I started tying the Northshore Stonefly Nymph for a client but have been fishing this simplified stonefly nymph pattern designed for trout and steelhead. I tie the fly on a 3xl curved hook like the Mustad C53s, Tiemco 200R or the Partridge K12ST. You could also bens a 4 or 5xl streamer hook if you are in a bind. I use a custom blend of dubbing this fly that is similar to Hareline’s Senyo’s Laser Dub. The process to make your own dubbing is pretty straightforward so if you want to try it out yourself, you can check out the process here. I tie this in black, brown (this version in the video), olive, and golden.
The Green Butt Skunk is one of the most popular west Coast steelhead flies around and many different versions exist. The fly is a form of the Skunk and is credited to the late Dan Callaghan. Dan passed away in 2006, but his friends Steve Bukieda and Joel La Follette got together and came up with a wonderful idea to honor Dan’s memory and his love of the North Umpqua River. The project collected Green Butt Skunks from 100 tyers and the collection was put together into a giant frame with Dans original Green Butt Skunk as a centerpiece. The framed collection also features GBS’s tied in many different styles from full dressed Atlantic Salmon versions to a humpy themed dry fly version. Link below. 101 Green Butt Skunks
Green Butt Skunk fly pattern recipe
Hook: Superfly Heavy Wire Salmon / Steelhead #2
Thread: Black 6/0
Tag: Silver mylar tinsel
Tail: Red schlappen
Butt: Chartreuse Senyo’s Laser Dub
Rib: Silver embossed tinsel
Body: Black Senyo’s Laser Dub
Wing: White Arctic Fox
Flash: UV pearl Ice Dubbing
Hackle: Natural black schlappen
Head: Black thread
Kevin’s Emerald Shanker is a perfect little fly to swing through a pool of great lakes steelhead. The black and chartreuse color combination is a personal favorite for fishing tributaries of Lake Ontario. It’s a simple pattern and easy to modify to suit your needs.
Kevin ties this pattern in a few different variations including versions with weighted barbell eyes and an added grizzly hackle in the wing. I can’t wait to swing this one.
Emerald Shanker fly pattern recipe
Shank: 25mm Waddington shank w/ 20lb wire
Thread: 6/0 black
Hook: Partridge z4 Intruder Hook #4
Body: Gold braid (Krenik)
Wing: Chartreuse and black fox
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Eye: Jungle cock nail