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….
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Silvius Gold Comet. This is a fly a friend of mine had in his collection. His notes state it was tied by Lloyd Silvius of Eureka, CA in 1970.
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…
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is McNeese’s Golden Heron. This Golden Heron spey fly was tied by Dave McNeese, an icon in the steelhead fly tying world. It was part of a fly collection from my friend Jim Fisher.
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!
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…
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Alec Jackson Spade – Purple. I posted two other TBT flies tied by Alec Jackson in recent posts – the Spade and Fancy Spade – Red. This Spade fly appears to be one of his variants in which he used all purple materials.
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Alec Jackson Fancy Spade – Red. I posted another TBT fly recently that Alec Jackson had tied, called the Spade. After a little more research, I believe it is a Fancy Spade tied with natural peacock and black ostrich. This fly appears to use dyed ostrich for…
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.
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.