I’ve just started to see the first signs of the fall run of steelhead and salmon climbing into the GL tribs the past week or so and with some rains in the forecast, we could start to see the migration start right away. I’ve featured on of Dustin’s flies on here before, and I enjoy his take on the usual. This intruder has a bugger style tail added and has a nice wispy profile in the water. This one is tied on a long shank streamer hook, but really, you’ll want to find a shank or a tube for this. Myt only beef with the pattern would be to pack the materials into the dubbing ball a little tighter to get more volume, but I really liked how it looked in the water.
I’ll be honest, I really don’t like tying muddlers, but I love to fish them. That being said, I wouldn’t call this a muddler pattern, but rather a sculpin. I give props to Dustin here for this pattern, it’s a definite fish hunter fly. This pattern looks like an awesome fly for targeting the fall browns of the GL tribs, and even some giant voracious Blackwater strain rainbows. I love the fly, but not the name here. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more of Dustin’s patterns.
Muddler minnows are great patterns to add to your steelheading fly box. They work great as a lead fly in a tandem fly rig. This pattern is a little more snag resistant due to the fact that the hook is inverted. This is extremely important because steelhead are almost always going to be hugging the bottom where all the snags are. Sculpin are a common prey item in most rivers as well as some lakes, so don’t be afraid to try this pattern when targeting other fish.