Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pink Intruder Tube Fly

Tied for the Squamish river, this fly is a slight variation of Ed Ward's popular Intruder pattern. The Intruder has become more of a style of Steelhead fly than a specific pattern. This variation of an Intruder is tied on an aluminum tube. The advantages of fishing this fly on a tube include the use of a smaller short shank hook which is not only safer for fish but also seems to slightly increase one's landing ratio. The tube set up enables one to change the hook and thus the fly can always be fished with a sharp hook. This is a great pattern for covering the water quickly as it's large profile and flashy colouring are extremely visible. Expect crushing takes, this is a Steelhead magnet. You will notice that this fly seems to fish best after it has had some use. The ostrich, rhea and arctic fox thin out with a little bit of use.

TUBE - HMH 1.5" aluminum

HOOK - Partridge nordic single size #4

TAIL - shrimp pink arctic fox

BODY - pearl Lagurtons flat braid

HACKLE - hot pink rhea wrapped over spun white polar bear

COLLAR - shrimp pink saddle hackle wrapped with hot pink shlappen

WING - white ocstrich herl with an underwing of pearl flashabou

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

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