Deschutes Skunk

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Deschutes Skunk

A Forrest Maxwell pattern. Long time hunting and fishing pal of John Shewey. They both tied flies under the tutelage of Dave McNeese and sparked the Steelhead Spey genre of flies in the PNW in the 70s through today.

John and Forrest even wrote a book together. Fly Fishing For Summer Steelhead.

forrest maxwell and shewey book.jpg

Originally a hairwing...this is the spey conversion. While it is as far from a skunk pattern as I've seen. Hey.....it's still a cool pattern.

deschutes river skunk spey.jpg

Hook - Blue Heron #3
Tip - Small silver oval tinsel
Tag - Red floss
Tail - GP crest
Body - Black angora dub
Rib - Medium silver oval tinsel
Hackle - Natural ringneck pheasant rump
Throat - Black ringneck pheasant rump and teal flank
Wing - Bronze mallard
Head - Black thread and Loon UV cure
 
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Yes, it is a cool pattern. However, I’ve never seen it before and I would never know it as a skunk, if you hadn’t told us. But, then again, all steelhead patterns are probably variations of something else, or the Skunk for that matter...

Well done as always, Flytie.
 

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I agree dillon. I'd never seen it before either...and it does't help I messed up with the tail color.....but I agree, Skunk pattern wouldn't be my first guess.

This is the hairwing version in Chris's other book...

deschutes skunk.jpg
 
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