The Twelve Minute Intruder – Winter Steelhead Tube Fly

Here is my blue/black 12 Minute Intruder.

Here is my blue/black 12 Minute Intruder.

This is going to be a quick post for a relatively quick winter steelhead tube Intruder. I tie this fly in about 12 minutes and it catches steelhead.

Tube: 40/40 ProSportfisher tube
butt: Chartreuse Ice dub
Rear Post: Kingfisher Blue Schlappen tied in by tip
Body: Fl Blue Lagartun Carded Flat Braid
Shoulder Post Prop: Prosportfisher Marble Fox Blue
Motion: Black Ostrich tied in all around
Flash: Lateral Scale (two strands each side)
Wing: Blue Dyed Grizzly Saddle
Collar hackle: Black Schlappen
Dumbell Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Dumbell Eyes

This is a very effective steelhead tube fly that may be tied basically as shown with the option of making it more or less fancy and in different color phases. This is a blue/black color but I have fished this fly with success in Red/black and a pink hue also.

Ice Dub in waxed loop.

Ice Dub in waxed loop.

Ice Dub at Butt station.

Ice Dub at Butt station of my 40-40 tube. I have cut the hook guide short for this fly.

KIngfisher Blue Schlappen.

KIngfisher Blue Schlappen.

Butt Station is now compete.

Butt Station is now compete.

Lagartun Carded Flat Braid.

Lagartun Carded Flat Braid.

Pro Sportfisher Marble Fox.

Pro Sportfisher Marble Fox.

This is a pinch of Fox fur with guard hairs. I have cut it to be about its full length and extend to the butt station of the fly.

This is a pinch of Fox fur with guard hairs. I have cut it to be about its full length and extend to the butt station of the fly.

I have placed the fox into the waxed dubbing loop and spread it out before spinning it.

I have placed the fox into the waxed dubbing loop and spread it out before spinning it.

I have spun the fox tail fur and it is ready to fold.

I have spun the fox tail fur and it is ready to fold.

I am folding the spun loop by creasing it back and continually stroking it while wrapping it around the tube.

I am folding the spun loop by creasing it back and continually stroking it while wrapping it around the tube.

I have wound the folded fur around the tube like a hackle and this will prop the ostrich on the shoulder station.

I have wound the folded fur around the tube like a hackle and this will prop the ostrich on the shoulder station.

I have tied in black ostrich fibers all around the shoulder station. I could have spun the ostrich in a loop but decided simply to apply it in dispersed clumps around the tube.

I have tied in black ostrich fibers all around the shoulder station. I could have spun the ostrich in a loop but decided simply to apply it in dispersed clumps around the tube.

I have trimmed the ostrich butts from the tube.

I have trimmed the ostrich butts from the tube.

Time for the Lateral Scale.

Time for the Lateral Scale.

Two strands of Flash on each side of the fly.

Two strands of Flash on each side of the fly.

I am selecting two Grizzly saddle hackles for the fly.

I am selecting two Grizzly saddle hackles for the fly.

Grizzly hackles applied to fly.

Grizzly hackles applied to fly. Frankly, these are a little longer than I would prefer in hindsight.

Schlappen to finish off the collar of the fly.

Schlappen to finish off the collar of the fly.

Dumbell eyes will cause the fly to swim true.

Dumbell eyes will cause the fly to swim true. I will next trim the tube and melt the end.

Front view of the 12 minute Intruder.

Front view of the 12 minute Intruder.

Rear view of 12 minute Intruder.

Rear view of 12 minute Intruder.

I hope you find this a little useful as you approach your fly bench in the next few weeks.

Jay Nicholas – December 2016

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