11-01-2006, 03:54 PM
The Originator of this fly, Tim Coleman of Linwood, Washington, created it in 1986. This is actually one of a series of flies he came up with. I was unable to find any of the other patterns in the series that he came up with. It is supposed to be effective on summer fish that are holed up in the fall.
Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Oval gold tinsel.
Rib: Oval gold tinsel.
Body: Claret floss.
Wing: Red Squirrel tail.
Hackle: Woodduck flank under shorter claret guinea fowl.
I am MOVED... very nice and undoubtedly lives up to its name
11-01-2006, 08:49 PM
I wish I could tell you that I've at least met Tim Coleman; but alas, I cannot. I've only seen this fly once other than in a photo plate in a book, and that one was framed. I've not seen this fly in use on any of the "S" rivers or the Olympic Peninsula rivers; however, this doesn't mean it is not used by some folks. It simply means that those I know or have run into astream don't use it.
I suspect its lack of general use has to do with its claret coloration because claret is hardly ever used for PNW steelhead. I use claret when there is mud in the river and a few feet of visibility since it shows up nearly as well as black.
Perhaps some of our members use it, have used it, or know some folks who use it and they can provide some info on it. It sure is a pretty fly though.
11-03-2006, 03:45 PM
Very interesting about the color claret. It is a very productive color in the great lakes as is white witch also does not seem to be overly popular on the west coast.
"...claret is hardly ever used for PNW steelhead."
Beg to differ.
The 'Patricia' immediately comes to mind when referring to claret-colored steelhead flies - very effective, very popular, and very 'PNW'.
Claret (and combinations of Black and Claret) have been very effective colors for Steelheaders throughout British Columbia - for many years.
The claret and black RiverRat Squid is proving to be a very deady pattern for both Salmon and Steelhead on several Alaskan rivers as well...
Ward Cummings also designed a marvelous pattern in the 1930's that is still bringing PNW Steelhead to the net - the Cummings Special is also claret.
Yup, I definitely beg to differ.