This is a Dee style fly designed for steelhead fishing and is a dressing re-visited from years past. I’ve tweaked the recipe slightly, but the general color, components, and design remain the same.
I used to tie this with marabou hackle, but found that it was a little heavy for my liking. It would sometimes mat and ruin the look of the fly when swimming through the water. I used to set the wings higher, but I have since gone to a lower-set and sleeker design for many of my steelhead flies. Here’s the recipe for this version:
Hook: TMC 202SP, #1/0
Tag: Silver oval tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant crest veiled with a few fibers of white guinea dyed light blue
Butt: Black ostrich herl
Rib: Gold oval tinsel
Rear 1/3 Body: Flat silver tinsel
Front Body: Blend of purple and claret fur (seal, angora, etc)
Hackle: Purple schlappen – stripped on one side – wound from the fur.
Throat: White guinea dyed light blue and a blue-phase peacock feather
Wings: Strips of Amherst pheasant
Cheeks: Jungle cock, drooping (optional)
Here is another recent fly, sans jungle cock, tied on one of the beautiful new Dave McNeese Blue Heron Spey hooks (2.25″):
Here is one of the original Stormy Morns: