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The Intruder Fly Pattern - no that isn't correct. The Intruder Fly originally tied by Jerry French, and Ed Ward, was a concept pattern. The concept was to tie a large fly pattern with a small trailing hook. Before the Intruder, large flies were tied on large hooks. These hooks damaged the Steelhead for release - they were tied on large ott (1/0, 2/0 3/0…) hooks that were cutter hooks that kept slicing into the fish's mouth.

Second part of the concept was to tie a fly with two stations - a rear and forward station. This allowed a large fly to cast easier.

Since the 1990's this fly has continued to morph. The reason for this is in the word Intruder which refers to two things:

1. The fly concept that Jerry French and Ed Ward developed.

2. An Intruder is something that anadromous fish respond to - other small fish in their redds hanging around to eat their eggs.

Large flies tied in an Intruder Style can also represent food like squid and shrimp that steelhead and Salmon have foraged on in the ocean.

Intruder Flies for Steelhead, Salmon, and Sea Run Browns

What does an Intruder suggest or represent to a Steelhead?


Possible Responses:

  • Automatic Condition Feeding Response - representation of a squid, prawn or fish.
  • Curiosity Response – Large 3 to 6 inch Intruders are large animated attractors that instigate Steelhead, Salmon. And sea run Browns into striking.
  • Survival Competition Response – An Intruder may eat eggs, and the survival response is to remove they prey.
  • Territorial Competition Response – when Steelhead come into a holding area they often setup a territory. When an Intruder swings through their area and bite response is initiated.
  • Anger Response – an Intruder has disturbed the peace, a Steelhead’s space.


What to Look for in an Intruder:

1. Size (bigger is often better) This depends on water clarity and water temperature. Clear water = smaller; Cold water = larger.
2. Shape, profile and outline (what does the fly look like when it is wet and swinging through the current.
3. Color - Steelhead are color-conscious to the extreme.
4. Movement – does the fly have movement in the water, not the air.
5. Casting ability – can you cast the big Intruder. Big flies = big rods, and heavier sink tips. Or adjust your cast. You can Perry Poke Spey Cast a big Intruder if you are having trouble.
6. Durability – will they fly stand up to casting a fishing punishment.

Stinger-style Hybrid Intruder Flies

 

Take a look at Moal Leeches for Intruder Type Flies. Larger size Moal Leeches are Intruders, and their snaky movement profile move Steelhead to the take.

Top Winter Moal Leeches (Click Here)

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Fish Taco Supreme, Purple Barred and Black

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid, Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

(6) Barred Ostrich Plume Pieces added, three to a side.
The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price:   $5.50 
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Fish Taco Supreme, Blue Barred

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid,  Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Barred Ostrich Plume, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.


 
The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA

 


Price:   $5.50 
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Fish Taco Supreme, Red

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid, Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price:   $5.50 
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Fish Taco Supreme, Purple

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid,  Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA

 


Price:   $5.50 
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King Intruder Leech, Chartreuse

King Intruder Leech, Chartreuse

Fly is tied using black cross cut rabbit strip tied on Fireline braid like a Moal Leech, then lots of Chartreuse Rhea spun on, followed by Chartreuse Holographic Flashabou, and Chartreuse Guinea and a Chartreuse bead cone.

Sizes:
4 inch recommended for King Salmon, and Winter Steelhead
3 inch for Steelhead and clearer water conditions for Salmon
Size 2 Chartreuse trailing Intruder Hook, Black Nickel Size 1


Custom tied, made in the USA



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Fish Taco Supreme, Chartreuse

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid, Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price:   $5.50 
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Fish Taco Supreme, Black and Blue

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid, Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price:   $5.50 
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Fish Taco Supreme, Black with Red/Purple Flash

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid, Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

HOT Spring/Summer and Fall Fly. The combination of black for silhouette and Red trailing Flashabou and front 2/3 Purple Flashabou Steelhead find extremely tasteful!

The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | 3 inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price:   $5.50 
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Fish Taco Supreme, Pink and Black Barred

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid, Ice Dub, Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

Tied with Pink and Black Barred Ostrich with Chartreuse butt.
The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Size 2 trailing hook | Three inches long

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price:   $5.50 
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King Intruder Leech, Pink

This pattern came from Grabflies "King Intruder Leech, Red" but I have only fished it for Winter Steelhead. In off color rivers like the Hoh river on the Olympic Peninsula. My first try with this fly I caught two Steelhead and no other flies were producing any results. I used a four inch King Intruder Leech, Pink on the Hoh, but clearer water rivers I use the three inch size.

Fly is tied using black cross cut rabbit strip tied on braid line like a Moal Leech, then lots of Rhea spun on, followed by Flashabou, and Guinea and a bead cone. The Black Rabbit core gives this fly lots of silhouette and animates the flashabou.

Sizes:
4 inch recommended for King Salmon, and Winter Steelhead
3 inch for Steelhead and clearer water conditions for Salmon
 
Size 2, 1, 1/0 trailing Intruder Hook

 

Custom tied, made in the USA



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The Hybrid

The Hybrid, A very serious Steelhead Fly (Solid colors good for Salmon too).

(NEW Design, Fall 2015)

I have designed similar Steelhead flies like this pattern. It is a refinement. The Hybrid also comes articulated (more movement) if you choose that option. Also this pattern comes with the new tip dyed Ostrich Plumes that really add movement, plus with the added Ostrich Spey Plumes tied in under the larger tip dyed plumes gives the fly more silhouette but without much water absorption so it is pretty easy to cast for a big fly. When the black dyed tips of the Ostrich move the fly appears more lively in the water.

 

 


Custom tied, made in the USA


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Fish Taco Primo Supreme, Blue and Black Tipped

Custom tied Fish Taco's are tied in un-weighted thread head, and medium weighted cone head (see options). Tied using Fireline Braid with Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid,  Ice Dub,  Black Ostrich Spey Hackle under wing, Ostrich Plumes, Guinea collar, and your choice of Hot Cone, or thread head.

Tied with Blue and Black Tipped Ostrich.
 
Primo: tied using Black Ostrich Spey Hackle under wing instead of Saltwater Neck Hackle palmered. This makes fly fuller and casts a larger silhouette.

 

The "Fish Taco" designed by Jeff Hickman, is a very popular and very effective Steelhead fly. The Fish Taco Supreme is custom designed and tied by Jeff Layton. The Fish Taco Supreme is a Fish Taco with added improvements.
  • Lots of movements
  • Easy to cast

Two Size: (2 - 2.5 inch, low water) and (3 - 3.5 inch, all season)

Size 2 trailing hook

Custom tied, made in the USA

 


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Brass Monkey Intruder, Orange

Brass Monkey Intruder Style Steelhead Fly by Spirit River

3 inches long

Size 2 trailing hook

This fly gets down deep and doesn't retain much moisture making it easier to cast.


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Rockstar Chartreuse/Black

Rockstar Chartreuse/Black by Spirit River, size: 2.5 - 3 inches long. Great new Steelhead fly. Lots of movement with all this Ostrich Herl.

Photo is of Pink/Purple.


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Brass Monkey Intruder, Purple

Brass Monkey Intruder Style Steelhead Fly by Spirit River

3 inches long

Size 2 trailing hook

This fly gets down deep and doesn't retain much moisture making it easier to cast.


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NorthWestern Intruder, Purple/Pink

Notherwestern Intruder, Purple/Pink by Spirit River

Size: 2 trailing hook

Tied with Ostrich and Lady Amherst. This fly is easy to cast and gets down deep.


Notherwestern Intruder, Black/Blue (in photo) (Click Here)

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NorthWestern Intruder, Black/Orange

Notherwestern Intruder, Black/Orange by Spirit River

Size: 2 trailing hook

Tied with Ostrich and Lady Amherst. This fly is easy to cast and gets down deep.


Notherwestern Intruder, Black/Blue (in photo) (Click Here)

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Black and Blue Jailhouse Ostrich Intruder

Custom Tied with Jailhouse dyed Ostrich Herl as trailing under wing, then black Marabou. Spun Ostrich herl gives support and body to fly so Marabou does not collapse.

  • Fly is 3.5 - 4 inches long
  • Size 2 trailing Inruder style hook
  • Cactus Chenille on Fireline Braid (trailing to hook)
  • Flashabou
  • Schlappen Collar
  • Cross-Eyed Cone Head

Custom tied, made in the USA


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NorthWestern Intruder, Black/Blue

Notherwestern Intruder, Black/Blue by Spirit River

 Size: 2

Tied with Ostrich and Lady Amherst. This fly is easy to cast and gets down deep.


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King Intruder Leech, Red

This fly has been a Chinook Salmon Killer Fly in colored water. I tried many different patterns and combinations, but as soon as I tied this fly up, and used the first morning in off color river conditions. I had landed three 20 lb Chinook Salmon. To make sure it was not just a special day, I went the next morning I hooked and lost a huge steelhead when tailing and landed a 16 lb King Salmon.
 
I swing this fly.
 
Fly is tied using black cross cut rabbit strip tied on braid line like a Moal Leech, then lots of Red Rhea spun on, followed by Red Flashabou, and Red Guinea and red bead cone. The Black Rabbit core gives this fly lots of silhouette and animates the flashabou.
 
Sizes:
5 inch (tied using lower and upper spun Rhea if I don't have long enough Rhea). Winter Steelhead, and King Salmon 
4 inch recommended for King Salmon, and Winter Steelhead
3 inch for Steelhead and clearer water conditions for Salmon
 
Size 2, 1, 1/0 trailing Intruder Hook

 
 
King Salmon Intruder Leech Fly
 

Custom tied, made in the USA



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Steelhead Bugger with Rabbit

Grabflies.com re-designed the famous Woolly Bugger for Steelhead.

Very Popular with reports of great success

Tied on a shank with a trailing hook - this keeps the fly omnidirectional (looks the same from all angles). Also stops the Marabou tail from wrapping around the hook. This design the Marabou tail is wrapped like hackle centering the hook in the middle of the hackle and allowing the fly to have more action. the body is tied with a Rabbit Strip.

Size: 2 1/2 - 4 inches (select Size), Size 2 trailing hook

Lots of colors to select from. Every river seems to have a particular color that does best in it. Then there is the time of year when colors change.

 

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Chartreuse Bugger with Rabbit

Chartreuse Bugger with Rabbit

Grabflies.com re-designed the famous Woolly Bugger for Steelhead and Salmon.

Very Popular with reports of great success

Tied on a shank with a trailing hook - this keeps the fly omnidirectional (looks the same from all angles). Also stops the Marabou tail from wrapping around the hook. This design the Marabou tail is wrapped like hackle centering the hook in the middle of the hackle and allowing the fly to have more action. the body is tied with a Rabbit Strip.

Size: 3 inches, Size 2 trailing hook

Lots of colors to select from. Every river seems to have a particular color that does best in it. Then there is the time of year when colors change.

Custom tied, made in the USA


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King Salmon Leech, Black with Chartreuse Head

King Salmon Leech, Black with Chartreuse Head. Size: 3.5 - 4 inches

This leech was designed for Chinook Salmon. Also works for Coho and Steelhead. Swing, Swing Rig, or Strip this fly. Lots of action with the rabbit fur and rubber legs.

Custom tied Salmon flies by Grabflies.com

Leech has:

  • String Leech with size 1/0 traling hook
  • Cross Cut Rabbit
  • Crazy Rubber legs
  • Large Barbell eyes
  • Flashabou
  • Sparkle/Cactus Chenille

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Black and Blue Intruder, Ostrich Snake Hackle

Large Intruder with lots of action

About 4 inch length

Combination of Ostrich Herl, Rabbit, and fine grizzly saddle hackle +...

Custom tied, made in the USA

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Black and Blue Ostrich Herl & Marabou Intruder

Custom Tied with Ostrich Herl as trailing under wing, then black Marabou. Spun Ostrich herl gives support and body to fly so Marabou does not collapse.

Large profile Intruder with lots of action. Black and Kingfisher blue proven Steelhead colors over and over again.

  • Fly is 4 inches long
  • Tied as seen in first photo - stinger style or second photo tube style (see tube flies)
  • Ties on 30 lb Firewire and straight eyed shank
  • Size 2 trailing Octopus style hook
  • Cactus Chenille on Fireline Braid (trailing to hook)
  • Palmer Chenille before each Marabou feather
  • Ostrich Herl, Marabou wing
  • UV2 Super Schlappen Collar
  • Flashabou
  • Cross-Eyed Cone Head

Custom tied, made in the USA


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King Salmon Leech, Fluorescent Pink

King Salmon Leech, Fluorescent Pink Size: 3.5 - 4 inches

This leech was designed for Chinook Salmon. Also works for Coho and Steelhead. Swing, Swing Rig, or Strip this fly. Lots of action with the rabbit fur and rubber legs.

