This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Del Cooper.
I’ve been reading John Shewey’s Classic Steelhead Flies and decided to look in my Steelhead fly box to see if I had a few of the flies. Low and behold, I found a couple Del Coopers. I must have tied this several years ago.
Shewey attributes the fly development to Mike Kennedy, a well known steelhead fly fisherman who cast flies to steelhead in Oregon and Washington. The fly was named for Del Cooper, a Portland angler and fly tyer. It was a popular fly for the North Santiam river in Oregon in the late 1980’s.
Yes, it may be a little early to take the fly out and fish for steelhead, but it won’t be long.
Do you have any Del Cooper’s in your steelhead fly box?