The Salmon River Flea a.k.a. the Steelhead Flea is a really simple but effective pattern for fishing the large salmonids that occupy the 13 miles of New York’s Salmon River. The pattern calls for Poly Yarn, but I will often substitute it for Ep Fiber or Congo Hair.
The fly is one you can pull out when nothing else seems to be getting a look. It’ll save you from a skunk day. The fly is good for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown trout and both strains of the steelhead (Washington and the Skamania) that call the river home for a while.
You can tie the fly in a variety of egg-themed colors, but don’t forget to add some blue and black variations into the mix. Hot pink, red, orange and paler offerings all work well, but the Salmon River seems to like the blue colored flies, and I often get requests from clients to tie standards in blue. If you are into the simple flies, also look up the Frammus fly for your next trip out to the Great Lakes tribs.
Salmon River Flea fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S82-3906B #8-12
Thread: Fl. fire orange (140d)
Tail / Wing: White Poly yarn
Body: Medium chenille
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Web: Piscator Flies
This is a killer looking intruder style fly done up in showgirl pink and purple colors. Swap out the colors to suit your needs, but I love the showgirl colors for the winter runs. The ostrich herl dubbing loop is a nice touch and should swim quite well in the current.
What’s orange and yellow and lays in the grass?…A Wounded Cheesie. Odd names for streamers, but fitting none the less. Alex at The Day Tripper has captured some video of the Butt Monkey, a pattern originated by Kelly Galloup, and put it up on Youtube for all to see. The Green Butt Monkey, Yellow Butt Monkey and the Wounded Cheesie are all variations of this killer steelhead and Brown Trout fly. By far, the most unique name for a streamer has to be the Wounded Cheesie. If you run into fish with orange lips and fins, tie one on.
The utube video is removed and you can now view the video at Angler’s Net http://www.theanglersnet.com/Fly-Tying-Videos/play_video.asp?section=6&VID=142
I also have a link here from the Buckeye Fly Fishers, and step by step tutorial of the Butt Monkey.
Hook: TMC 300 or TMC 5236 in sizes 2 or 4
Tail: Yellow marabou plus six strands of gold Flashabou (Krystal Flash)
Body: Gold sparkle chenille
Rib: Medium copper wire
Wing: Rust rabbit strip (olive rabbit strip)
Throat: Red wool (red marabou)
Collar: Pheasant rump
Head: Spun and clipped ram’s wool (tan) (olive)