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: Steelhead Fly of the week Stillaguamish Sunrise

03-30-2007, 02:17 PM
This fly is a variation on the Skykomish Sunrise and was tailored to fish the Stillaguamish River in Washington. It has since been used with success on other steelhead rivers across the continent. It is often tied with fluorescent colors for use in high water.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tail: Red and yellow hackle fibers.
Rib: Flat silver tinsel.
Body: Yellow chenille.
Hackle: Soft orange hackle.
Wing: White Hair w/red crystal flash on top.
Head: Black (

03-30-2007, 05:15 PM

This is one of the old Stilly flies, although the original didn't use red Krystal Flash, developed for summer fishing back when yellow was an often used color in the early season on the Stilly. It was also tied on a heavy wire, down eye hook much like the Eagle Claw 1197, which was the hook style of choice back in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and early 60's and the wing was tied much longer then as well.

It is now very unusual to see yellow flies being used on the Stilly.

I'm not certain (because I didn't bother to look it up), but I think Al Knudsen was the originator of this fly. At any rate, there were quite a few flies developed for the Stilly summer fishing, and many of them have become steelhead standards.