Fly Angler's OnLine "Fly of the Week #5"

Silver Hilton

(September 29 - October 5, 1997)

Silver Hilton

Thanks to Umpqua Feather Merchants, Glide, OR
for use permission.

Stories about the origin of flies vary about as much as the size of the fish caught a year ago. Some credit the Silver Hilton as coming from the Babine River in British Columbia. Others claim it began on the Klamath in Oregon. Another traces it to the Russian & Trinity Rivers in California.

Regardless of the true origin, this fly was developed in the late 1930's for steelhead and is very effective today.


Standard steelhead hook between sizes 4 & 8.


Six strands from a mallard flank feather about one inch long.


Black chenille or a black imitation seal dubbing.


Silver Tinsel.


Two grizzly hackle tips.


Two wraps of grizzly hackle.
Tying Instructions:

  1. Tie in 6 stands of the mallard flank tail.

  2. Tie in both silver ribbing, and black chenille or dubbing.

  3. Wrap chenille or dubbing towards eye of the hook - be sure and leave enough room for the wings and hackle.

  4. Over wrap chenille with silver ribbing, 4 or 5 turns.

  5. Tie in two grizzly hackle tips for the wing. Be sure that the dull side of the wings are facing outward.

  6. Tie in grizzly hackle. I like two turns for my Deschutes River fly.

  7. Whip finish. - Bill Kremers

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