This is a steelhead/sea-run cutthroat fly inspired by the pattern by Brett Jensen, newfound friend, who provided the recipe to Doug Brutaco of Aqua Flies. I borrowed from Brett’s Klamath Skater and his Obie Skater, both great flies on the Klamath and Rogue, to make this fly my own – figuratively speaking.
Chris likes the B10S hook better than my Daiichi 1530, but hey, I’ll stick with my standard for the time being. Feel the freedom to experiment and tie this fly on any hook you might choose for skating summer steelhead like the TMC 7999 or 7989.
I find this fly skates best on calm surfaces, not so well in the most turbulent waters -it is highly buggy and cutthroat in coastal rivers take the fly well too.
Simple Steelhead Skater
I hope you enjoy tying and fishing this fly, and any variations you may decided to impart on your own also.
Jay Nicholas; Summer 2016