Steelhead love orange. Not sure why, but it's a fact of life. This little pattern has been dynamite for us in the Spring. This is a hybrid of an egg and a stonefly, mimicking both at once. A stimulator of sorts. Its a really easy recipe so you won't feel bad losing a few.
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Hook: Daichii 1530 sz 12 (+)
Thread: Veevus 6/0 Fl. Orange (+)
Bead: Dazzle Brass Bead Fl Orange 1/8" (+)
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers Natural (+)
Body: Crusty Nail Fusion Dub (+)
Rib: Ultra Wire Hot Orange Brassie (+)
Legs: Brown Partridge (+)
Lay a thread base down back to bend of hook.
Tail should be length of body. Use your hook as a template, tie the fiber in near the front, then wrap towards the back.
Bring thread back to bead.
Tie in the wire, again covering with thread all the way to the back.
Dub a tapered body with the Fusion Dub. Bring all the way to bead.
Wrap the wire 5 or 6 times to form segmentation.
Add legs to each side. Either pheasant tail fibers or partridge will work fine for this step.
Add a small collar of dubbing right behind bead, whip finish, done.
Works great in March, April, and May for Steelhead and resident trout.