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: Steelhead Fly of the week – Rose Petal

11-29-2006, 02:50 PM
Steve Gobin of Marysville, Washington, invented this unique spey style fly. Gobin, a member of the Tulalip Tribe and one of Washington’s best-known fly tiers, recently gave up fly tying to make bamboo fly rods.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel & pink floss ribbed with fine silver tinsel.
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippet dyed claret.
Rib: Flat silver tinsel.
Body: Claret seal dubbing or substitute.
Body Hackle: Spey type hackle dyed claret.
Wing: White polar bear hair.
Collar: Guinea hen.
Head: Claret.

11-29-2006, 04:33 PM

It is nice seeing some of Steve's flies on the site. Too bad he no longer ties since he tied and composed such beautiful flies.

He also tied this fly with white goose slips tented in a manner between that of a spey fly and a dee fly.

11-30-2006, 06:02 AM
Beautiful dressing, Charlie!

On an aside; Isn't that a Claret fly - you know, with Claret not being an especially popular or successful Steelhead color in the PNW?



12-06-2006, 10:42 AM

Any reason why Steve is not tying? His style was very inspiring.


12-06-2006, 11:55 PM

Steve told me 5 years ago that he had stopped tying because of several things. He wanted to spend time with his grandchildren and many times he and his wife Karen babysat grandkids, which cut down on the time he had available. He had been promoted by the Tulalip Tribe (of which he is a member) to director of health care and most human service programs for the tribe, which demanded more than 40 hours/week from him. And he had gotten tired of all the fishing clubs that wanted him to tie and donate flies for their banquets from all parts of the country.

Additionally, he had begun building bamboo trout rods a few years before that and he was spending most of his free time with building bamboo rods because it is much easier to stop work on a bamboo strip or partially completed bamboo blank or rod and go back to it later (even days later) than it is to leave a partially completed fly in the vise. This is because a rod's strip or planing form (or blank isn't going anywhere or loosening as it sits; but a partially finished fly is not all that secure when sitting in the vise with nothing more than the bobbin's weight holding the thread tight and thus the fly together.

In fact, Steve doesn't fish for steelhead these days either and has only fished for trout a handfull of times a year with his bamboo rods these last few years.

I agree, his decision to stop tying is a great loss since he tied a very, very nice fly.

12-07-2006, 02:46 PM
Thanks Russ,

After seeing what comes out of his vise, I'd love to see what comes out of his planing form.


12-20-2006, 06:31 AM
Charlie - another great fly. Between you and flytyer I'll bet there is not much you guys don't know about steelhead flies.