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Old 10-27-2006, 02:43 PM
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Steelhead Fly of the week – Purple Peril

Many people credit the McLeod’s, father Ken and son George, with introducing the color purple to steelhead fisherman. And this is the fly that they did it with. Now it is one of the dominant colors in the sport. The fly was made from some purple materials they received in error (they had ordered claret) from Herter’s. The fly is still used today in various forms from the rivers of the west and the great lakes.


Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tail: Purple hackle fibers.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Purple chenille.
Hackle: Purple hen hackle.
Wing: Brown bucktail.
Head: Red.
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