Category Archives: Articulated Flies

Emerald Shanker by Kevin Hospodar

Kevin’s Emerald Shanker is a perfect little fly to swing through a pool of great lakes steelhead. The black and chartreuse color combination is a personal favorite for fishing tributaries of Lake Ontario. It’s a simple pattern and easy to modify to suit your needs.

Kevin ties this pattern in a few different variations including versions with weighted barbell eyes and an added grizzly hackle in the wing. I can’t wait to swing this one.

Emerald Shanker fly pattern recipe

Shank: 25mm Waddington shank w/ 20lb wire
Thread: 6/0 black
Leash: Firewire
Hook: Partridge z4 Intruder Hook #4
Body: Gold braid (Krenik)
Wing: Chartreuse and black fox
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black


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Suskwa Poacher tied by Darren MacEachern

The Suskwa Poacher is tied on an articulated shank aka stinger hook or intruder hook. You can find the tutorial for tying the shank at and it can be used to tie this fly and many others.

The Suskwa Poacher is a popular and proven Egg Sucking Leech pattern. This dark colored articulated fly is a killer choice for winter steelhead runs and for colored water in warmer seasons. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the spawning steelhead attach leeches on sight because they see them as predators of their vulnerable eggs. The leeches are hit aggressively, bitten, spit out and left for dead.

The fly can be fished on the swing or dead drifted along the bottom. Be sure to use a string wire for the leash and be sure to fold back the tag ends and you’ll have a nice sturdy fly.

Suskwa Poacher fly pattern recipe

Shank: 40mm shank w/ 20lb wire
Thread: 6/0 Fl. pink
Eye: 4mm Brass barbell
Butt: Med. pink chenille
Rear collar: Black marabou
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Body: Flat braid silver
Shoulder: Med. pink chenille
Front collar: Black marabou
Flash: June Bug Flashabou
Hackle: Silver Dr. Blue Schlappen
Head: Med. pink chenille


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Purple Prospector tied by Matt Powell

The Purple Prospector is a simple fly that Matt ties for the summer steelhead run on the west coast. This attractor steelhead pattern is weighted with a tungsten bead, and will not need much help to get down deep into the strike zone once it’s been saturated. The classic steelhead and salmon combination of pink and purple are a proven color mix for steelhead angler. The fly as tied by Matt is fairly heavily dubbed, and is sure to get bushy once it’s met a few steelhead teeth. It might be a good idea to give it a head start with a light brushing before it hits the water. It is a simple pattern that I will adapt slightly for a shot at some pike.

Purple Prospector fly pattern recipe

Shank: OPST 32mm steelhead shank
Bead: Black tungsten (7/32)
Thread: 140 denier (6/0) Black thread
Trailer wire: Senyo’s Intruder Wire purple
Hook: Gamakatsu Octopus or equivalent #2/4
Body: Ice Dubbing purple
Wing: Rabbit zonker purple
Collar: Cherise saddle hackle (strung) then Senyo’s Fusion dubbing midnight


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