Partridge Waddington shank 25mm
Partridge z4 Inruder Hook – sz4
Gold flat braid
Chartruse and Black Arctic Fox tails
Micro Pearl Flash
Jungle Cock eyes
This has become my go to fly for Lake Erie Steelhead. The waddington shank adds enough weight to get the fly down and it is “even weight” the keeps the fly nice and level.
The Arctic Fox is a great material with lots of movement. Having the under wing tied in reverse keeps a nice profile in the water yet it has no bulk when casting, and is really the key to this pattern. It also creates a small pocket between the shank and and under wing where the flashabou is allowed to move while the flat braid gives solid form for a great bottom view for holding fish.
fold the AF back and make a few wraps in front to get the hair facing the right direction
(your wraps should only serve as a dam to pus the hair up, do not wrap over the hair to lay it flat)
Cut a clump of black Arctic Fox
Remove the under fur
as you remove the guard hairs, set them aside for the next step
tie in the hair with the tips facing rear