The name ain’t fancy, but don’t overlook this fly when tying or fishing for steelhead. This is actually a knock-off from a steelhead fly that was/is called the Sally Fly. Wayne Doughton, of Doughton hardware in Salem Oregon, developed this fly and named it after his wife, Sally, in the 1960s. I fished the original pattern tied on Eagle Claw 1197-B size 8 hooks. The original used white poly yarn for a tail and a puff of Paulason’s Fluorescent Flame Yarn.
This Hidden Bead Steelhead Jig fly can be fished on the swing, dredged along the bottom, or suspended under a strike indicator. The fly is a steelhead catching’ dream, and that is the truth, so go have some fun with it.
Hidden Bead Steelhead Jig
Hook: Gamakatsu 90 degree Jig #1-2
Bead: 7/32 Plummeting Tungsten Fl. Orange
Thread: Lagartun 150 White
Tail: Eumer Arctic Fox White + Krystal Flash Fl. Fuscia+ Holo Flashabou Pink
Body: Lagartun Mini Flat Braid
Thorax: Fl. Shell Pink Chenille
Head: Ultra Chenille Standard Fl. Pink
Veil: Hareline Egg Yarn