A while back a friend of mine, Marvin Nolte, tied up a couple
great little Steelhead flies for me. I had never seen this
pattern before and I really liked how it looked in the water.
I began fishing the fly for our local Salmon and Steelhead
with great success. I modified the pattern a little bit to
suit the fancy of our fat and happy Steelhead, Chinooks, Coho's
and Brown Trout. Marvin tells me that the original fly was
unnamed and was created by John Alevras of Chander, AZ. John
obviously does a bit of traveling because I've been to Arizona
and the only Steelhead you'll find there is on the menu of a
5-Star restaurant! Below is my modified version of the CDC Steelhead.
A great Steelhead & Salmon Fly
By Jeff Pierce
Materials: CDC Steelhead
- Hooks: C52S BLN (Mustad Signature Series Hook) size 2/0 - 4
Substitute's - Mustad 36890, Partridge CS14/1B, CS14/1G, CS10/2, M.
- Thread: 6/0 waxed - orange.
- Body: Diamond Braid - Orange.
- Wing: Wapsi CDC - Sulphur Orange.
- Hackle Collar: Guinea Hackle - Flo. Orange.
Step 1. Place C52S BLN hook into vice and secure the thread
to the hook up near the eye and wrap the thread back to just
before the hook begins to curve.
Step 2. Secure the piece of Diamond Braid and wrap thread
back up to just short of the eye. Then wrap the Diamond Braid
around the hook, stopping 1 eye length from the eye. Tie off
and trim tag end.
Step 3. Procure yourself 4 to 8 CDC feathers of the same size
and fullness. Be sure that all are the same length. You can
experiment with the length, but I prefer that the feathers extend
to just short of the bend of the hook. The quantity needed to tie
this fly depends on the quality of the CDC you are working with.
Tie in the first feather. Now tie in the rest of your CDC, one
by one, positioning them around the shank of the hook.
Step 4. Tie in your Guinea Hackle, tip first, and wrap to just
behind the eye. Trim excess and finish wrapping the head.
Whip-finish and apply a coat of head cement and it's ready to fish.