Back in the 80s, I tied some steelhead flies for friends. The flies were pretty simple compared to the standard flies they were in the habit of fishing. I called them Simply Purple and Simply Olive. They held them in the palm of a hand and said they would give them a try.
Well, the guys were soon back for more.
Twenty years later, I’ve shifted gears a little. Just a little. The steelhead flies I am tying now are structurally simpler but have a little extra zing to their aura. No tail. Usually a single body color. Just a hint of Mirage Flashabou for a wing. A traditional collar hackle. I do create custom colors by blending a wild mix of dubbing (supplied by Hareline Dubbin in Monroe, Oregon) to create extra sparkle in a color hue that you just can’t find on the shelf.
These flies catch summer steelhead. Know what? They catch winter steelhead too. I refer collectively to these flies as Jay’s Simplicity Series.
Expect to see some of these featured in subsequent posts.