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Old 10-23-2006, 10:25 AM
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Atlantic Salmon Fly of the week Claret Killer

This fly is unique in that Claret is not a common color for salmon flies. Bill Baker of Biscay Bay, Newfoundland invented it for fishing the rivers of the Avalon Peninsula in NF. It became very popular after being just a local rumor for a long time.


Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Oval silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Claret wool or seals fur.
Wing: Gray squirrel tail.
Collar: Black hackle.
Head: Black
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Old 10-24-2006, 12:40 AM
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Geez, Charlie,

You keep coming up with these really fetching steelhead patterns and persist in labling them as Salmon bugs.

Got to try this one for sure!

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Old 10-24-2006, 03:12 PM
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Hey Eric,

I think Im going to start using my Atlantic salmon flies for Steelhead and my Steelhead flies for Atlantic salmon. I just need to kill a few more brain cells and I wont know the difference between the two anyway.

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Charlie,

You are finding what many of us here on the left coast have found, steelhead and atlantic salmon often like the same flies. This one looks yummy, altough I will probably tie it with teal or pintal wing simply because I like the way featherwings move in the water.

And just like for atlantic salmon, there are very few claret steelhead flies.
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Flytyer:

Really interesting comment about feather wings. A few years ago, many AS anglers switched to hair wing versions of their favorite flies as they felt the hair-wings were more effective than the traditional built or strip wings.

One thought along this line was that the more a feather-wing fly was used, the more effective it became, owing to the separation of the feather barbules. I think there was some sort of adage about only giving away new flies, as the used ones were the fish catchers.

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Claret Flies:

Centuries ago, or so it seems, there was this big deal secret fly used on Deschutes steelhead by Don and Lola McLain and a few of their buddies. Supposed to be devastatingly effective.

Eventually the pattern was described in _Salmon Trout Steelheader_. I cannot find the issue (buried in the Oregon City land fill, most likely), but, if I recall, it was tied on No. 6 - No. 2 TULE hooks, had a silver-ribbed claret floss body, a smokey gray polar bear hair wing, and jungle cock shoulders. Don't recall the hackle color or whether the thing had a tail or a tag. Maybe someone else remembers this concoction.

I tied up a few of them way back when, and remember liking very much the way they looked in the water, although they didn't seem any more effective than the usual assortment of Max Canyons and Green Butt Skunks.

Another big-deal secret fly, used with consistent results by a certain magazine publisher, turned out to be a hair-winged Blue Charm. If it works for AS, it works for steelhead, I guess.

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