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. The Optic series of flies were some of the popular steelhead flies he tied….

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…

Spade Fly

Spade Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Spade fly. During the late 1960’s, Bob Arnold of Seattle, WA developed the Spade fly. It was designed for low water steelhead fishing with the buoyant materials used to tie the fly. The fly incorporates peacock in the body for attraction and a soft hackle for movement.

Benn’s Coachman

Benn’s Coachman

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Benn’s Coachman, a fly developed by John Benn (1838 – 1907) in the 1890s. Since I’ve been working with red and white married wings for the Green Butt Skunk Spey, I decided to use a fly from John Shewey’s book Classic Steelhead Flies. Benn’s Coachman seemed appropriate.