Here is a fly I have used with some great results in the Great Lakes tribs. It’s relatively simple, but I should mention that it does deviate from the original Orvis pattern. Lets just say I’m not about to start braiding a fly I’m likely to lose in under 10 minutes. I’ve been known to hook up with plenty of tree fish.
That being said, I liked the look of the pattern and decided to make a few of my own mods to it. I changed the woven body to a straight black floss body and added a holographic rib. I also took out the shell back off the head. Basically it is now an egg pattern, and I tie it in 7 different colors. Blue, Orange, Red, Chartreuse, Hot Pink, Purple and a Glow Pink.
I did up a up a step by step tutorial on
Flyangler.ca a while back if you are interested in tying up a few. It’s more or less my go-to egg pattern for the winter Steelhead. Here is the recipe.
Steelhead Hammer Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49S or other Scud Hook
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Purple Schlappen
Ribbing: Silver Holographic Mylar Tinsel 1/64
Body: Black Super-Stretch Floss
Thorax: Purple Crystal Chenille
Head: Fire Orange Thread
**UPDATE** – the step by step has been moved to the Daily Fly Tyer