The Salmon River Flea a.k.a. the Steelhead Flea is a really simple but effective pattern for fishing the large salmonids that occupy the 13 miles of New York’s Salmon River. The pattern calls for Poly Yarn, but I will often substitute it for Ep Fiber or Congo Hair.
The fly is one you can pull out when nothing else seems to be getting a look. It’ll save you from a skunk day. The fly is good for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown trout and both strains of the steelhead (Washington and the Skamania) that call the river home for a while.
You can tie the fly in a variety of egg-themed colors, but don’t forget to add some blue and black variations into the mix. Hot pink, red, orange and paler offerings all work well, but the Salmon River seems to like the blue colored flies, and I often get requests from clients to tie standards in blue. If you are into the simple flies, also look up the Frammus fly for your next trip out to the Great Lakes tribs.
Salmon River Flea fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S82-3906B #8-12
Thread: Fl. fire orange (140d)
Tail / Wing: White Poly yarn
Body: Medium chenille
The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a fly that can be tied either on a standard hook or on a leashed shank fly. In this case, the fly was tied with a clipped shank and a wire leash. The pattern is essentially an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a cool blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, I think it would also be a great fly to target pike, bass and tarpon.
If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.
Egg Sucking Ice Tiger
Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen