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Crystal Meth – Kevin McKay

The crystal Meth is a variation of the sucker spawn, a popular steelhead and salmon fly in the Great Lakes area spring and fall. The sucker spawn is tied with glo-bug yarn while the Crystal Meth uses diamond braid or a similar mylar weave. I have an objection to the way most of these are tied, with all the material stacked on top of the hook shank, in a straight line. I prefer to lay each bend to an alternating side so that the finished fly has more of a cluster look to it.

Kevin adds another variation I might need to explore this fall by using 2 strands of different colored braid. The results of using 2 stands is a cluster like fly (sac of roe) that should do well amid the barrage of egg sacs being floated through the deeper pools. 🙂 You might even get a surprise brown to hit that.



Steelhead Hammer – Darren MacEachern


The Steelhead Hammer has had notable success targeting steelhead in British Columbia, as well as the Great Lakes tributaries. It is an effective pattern that can easily be changed with the season by varying the colour choices. Purple and blue seem to be better colours for winter use while pinks and reds tend to dominate in the spring and summer. Many Steelheaders have come to know the Hammer as their Go-To fly, and always keep extras in their box in a range of colours. The versatility of this fly has also allowed it to be an excellent choice for salmon and trout species. On a recent trip to Alberta, even a willing Arctic Grayling was found. I keep a selection of Hammers in my fly box, and you should consider it as well.

Purple 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

Steelhead Hammer Completed
Steelhead Hammer Completed

Steelhead Hammer - Materials
Steelhead Hammer - Materials

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Caballero Egg

It’s been a while since we served up some breakfast, so enjoy the eggs. Bacon will be coming soon enough. Another nice simple egg pattern (are there any complex egg patterns?) for hitting winter steelhead runs in the great lakes and the west coast. Execution is a little sloppy on this one, but you get the idea. Rather than trim off the egg veil, I would find a nicely tapered piece or pull it off. The little chartreuse butt is a nice touch.

I wasn’t going to mention it, but the name of the fly only reminds me of my misspent youth, roaming the city streets with a band of skaters, ripping and shredding it up.

Steve Caballero 1980