Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Golden Demon

This time of year is great in the fact that you can take steelhead most effectivly on classic hair wing patterns. It is such a pleasure to tie on a fly that resembles art. One of my favorites is this one! Found this photo at:
tied by Garren Wood. Check out his other flies!

There are some differences on the origin of this fly:
According to Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon Fly Index, " The fly was originated in England and brought to New Zealand where Zane Grey use it in the 1920's. He then brought some flies back to the West Coast for steelhead and salmon. Then the fly appeared on the salmon rivers of New Brunswick, especially on the Cains River. From New Brunswick the pattern filtered down to the area northern New Hampshire in the early 1930's and has been a most popular pattern in that area ever since."
This fly came from New Zealand in about 1933 and was modified by Fred Peet for Atlantic Salmon on the Cains River in New Brunswick. It was brought to the West Coast where it was again modified by C. Jim Pray of Eureka, California. It became popular in Southern Washington and Northern Oregon around 1950.
Whatever the case I know this for sure.
Steelhead love it and so do I!