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: Steelhead Fly of the week Mahoney

12-15-2006, 09:54 AM
This is a newer fly invented by Dec Hogan, a firefighter from Salt Lake City, Utah. Dec was a guide in Washington State for 15 years and still teaches and writes about steelhead fishing. He has recently released a great book called "A Passion for Steelhead". The fly is named for his friend Jerry Mahoney and is used as a winter and spring fly.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Rib: Flat pearl myler and oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 1/3: red floss; front 2/3: hot red seal dubbing.
Body hackle: Black schlappen, one side stripped.
Throat: Hot red schlappen and red guinea.
Wing: Four hot red hackle tips.
Head: Red.

12-20-2006, 06:23 AM
Charlie - this is a very nicely tied fly. I am wondering however how well the the fancy ones like this catch fish.

12-20-2006, 10:51 PM

Beautiful rendition of Dec's fly. Also, it nice to see Dec get some recognition for his wonderful and well-composed ties. He is a very good fly tyer, not just an excellent former guide and caster.


Dec used to lived right here in the Skagit Valley of Washington and he was a fly fishing steelhead guide on the many of the waters in western Washtington, as well as Oregon's Deshutes and Grande Rhonde along with guiding summers in Alaska. Dec not only "created" this fly, he and his clients fished it on #3, #1.5, and even #3/0 Alec Jackson Spey Hooks during winter/spring for winter steelhead and yes, it is a rather effective fly, especially in clear water.