Custom tied Salmon flies by Grabflies.com

Leech has:

  • String Leech with size 1/0 traling hook
  • Cross Cut Rabbit
  • Crazy Rubber legs
  • Large Barbell eyes
  • Flashabou
  • Sparkle/Cactus Chenille

Custom tied, made in the USA


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King Salmon Leech, Two Toned Chartreuse/Black

This leech was designed for Chinook Salmon. Also works for Coho and Steelhead. Swing, Swing Rig, or Strip this fly. Lots of action with the rabbit fur and rubber legs.

Custom tied Salmon flies by Grabflies.com

Size: 3.5 - 4 inches

Leech has:

  • String Leech with size 1/0 traling hook
  • Cross Cut Rabbit
  • Crazy Rubber legs
  • Large Barbell eyes
  • Flashabou
  • Sparkle/Cactus Chenille

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Black and Purple Intruder, Ostrich Snake Hackle

Large Intruder with lots of action.

Size: 4 inches.

Combination of Rabbit, Ostrich Plumes and fine grizzly saddle hackle +...

A favorite for fly fishermen fishing for Steelhead in Canada or Sea Run Brown Trout in Patagonia.

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Moal Leech

Moal leeches are tied entirely on a string with a trailer hook at the back. This gives the fly greater action than a fly tied on a rigid hook. More fish are landed with the Moal fly as well.

The tried and True Mother of all Leeches. The classic Strung Out MOAL (Mother of all Leeches) is the one thst started it all. Invented by Derek Fergus is is one heck of a pattern. These really are a pattern you need if you hunt Steelhead. Because we use a Octopus hook the short shank holds fish far better allowing more fish to hand. Because it is tied on a string (gel spun) the fly tends to wiggle and swim in the current. Specially swinging them.


Size 2 trailing hook - 3" long  (custom flies tied with bead heads)

Also see Summer Moal Leeches, 2 1/4 inches (Click Here)

 

 

The Moal Leech catches Steelhead in all conditions. Add it to your fly box. You will never look back.

"I wanted to thank you for your fast service and a great product.  I have
been fly fishing for over forty years and have caught hundreds of trout and
salmon and even a few bonefish but I had never caught a steelhead on a fly
before last weekend.  With my fifth cast of your black and purple MOAL into
a nice Clackamas riffle I hooked and landed a small hatchery summer hen.  I
attached a picture although it doesn't show the fly too well (my hands were
still shaking)." -
Paul Boucher

Paul


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FlyTubes

FlyTubes - Tube Fly Box made by GrabFlies.com

Also see NEW - FlyTubeCase (click here)

Crystal clear water proof plastic tubes, perfect for those Intruder flies, Moal Leeches, Stinger - trailing hook flies, Tube Flies...

Tubes come in two diameter sizes:1/2 inch (smaller Intruders, Moal Leeches, Marabou) and 3/4 inch (Large Intruders, Mega Moal Leeches)

  • Removable vinyl end caps fit securely
  • Easy to store
  • Protects Hackles, Maribou, Flash, Ostrich Plume...
  • Easy to store
  • Easy to carry
  • LESS BULK
  • Custom lengths: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 inches
  • 1/2 inch tubes - three different color caps to help sort
  • FlyTubes
    Store and Protect Large Intruder Flies

    FlyTubes
    Removable End Caps

    FlyTubes
    Perfect for String Leech Flies

    FlyTubes
    Perfect for String Leech Flies (3/4 inch Diameter Tube)6 inch length

    FlyTubes
    Perfect for Moal Leeches (1/2 inch Diameter Tube) 3.5 inch length

    Fly Tubes

    "This is the only fly box I use now. In the summer I will put several skating or muddler type flies into one tube. For big steelhead flies it a must have item. I have tried so many different fly boxes, but it was always the bulk that gets in the way of Spey casting, or closing the lid down and munching the flash of marabou that gave birth to this simple fly storage solution." - Jeff Layton


     


    Price:   $2.25 
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    Steelhead Squid Series Fly

    Steelhead Squid Series

    Marine Biologist at Oregon's Marine Science Center, believe that steelhead may retain the "search image" of nourishing marine organisms even after they have returned to fresh water. According to Dr. W.G. Pearcy, steelhead range far out to sea, dining mostly on squid, amphipods and euphausiids. Squid make up 90% of their high seas diet.

    Steelhead eat squid up to 6 inches in length.

