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AJ Morris

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My (shameless) rip-off of the Steelhead Pat, but dressed up in colors for the Clearwater. Awesome pattern for really soft water and slow swings...

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Very nice! Elegant swinger there.

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That's a very nice looking fly! I bet lots of motion even in the slowest currents...
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It does move reasonably well. Even in slightly faster water, the double-stacked hackle & thorax allow it to breathe well. The trick I find, is not over-dressing 'em. If I'm honest, this one is probably slightly over-dressed.

It's been my experience that in the really soft water, more subtle patterns with reduced silhouettes tend to be more effective than the "in-your-face" stuff that's been popularized lately. Not that the big, flashy flies don't work under the right conditions, but it's always worth pointing out that these are still summer-run fish, and by mid winter, they have gotten pretty trout-like in their habits...

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I like to fish Scandi tubes because of the same reason....lots of movement! I should post some on this forum...

I really like your fly - nice work and good colour choices for steelhead. Im sure it will find a player 😉
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Thanks! That fly has produced pretty well for me this season.

I for one would love to see some of your work.

For several seasons I've been drawing on the "scandi" school of fly tying for my larger, fast-water patterns. You get that nice sparse profile, but as you say, lots of wiggle too. Works well even on traditional irons.

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Love this pattern. Great work AJ!
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Had a request for a materials list, so here goes.

Thread: Uni 6/0 in rusty brown.

Tail: purple dyed guinea fibers.

Rear 2/3 body: black sparkle yarn ribbed with Lagartun medium oval tinsel.

Front 1/3 body: Make a small ball of black STS Trilobal dubbing. Place 2 turns of purple dyed guinea ahead of it. Add a second, slightly larger dubbing ball ahead of the first hackle. Add two or  three turns of guinea ahead of that, and finish.

It's important to strip one side of the hackle before winding to keep things sparse.

I like to comb the fly with a toothbrush or piece of velcro to ensure the hackle fibers are well separated, and get a nice "streaming" effect from the dubbing.

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