Local Steelhead Guru and guide, Rob Crandall shares his "Guides Choice" winter pattern.
This is one of those flies that I tie on when I go fish. Perfect for steelhead green water and a moment to myself; this is my fly. Our Northwest winter steelhead can’t resist this pattern.
During my first test run with this fly I was positive I had a trout tapping on it as it swung through green water. Then the tap became a tug, then tug became a heavy pull. Moments later I landed a scrappy 38-1/2” wild buck, my "Guides Choice" hanging from his jaw.
The pink and orange combo is perfect for green water conditions and is especially good for those days when the water is just turning from too brown to perfect green. The Guides Choice can serve as a Chinook or Coho fly up north in Alaska and it is a home run fly when searching for the next 30 pounder from Washington’s Quinalt or Hoh River. The next time you look into your box for a fly to tie on, choose the Guides Choice.
Wire: Senyo’s Intruder Wire
Hook: #2 Gamakatsu Octopus
Rear Wing: Rabbit Strip Fl Orange
Rear Wing Flanks: Ostrich, Pink
Front Stage Ball: UV Hot Pink Ice Dub
Front Hackle: Hot Pink Guinea
Front Wing: Pink Ostrich and Hot Orange Ostrich
Flash: Flashabou, Opal and Fuchsia