Redwing Blackbird Steelhead Fly

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by Dave McNeese, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. Dave McNeese One of the OLD guys

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    Blackbird is a "subspecies" of the Redwing fly pattern series. The body feathers fluff up in the water and "breathe" in the current as if alive, even more than marabou.
    This pattern works well when you can see the fish or have a known lie, and can pass the fly to their outside, 2 to 4 feet from the steelhead. Make the fish move for the fly.
    This is a must have in my box.
    This is not in any books that have included my patterns that I'm aware of.

    Hook size- 6-10 double
    tag is fine oval silver tinsel
    tail- GP crest
    body- rear half is florescent orange floss ribbed with fine oval silver tinsel
    front half is 6-8 reddish orange hen neck hackles tied around the hook,
    usually 2 at a time, followed by 8 or 10 black hen neck hackles
    wing- GP tippet extending to butt followed by 6 topppings, JC for cheeks
  2. Matt Burke Active Member

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    I really like the shape of this and the Red Wing Winter Steelhead Fly . Thanks Dave.
  3. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Beautiful, Thanks Dave

  4. TomB Active Member

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    ....a beautiful pattern, thanks for sharing it.
  5. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    Thanks so much Dave, truly a unique participant.