    In developing this Steelhead Squid Series. I looked at the Squid and Intruder style patterns and came up with this fly series. It has large eyes (Living Eyes are glued on with Epoxy to 3 mm Monofilm strips) in the rear just like a squid. It has lots of swimming leg and body movement.

    There are three tie ups to choose from:
    1. Rubber leg "Crazy Legs" (very durable and good in faster water)
    2. Ostrich for the legs (better movement if softer water)
    3. Ostrich and Jungle Cock Nails for the eyes (more natural, organic)

    All tie ups catch steelhead, and color patterns.

    Flies are 3/34" to 4" long, with size 2 trailing hook

    Squid
    Squid: phosfluorescent colors

     

    (15 lb Winter Steelhead)

     


     



    Custom tied, made in the USA

    Steelhead Squid Series Fly (Rubber Legs, Pink/Orange)
    (Rubber Legs, Pink/Orange)

    Steelhead Squid Series Fly (Rubber Legs, Pink/Salmon Pink)
    Rubber Legs, Pink/Salmon Pink)

    Steelhead Squid Series Fly (Rubber Legs, Pink/Orange/Black)
    (Rubber Legs, Pink/Orange/Black)

    Steelhead Squid Series Fly (Rubber Legs, Black/Blue)
    (Rubber Legs, Black/Blue)


    Price:   $5.50 
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    Orange Zinger Intruder

    Intruder - GO BIG OR GO HOME

    shank-style fly with trailing bait style hook for solid hook-ups.

    Large silhouette that is easy to cast

    Size 2 hook

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    Mist Jackal Tube Fly, Black

    Nice summer and fall Steelhead tube fly. Also works great in low or clear water winter conditions.

    Easy to cast.

    Comes with hook and junction tubing

    Overall wing length: 2.5 inches long

    Also see Purple (click here)


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    Winter Steelhead Moal Fly Collection

    Here are twelve great winter, custom tied, Steelhead flies - Winter Moal Collection. These flies all have been tested, and have caught many, many Steelhead.

    Size: 3 inch Moal Leeches

    Status: Tied and ready to ship

    Steelhead caught by Dave Robinson

    Custom tied, made in the USA


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    Evo X

    Evo X (EVO = Evolution)

    This fly design is an evolution. It is a combination of flies: EVO with Eyes | Tandem Tube Flies | Moal Leeches | Skagit Leech . Design to have maximum profile and movement to move Steelhead to the grab.
     
    Tail is tied like a  Tandem Tube Fly in that the rabbit can swim freely. Large profile not the easiest to cast. Skagit Lines only.
     
    This fly takes a long time to tie.
     
    Two Sizes:  3" | 4" (3 inch size is displayed in photo) (4" winter off color and/or cold water)
     
    Custom tie - please allow 3-4 days to tie.  Tied using #2 Owner hook.
     

    Custom tied, made in the USA


     


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    Mini Rhea Taco

    Tied like a Fish Taco Fly but using Rhea instead of Ostrich Plume. This gives the fly a little less silhouette, but with the same action, plus Rhea really stands out and moves in the water.

    Easy to cast, and has more movement because of the Rhea.

    Size: 2.25 inches

    Tied on a FS SENYOS ARTICULATED SHANK 25MM BLACK

    Comes with an Owner size two hook to land 20 LB Steelhead. Hook is connected using: Senyo's Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

     

    Mini Rhea Taco Purple/Pink for Steelhead

     

     Mini Rhea Taco, Purple/Pink

    Custom tied, made in the USA

     

     


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    Sugar Bunny

    My brother and I recently went to the Skeena river for the first time for Summer run fish. We had some pretty good Intel on a few runs and techniques. One thing that my source stressed was that if we waded out past our ankles that we were fishing too far out! Man was he right! It took me a few days to catch up to my brother who was fishing left handed and close because of tennis elbow in his right arm. He was really getting into the fish, hitting 4 steelhead the first day on a (Fish Magnet Summer Methow)! The biggest problem was all of the plucks, and short strikes from traveling fish. I was a zero with lots of on offs until the third day when I put on a sink 3 on my Rage head and started swinging it into the beach. Then my trip really began as I managed some nice fish mimicking my brother with a Fish Magnet Summer series Methow fly* that proved very good for Steelhead and Coho.

