Monday, January 19, 2009

Blue Intruder Steelhead Fly

The Intruder has become more of a style of Steelhead fly than a specific pattern.The original was tied by legendary Washington Steelhead guide Ed Ward. This variation of an Intruder is tied on a wadington shank with a small octopus style hook rigged in a loop of slickshooter. This set up enables one to change the hook so as to be always be fishing with a sharp hook. This flashy blue intruder is a great pattern for covering the water quickly as it's large profile and bright colouring are extremely visible. Black,purple,blue and white combine for a bug that looks great in the water. The fly in the photo was probably on my line for close to a week,just changed the hook out when a fresh sharp one was needed

SHANK - Partridge waddington 1.5"

LOOP - 35# slickshooter

THREAD - black

HOOK - octopus #2

TAIL - white arctic fox with a wrap of cobalt blue rhea and kingfisher blue ostrich herl finished with a turn of purple and black schlappen

BODY - pearl/purple Lagurtons flat braid

HACKLE - cobalt blue rhea wrapped over spun white polar bear

COLLAR - purple schlappen hackle wrapped with black schlappen

WING - kingfisher blue ocstrich herl with an underwing of pearl flashabou

HEAD - finish off with a nice set of machined eyes of your preference


  1. Great looking fly. Question - how are you tying in the arctic fox? Clipping fibers off the hide and tying around the shank or wrapping like rabbit?

  2. How many fish did that fly catch in a week?
    It is a great looking bug.