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.
By now, you have a good idea how to tie this up. Just check back in the archives for several great examples. this is just pure flash, and fly sexy. This gives you an idea just how important it is to build the foundation of the fly so that the materials do not collapse once they hit water. Nice touch with the big jungle cock nails on the back section, they make a nice rudder.
Here is a sweet variation of Ward’s Intruder. I’ve been tying up a number of Intruders myself, but sans Rhea and Fox. The rhea is a nice addition to the fly and really adds to the appeal. I haven’t bee tying mine with fox, but rather polar bear. I’m going to check out the fox cause it looks rad. I found this pattern on Brian Niska’s blog, check it out here – http://whistlerflyfishing.blogspot.com/2009/01/pink-intruder-tube-fly.html.
Tube: HMH 1.5″ aluminum
Hook: Partridge Nordic single size #4
Tail: shrimp pink arctic fox
Body: pearl Lagurtons flat braid
Hackle: hot pink rhea wrapped over spun white polar bear
Collar: shrimp pink saddle hackle wrapped with hot pink schlappen
Wing: white ostrich herl with an underwing of pearl flashabou
Head: finish off with a nice set of machined eyes of your preference