Hairwing Flies

Purple Peril Hairwing
Tied by Richard Lane* for Steelhead


    Originator: Ken McLeod.

    Hook: TMC 7999, Mustad 36890, sizes 2/0 - 8, Bartleet Traditional Salmon fly hook size 6 shown.

    Thread: Black 6/0.

    Tag: Flat silver tinsel.

    Tail: Purple hackle fibers.

    Rib: Fine oval silver tinsel.

    Body: Purple wool, thin.

    Hackle: Purple hackle, soft.

    Wing: Red fox squirrel tail.

    Optional cheeks: Jungle cock eyes.

    Head: Black.

Fishing Tip:

I fish this on a greased line (Dry Line) with a 9 to 12 foot leader fished across and down. Hold, then stripped in fast. This is another favorite pattern for me and it produces well for me. I sometimes change the wing to a silver squirrel tail to give it a different look.

*About Richard Lane

Born on January 8, 1944 on the Yakama Indian Reservation in a two room shank on Toppennish Ridge. I am Klickatat/Cowlitz Indian and the rest is Irish, German and Dutch. I grew up on the Reservation and Oregon State in various parts. As long as I can remember I had a fishing rod of some type in my hands. At the age of 11, I went to work for my Uncle Ed as a commercial fisherman out of Pacific City, Oregon. I worked for my Uncle till the other "Uncle" sent for me. Then it was a free paid vacation to SE Asia for a few years.

After returning home from the war I tried the collage thing at UCLA for 2 yrs. At which time a friend offered me a chance to "go fishin," I thought that we were going locally, but no, we went to Alaska instead. I fell in love with the great state and never looked back. While fishing in Alaska another friend got me started using the long rod again so here I am today fly fishing where ever and when ever I get the chance. I have been in the commercial fishing industry for about 30 years and a fisherman my whole life. Today I am a Licensed Master Plumber in 11 states, I also hold a USCG 500 ton All Oceans Masters License, 1600 ton 1st Mate, 3rd Mate Unlimited and a 10,000 hp Chief Engineers License. Oh, I almost forgot I have been full time fly fishing since 1988 and been a guide in Western Alaska on and off since 1991.

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