This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is another steelhead fly pattern – the Freight Train.

Freight Train |

This fly was the creation of Randall Kaufmann. The Freight Train was developed along the Deschutes River where the railroad track follows the river for many miles. Other steelhead fly patterns were developed with the railroad theme…Coal Car, Signal Light, and Flat Car. You get the picture.

I’ve read where more steelhead are entering the Deschutes now since the water has cooled. Perhaps I better go swing a Freight Train in the near future!

For more information about some of these classic steelhead flies, check out John Shewey’s book Classic Steelhead Flies.

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