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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.
    Last edited by Ard; 03-11-2011 at 12:43 PM. Reason: Adding a variation;

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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.



    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



    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



    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.
    Last edited by Ard; 11-23-2011 at 07:14 PM.

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  9. Default Re: Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

    A variation on the skykomish sunrise



    moe

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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



    Last edited by Ard; 03-16-2011 at 11:41 PM.

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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.

    Pocono

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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 http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...-along-45.html 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!




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

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    Last edited by Ard; 07-24-2013 at 12:53 AM.

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    Default Re: Flies for AK. Steelhead Fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by wovenstonefly View Post
    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.



    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



    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



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

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    Default Re: Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

    The Alaska threads have languished while I have been involved in the General forum business, I intend to update information here for the year 2017.

    Many things have changed in my approach to how I'm catching the various species here since this fly thread was established. One major change is that for years I've been producing the AK. Assassin and other patterns using Pro Tube components and fishing with tube flies. Used on all species except Grayling the tubes are doing an outstanding job.

    First up is the Wilkinson Sunray variant.





    Primarily a steelhead pattern but catching many rainbow trout and silver salmon also with these. They are simple to construct as follows.

    Pro Tube 40mm in Black
    15 or 20mm Flexi Weight in silver depending on required depth.
    Wind a ball of Black Polar Ice Dub in front of the Flex Weight
    Wing is tied in three layers all sparse, Magenta Arctic Fox - Blue AF. with Black Angora Goat long on top.
    Topping is 6 - 8 long Peacock Herls.

    These can be tied with or without a color, when I color I use Schlappen or Marabou, if I collar them I use a Pro Tube Sonicdisc cones. I don't really believe in their sonic ability but can agree they add to the action of collar & wing by creating turbulence when in use.

    There are always a good number of these in my boxes.


    To learn how I fish these and all my flies visit my website at Fishing with Ard Stetts | Fly and Spey fishing in Alaska. Once you are there move to the Alaska Flies & Rivers Blog and scroll down to find both articles and video explanations of how I fish.

    This is not about my being a guide here in AK. it's about techniques that may be helpful to you wherever you fish. However, if you are coming to Alaska in the future it will help to be prepared in getting your flies down deep enough to connect with fish. 99% of the problems I see or have myself resonate from one of 2 things. Either you aren't deep enough or you're too deep and snagged to the bottom every other cast.

    The articles and video have titles that should be easy to find. More patterns on tubes soon.

    Ard

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