    Flash forward a couple of weeks and the same trip with Jeff at Grabflies. Fishing has been tough all over and the Skeena was no exception this year with a near record low steelhead run. We were going to have to work hard and step up to be successful. This time it was me that hit the ground running having learned my lesson! Prior to the trip I worked on a fly that would be smaller, darker, casts easily on a light polyleader and moves with very little current while showing off a red bead by the hook that would hopefully give the fish a point of attack so the hookup rate would go up with the fast traveling Skeena fish.

    It is basically an April Vokey Sugar Pop fly without the Rhea and an added black rabbit zonker tail with the flash right on top of the wing. Introducing the (Sugar Bunny) Man this fly really fit the bill. I could have called it the Labrador retriever because the tail looks like a dogs tail wagging the flash back and forth. Winner Winner Steelhead dinner!

    I had many grabs and fish on and lost along with a couple of dandy mid to upper teen steelhead caught the first two days. We think the Coho were the plucking fish, but we also lost some big steelhead deep into the battle.

    Jeff soon learned his lesson as I did, as he said "keeping one foot on the bank" and hit three steelhead on his third day, fishing a light tip and a light nice moving fly called the (Egg Dropping Methow Rhea Taco) one of the fish took him down the river and got off at the bank that we dubbed the Kispiox buck because of his 20# + size and nasty demeanor.

    Jeff also caught a some on a lightly weighted (Skagit Methow Leech) which is always a good fly to tie on.

    Later in the week the river cleared up some and the fish moved out from the bank and I fished another new fly that was incredibly successful, hooking three steelhead in one run on the final morning. Jeff and I managed a double as well, each catching a nice mid teen chromer!  I'm dubbing my new fly (the  Hoh Magnet) It is a highly visible mostly black fly with a dark blue flash wing and Lady Amhurst barbs that says "bite me" I will be adding it to the Fish Magnet fly collection as soon as I can tie some up and get them to Jeff to be available.

    See (customer photos) and view the awesome wild steelhead and the flies that we used to catch each!

    Also see Evo Bunny with Eyes (Click Here)

    made in the USA 


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    Bucket Buster

    This is a specialized fly. Design to sink deeper into buckets of deeper water in holding areas in rivers. This fly is doubled weighted. It is tied with a hidden .25" nickle bead . The hidden bead helps prop up the Marabou with Intruder Prop hackle followed by Marabou. The second weight element is the Intruder eye (Real Eyes Plus) - medium size. The fly has lots of material - full silhouette which helps move Steelhead. If you can meet the Steelhead half way in depth in the bucket you have a good chance at moving them to a grab. Other option is to put on a heavy tip, but once you move away from the bucket into more normal swing water you will want to change the tip, or change the fly.

    Other goodies tied into this fly Chartreuse Lady Amherst Center tail , and Grizzly Saddle Hackle for it's wing.

    Size: 3 - 3.5 inches | Heavily weighted

    Hook: Size 2, Owner

    Custom tied, made in the USA


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    Greg's Kriller, Red

    Greg's Kriller

    Constructed on the banks of the Kanektok River the killer krill, or Kriller, was designed for maximum castabilty as well as its flaring motion when swinging across hydraulic “fences” in the water column. With the weight of the dumbbell eyes at the back of the shank, the Kriller swings deep with more of a downward-diagonal profile than most traditional patterns. A devouring size for both chrome Chinook and Steelhead, having the eyes closer to the hook attracts some of the most aggressive eats you can find near tidewater!


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    Crandall;s Steelhead Nightmare

    Rob Crandall lives in Portland, Oregon, where he operates Water Time Outfitters, which offers guided fishing trips on the Deschutes River for trout and steelhead, as well as guided fly fishing for steelhead on the Clackamas, NF Nehalem, Trask and Oregon Coast rivers in the winter. It is on these rivers that Rob designed and developed his fish-catching patterns. He grew up on the banks of the Clackamas River and has been a licensed Oregon fishing guide since 1992. Rob is also the past editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal magazine.
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    Methow Moal Supreme

    A Moal Leech as good as it gets. Tied with hook holder to help prevent hook fouling, and natural Lady Amherst Center tail for legs.

    Moal leeches are tied entirely on a string with a trailer hook at the back. This gives the fly greater action than a fly tied on a rigid hook. More fish are landed with the Moal fly as well.

    Custom Moal Leeches are tied by Grabflies.com in the good old USA. Moal's are tied using the best materials on the market and are tied to last (super glue, Berkley Fireline Braid 20 LB (double over for 40 LB strength) and, quality Owner size 2 hook.

     

     

    Custom tied, made in the USA


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