The Red Wine Summer fly is just another variation of any standard skunk or hairwing steelhead pattern. Hairwings are simple flies that are both easy to tie and provide a good silhouette in the water. Another bonus is that the white wing makes this fly easy to follow from a high bank, allowing one to see if a steelhead follows the fly. I tied this particular fly for the Deschutes River but it has been a very effective fly for summer and fall steelhead pretty much everywhere I have fished. Last fall , this fly accounted for numerous steelhead on both the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
Pattern Recipe: Hook: TMC 7999 #4-8 Tag: Small flat gold tinsel Tail: Golden pheasant red breast feather Body: Claret seal or Angora Goat Rib: Small oval gold tinsel Collar: Purple saddle or schlappen Wing: Pearl krystal flash under polar bear or bucktail or kid goat Head: Red Danville 6/0 unwaxed
One of the key things to remember when tying this fly is to keep it thin and sparse. This allows the fly to have maximum movement and swim naturally. Give it a try and hopefully you too will find similar results...
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