You guys & gals are probably bored with me but here's what I've been doing today.
Same old stuff but if it ain't broke I don't fix it. Jock O' Dee on size 4 Partridge Bartleet hooks. These will be first in the river tomorrow, Wednesday November 6. I have an even dozen in various sizes in my trout box and every time that I have raised a steelhead for three years in a row, this is the fly that gets their attention.
I don't know what it is, or what it must look like but even with all the Sculpins and Intruders I've tied this year, the Dee fly will be the one I will fish.
Tail: 2 matched hackle tips dyed orange
Body: Rear 2/3 yellow silk, front 1/3 black silk
Rib: Metallic embossed foil tinsel
Hackle: Blue Eared Pheasant wound on front 1/3 of body in Dee style
Collar: 2 turns of fine spotted Guinea hen
Cheeks: Jungle Cock eyes
Wing: 2 matched turkey slips set out Dee style
I've seen better examples but this is my basic pattern for trout and salmon and it will work. The way the wings are set and the general balance of the other materials make these flies ride or plane perfectly when you use them. They just look right in the water, like a little fish might look or close enough many times. Many other flies look fine in the vise but when fished they swing on their side or worse. I don't recall catching fish on a fly that didn't ride properly.
At any rate I took a picture of one of them just in case they land me a big fish over the next few days.