungle cock
Collaring: Whitting's Bird Fur (white hackle) and Black schlapplen in front tied back

You can pretty much see how this is made from the same materials as the fly above except it has amherst crest horns. Make you think anything will catch a salmon in Alaska huh?

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Black Cross;

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Tying;
Hook: Daiichi 2051 choice
Tag: Oval silver
Tail: Gold pheasant
Butt: Ostrich here but I am going to switch to goose in the future
Body: Rear is black marabou silk or yarn front 1/3 is mohair yarn
Ribs: Two strips of embossed silver wound in opposing symmetry on rear of body, Oval gold on front
Hackle: Goose or schalapplen wound on front of body
Throat: Guinea wound and tied down
Wing: Black Goose with jungle cock cheek
Collar: Black hackle

Sorcerer;

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Tying;
Hook: Partridge # 4 or 6
Tag; Oval gold
Tail: Gold pheasant
Butt: Ostrich
Body: Copper tinsel rear 2/3
Front: Black dubbing or spun fur
Hackle: Black over front of body
Rib: Oval gold
Wing: Black goose with jungle cock
Collar: Guinea

This is simply a hair wing version of the fly;

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Many of these are new patterns and remain untested but I believe all will catch our fish here.

Recipes soon.....................

Orange Cross;

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Hook: This is a Partridge Bartleet #4
Tial: Orange hackle fibers
Body: Rear 2/3 black marabou silk Cross / Counter ribbed with Gold foil tinsel
Body: Front 1/3 is hackled with black burnt goose and Cross ribbed with oval silver overtop the hackle stem
Collar: Guinea foul
Beard: Orange hackle fibers
Wing: Orange Goose sections with jungle cock eyes

Salmon Fly;

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Hook: Partridge Bartleet #6
Tag: Small oval silver
Tail: Your choice, this is a sort of pheasant crest. It is not dyed and I have had them over 30 years, I don't know what bird they came from
Butt: Ostrich black
Body: Rear 2/3 = Flat silver embossed foil with oval Rainbow Sparkle braid
Body: Front 1/3 = Burgundy Mohair hackled with burnt silver doctor burnt goose
Collar: Claret red hackle
Wing: Black goose wing quill sections with jungle cock eye

Char Fin, this has been tested and is a great color combo for char and salmon.

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Hook: Diaichii 2050 size 1.5
Tag: Flat silver foil
Body: Rear 2/3 Black marabou silk Palmered with a stiff saddle hackle tip and over wound with medium oval silver
Front: Black mohair hackled with black marabou over wound with medium gold oval tinsel
Throat: Equal bunches of orange, black, and white hackle fibers
Collar: Gadwall flank
Wing: Equal married sections of orange, black, and white goose wing quill



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Default Re: Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

Ard, they're all very nice patterns.

I particularlly like #'s 5 and 6 (same pattern?); I haven't seen that kind of sparse dressing on a Salmon/Steelhead fly before. The Guinea Fowl collar hackle really sets them up. I bet they'll be very effective with a lot of action in the water. Are they tied on smaller hooks? I ask because of the length of the hackle past the bend.

Number 8 is also particularly nice; I've gotten so that I really like the whole feather wing patterns; GP, Lady Anherst or other.

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Default Re: Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

This fly was tied while I was participating in last winter's Salmon Fly Tie Along thread hosted by our member Pocono. It is called the Jock O' Dee, since I began fishing with it this fall it has caught trout, salmon, char and grayling in great numbers. Of course I have made more even though they weren't an easy tie.

The complete recipe and tying instruction can be found on page 45 of the thread and you can find it in the General Fly Tying Discussion forum here Salmon Fly Tie-Along? You will need to scroll through the thread from this point to reach the tying step by step photos. I highly recommend this as a trout & salmon streamer, don't be afraid to make that hackle long!


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This is a split wing Dee style fly and it works very well.

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That's a beautiful list of flies. I'm new here and figured this is a good place to start. Here are a couple of mine I have been working on for steelhead.

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Hook: Alec Jackson size 3
Tip: silver oval tinsel
Tag: orange silk floss
Tail: red golden pheasant crest
Body: 1/2 Purple silk floss, 1/2 purple seal
Rib: pearl Mylar, and silver oval tinsel
Hackle: Purple Schlapen
Collar: peacock body feather
Wing: Purple hackle tips (under), Blue, Claret, Purple, black Goose shoulder, Turkey Tail feather.
Cheeks: jungle cock nails

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Hook: Alec Jackson
Tip: silver oval tinsel
Tag:light blue silk floss
Body: rear 1/3 blue floss front 2/3 blue seal
Hackle: Blue Schlapen
Rib: silver oval tinsel
Collar: blue Guinea fowl
Wing: blue Grizzly hackle tips

A couple years ago I spent a week floating the Tal. While on that trip I met a guy who was fishing this muddler and killing it. It's not as pretty as most of the other flies on this thread but is works really really good on rainbows

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Tail: Turkey wing
Body: Pearl diamond braid
Wing; Zonked rabbit
Legs: White rubber
Head: spun deer hair
that muddler looks the dogs bo**ocks
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