A little story about steelhead fly patterns. When I first began trying to unravel the mystery of steelhead fly fishing - before the internet, and the only books on the subject were already out of date, and hardly anyone in a fly shop knew didly about steelhead fly fishing - I picked up a few steelhead flies from my local shop. Then I tried tying some flies myself. Not just any flies. I figured the ones I tied had better be "EXACT" replicas of the ones I bought, or otherwise steelhead might reject them as not being "proper" or "real" steelhead flies. Fast forward a couple seasons, and I understood that steelhead will readily hit a hook with a small piece of red, orange, or any other color yarn tied to it. So I tied flies with whatever materials I wanted, in whatever colors I wanted, etc. They all work. Steelhead aren't very sophisticated. Day in and day out, fly pattern is the least of your worries. If anything matters, size will matter long before pattern does. Occasionally bright patterns are not the answer. Flies with action sometimes appear to produce better than flies without it, and then again they don't. Anytime you find yourself hung up about your steelhead fly pattern, just know that you're not focusing your energy on solving the problem of finding a steelhead and inducing a strike. Refocus. Sincerely, Salmo g.