In prepping for an upcoming steelhead trip, I was provided a list of recommended flies from our guide Vail Borne of RiverBorneOutfitters.com. There were many familiar patterns on the list but there was one that I had never heard of and it looked like the perfect fly for Deschutes River Steelhead.
As I researched I learned it uses a material called “Pink Edge Bright”. It turns out this material is no longer available, at least in Pink which appears to be the magic color for this pattern. So, I decided to try out some different ideas to replicate that hot pink butt on the fly. I believe I have arrived at an acceptable substitute, it will be a few more weeks before I have a chance to prove my theory. Let me know what you think.
Fly du Jour
Hook: Steelhead Up Eye
Thread: Red Uni 8/0
Tag: Uni HOLO Silver
Butt: Pink Floss Under Clear Cure Goo Fleck
Body: Ice Dub, Purple
Rib: Flat Silver Myla or Silver HOLO by UTC
Hackle: Purple Saddle
Wing: Selected Hair Wing, Calf Body
Under Wing: Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash, Cerise KF02
Head: Red under Cleare Cure Goo Hydro