Pray’s Optic Steelhead Fly

Pray’s Optic Steelhead Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is another Pray’s Optic Steelhead Fly. This is the second of Pray’s Optic steelhead flies in a friend’s collection with a note on the fly stating it was tied by C. Jim Pray (1885 – 1952) of Eureka, CA in 1947. I did some research but didn’t find a…

Pray’s Silver Demon

Pray’s Silver Demon

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Pray’s Silver Demon steelhead fly. C. Jim Pray (1885 – 1952) of Eureka, CA is known for starting fly fishing for salmon and steelhead on the heavy winter waters of the Eel River and other Northern California rivers.

Pray Optic Fly

Pray Optic Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Pray Optic Fly. This is another fly in a friend’s collection with a note on the fly stating it was tied by C. Jim Pray (1885 – 1952) of Eureka, CA in 1947.

Deschutes Demon TBT

Deschutes Demon TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Deschutes Demon TBT. The Deschutes Demon was created by Don McClain of Don’s Tackle in Portland, OR in the 1960s. It’s one of the flies listed in John Shewey’s book Classic Steelhead Flies (2015) where he mentions Don’s wife Lola who developed another popular steelhead fly, the…

Max Canyon Steelhead Fly

Max Canyon Steelhead Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Max Canyon steelhead fly. Fall is in the air and I’ve heard a few fly fishers have been talking about steelhead fishing. I thought this was a perfect time to bring back a few steelhead flies for TBT!

Back to Steelhead Flies

Back to Steelhead Flies

My fly tying has found me back to steelhead flies. I finished a steelhead fly order last week for 40 flies. I thought I’d share them with you. This project was a little change of pace from the many trout flies I’ve been tying. I’m trying to finish some customer orders between all my fishing…