The Purple Storm
Here is another steelhead fly (like the Orange Crush) that utilizes Edge Brite for part of the body. Edge Brite is a vinyl like material available in some hot colors that make very appealing hot spots on flies. Lazer Wrap is another similar material. You cut it into strips – the width depending on the size of the fly you are tying – and wrap it in overlapping turns over a base of flat silver tinsel.
It is important to wrap in overlapping turns so that the edge of the material, which is even brighter than the rest of the material, creates a nice “hot” rib while creating a bit of texture on the body. By wrapping over a base of tinsel, the color of the material really glows. Try wrapping the Edge Brite over a thread underbody and you will immediately notice the difference!
Hook: Daiichi 2051 (Alec Jackson Spey hook), # 1.5 – 5
Tail: Black squirrel tail
Underbody: Flat silver tinsel
Rear Body: Strip of hot pink Edge Brite wrapped over the tinsel in overlapping turns
Front Body: Purple seal fur or substitute
Wing: 3 layers – purple squirrel tail, pink squirrel tail, purple squirrel tail
Hackle Collar: Black schlappen
Note: For the orange version of the Purple storm, substitute orange Edge Brite on the body and orange squirrel tail in the wing.
Use sparse bunches of squirrel tail when tying in the wing. Squirrel tail hair is hard and slick, difficult to secure if you use too much at once. I will usually wrap the black hackle collar on this fly between the pink or orange hair and the final bunch of black squirrel. So the tying progression is black hair, “colored” hair, collar hackle, then black hair to complete.