Hot Crazy Legs Steelhead Nymph Fly Tying Video

Continuing our series of the dirty dozen winter steelhead flies, this nymph combines the general idea of somethign juicy and crunchy to eat, a fast sinking tungsten bead, some wiggle, and the pink/purple color combo that steelhead have always responded to. This fly is a 2012 update of a nymph that I fished for both winter and summer steelhead. Tie it with a black body too, and an orange thorax, and that makes a great alternate color combination.

Why steelhead eat nymphs is as complex a question/answer as the matter of why they eat any sort of fly. Sometimes, I sincerely believe, they think they are eating a bug; sometimes, not. Make up yer own mind on this issue, and mostly, have fun with it.

Jay Nicholas
January 2012

Frizzle Chenille Steelhead Nymph

Hot Tipped Steelhead Nymph

Hook: TMC 7999 #2-6
Bead: 3/16 Fl. Orange Plummeting Tungten
Thread: Lagartun 150 x-strong Red
Tail: Hot Tipped Crazy Legs Purple Pink
Rib: Silver Oval Tinsel
Body: Purple Uni-Yarn
Thorax: UV Pink Frizzle Chenille
Hackle/Legs: Same as Tail

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4 Responses to Hot Crazy Legs Steelhead Nymph Fly Tying Video

  1. David Swart A.K.A. K.I.S.S. FLIES says:

    @Jay you rock with some of the grazy flies you tye,but I think you’ve around the head cement fumes just a little long,keep up the good work,tight lines.

  2. Oregon Fly Fishing Blog says:

    Hummmmm. Nuthin’ like the smell of head cement in the morning……


  3. Chromer says:

    Has anybody actually hooked a steelhead with these crazy flies?

  4. James Millard says:

    I have hooked many steelies with these flies, and not just the recipes here either! I have put my own spin on several (switching up colors, etc….), so yea Chromer, I think they work:) Like I said, change up the colors, or sizes too (usually down a size has been effective for me). Getting excited to modify a few more for the 2013 winter Metalhead season!!
    Tight Lines,

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