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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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Redemption Micro Intruder by Jay Nicholas

This micro intruder pattern is tied up by the Caddis Angling Fly Shop’s Jay Nicholas. Jay goes into a little bit about the differences between intruders and micro intruders and how the intruder genre has evolved over the last decade or so. Jay ties on a slick looking Regal Revolution Fly Tying Vise for this video. I picked one up for myself a couple weeks back and have been loving it as a second vise. You can change up the colors on the fly to target other species, but the pink and blue make it a good steelhead fly for both winter and summer.

Redemption Micro Intruder Tube Fly Pattern Recipe

Tube: Plastic tube
Thread: 6/0 Black
Butt: Spun pink Senyo Fusion Dubbing
Collar: Pink hackle or schlappen
Body: Lagartun Flat braid
Shoulder: Spun blue Senyo Fusion Dubbing
Collar: Softhackle light blue then spey marabou
Flash: Flashabou tied each side
Legs: Black Ostrich herl
Front Collar: Black schlappen
Head: Sonic cone

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