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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)

Jerry's Intruder - Orange/White - Product Image
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Jerry's Intruder - Orange/White

The original Intruder designed by Jerry French and tied by Aqua Flies!

The birth of the Intruder was in the Pacific Northwest. It has gone through many evolutions and surely it will continue to evolve, but Jerry's Intruder as it is tied today is a fish catcher. Tied using composite loops, UV materials and a Gamakatsu trailer hook, confidence is high when using this fly. Jerry's Intruder is approximately 3" long. Single Station Intruder is about 2" in length.


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Neo Skagit Bijou Leech, Methow - Product Image
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Neo Skagit Bijou Leech, Methow

A custom design by Grabflies. Design idea came from combining the famous Skagit Minnow with the new Intruder style trailing hook. This fly has lots of action in the water with a large profile.

This is a smaller version of the Neo Skagit Leech. It is not a mini, hence the name bijou, smaller, elegant version. It is tied on a FS SENYOS ARTICULATED SHANK 25MM BLACK and is lightly weighted with some 1.5 inches of medium lead wire wrapped around short shank (this is needed for all the materials, weighted enough to make it swim optimally, great movement).

Fly is 2 inches, long but with some trailing material may drag it out to 2.5 inches. Stinger - trailing hook extends back with mono. Hook can be replaced. Size 2 Owner SSW hook.

This is a slow tie, I can only tie about two an hour. See Neo Skagit Leeches (Click Here)

Custom tied, made in the USA

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Evo Bunny Supreme

The Evo Bunny Supreme is weighted enough to get the rabbit down - swims great. The fly is tied with weighted wire (.025 - .030). This is used to create an enlarged body that helps keep the rabbit wing swimming higher and off the hook to help prevent fouling - see photo. I've been working a long time playing with methods to do this. Here it is!

Size: 2 - 2.5 inches

Materials:

  • Owner SSW #2 Hook
  • Plastic 5mm UV Egg
  • 20 lb Mono
  • Lady Amherst Center tail

Custom tied, made in the USA

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Evo Bunny Supreme 2

The Evo Bunny Supreme 2 is weighted enough to get the rabbit down - swims great. The fly is tied with weighted wire (.025 - .030). This is used to create an enlarged body that helps keep the rabbit wing swimming higher and off the hook to help prevent fouling - see photo. I've been working a long time playing with methods to do this. Here it is!

Size: 2 - 2.5 inches

Materials:

  • Owner SSW #2 Hook
  • Plastic 5mm UV Egg
  • 60 lb braid line (Supreme 2 uses braid line and tubing with flash tinsel glued over, this keep to hook align but still flexible. Hook can be turned in tubing.)
  • Small Hool Holder Tubing
  • Shank
  • Lady Amherst Center tail

 

Custom tied, made in the USA

 Also see Evo Bunny Supreme (click here)


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Jerry's Ultra Mini-Intruder, Blue/Black - Product Image
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Jerry's Ultra Mini-Intruder, Blue/Black

Jerry's newest intruder design utilizing the Ultra Rig. The Ultra Rig is a new system to rig shank flies with a trailing hook. The Ultra Rig is made with 50 pound Spider Wire, Ultra Tubing and a size 2 AquaTalon hook. This rigging system eliminates the use of wire as a trailing loop. The Ultra Rig system allows the angler to change out the hook without damaging the fly or the trailing loop. The only commercially tied fly with this rigging system.  In addition to the rigging system, this intruder is tied using an Aqua Flies Shank, Aqua Flies Intruder Eyes and the Aqua Flies Fake Jungle Cock.

Jerry French Signature Flies

Jerry French is well recognized amongst the steelhead spey community. When speaking of Skagit-style casting systems and tying of intruder type flies, Jerry and his friends Ed Ward and Scott Howell are at the forefront of modern Northwest fly fishing for steelhead. These flies are engineered to fish. Utilizing Jerry's innovative techniques of composite loops and modern materials, we have tied a fly that the master himself will fish.

 

See More Ultra Intruder Flies by Jerry (Click Here)

 


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Steelhead Intruder Leech, Pink - Product Image
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Steelhead 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 | Size 2 Owner Hook. Only six left in stock - I'm out of stock on long Pink Rhea, so this is the last.

 

Custom tied, made in the USA



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Jason's Sputnik Tube Intruder, Blue - Product Image
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Jason's Sputnik Tube Intruder, Blue

The Sputnik Tube Intruder is a blend of traditional Intruder styling and European highlights. A fusion of natural and synthetic materials; Finn Raccoon, Arctic Fox, Ostrich, Predator Wrap and Marabou add to this flies swimming action. The Finn Raccoon wing is reminiscent of Scandi styles. Two stations similar to Intruders. A collar weight behind the front station helps to get the fly down. The Sputnik has great movement and a profile in the water that is irresistible to fish.

 


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SNOWRUNNER BRUSH TUBE, Chartreuse and King Fisher Blue Collar - Product Image
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SNOWRUNNER BRUSH TUBE, Chartreuse and King Fisher Blue Collar

SNOWRUNNER BRUSH TUBE
o HIGH QUALITY SNOWRUNNER HAIR ON BRUSH
o LOADED WITH ANGEL HAIR AND HOLOGRAPHIC FLASHABOU
o FISH HUNTER SPEY MARABOU
o PREIUM 6MM BEAD FOR SUPPORT
o HIGH QUALITY CONES FROM EUROPE
o opst swing hook size 1/0 for Kings
o opst swing hook size 1 for Steelhead, Select hook below
 
These patterns just breathe life! You have to put them in the water to see. Snowrunner hair
comes from a fairly uncommon domesticated animal in Europe. The hair is as durable as it gets
and it just pumps like hell in the water! It doesn't mat or tangle on the hook like synthetics and
icelandic sheep, and is semi-translucent giving it a beautiful sheen. When I first tested the pattern
on the Kitimat river in BC, I caught a chrome bright Chinook on my first cast! Yes, i was at the right
place at the right time, and a little dumb luck too, but I fished this pattern for a week straight and
beat the crap out of it! It is still in my box ready to go!
Anyway, if a large pattern that holds profile in the heaviest of currents, yet moves
beautifully in even the slower pools, is what you are after, I highly recommend you give these a
shot!
Size: 4 inches
- Large fly that is easy to cast.
 
Chinook Salmon, King Salmon on a Snowrunner Brush, Alex Belonga
Alex Belonga, King Salmon caught using SNOWRUNNER BRUSH TUBE
 
Made in the USA

 


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Bunny's Bunny Swimmer, Black/Blue/Chartreuse - Product Image
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Bunny's Bunny Swimmer, Black/Blue/Chartreuse

BUNDY’S BUNNY SWIMMER
 
• Hand cut strips from premium rabbit hides, and triangle tapered for
maximum movement
• 6mm hight quality brass bead on tube
• Nutria for an underwing support
• Spey marabou from fish hunter, the best!
• Cone FOR MAXIMUM MOVEMENT AND CASTABILITY
• Ahrex homerun tube hook size 2
 
Just an easy casting pattern that offers tons of movement in the water. not all rabbit is
created equal, and you’ll see the movement in these when they are in the water. the nutria hair
against the bead provides an awesome profile while minimizing any bulk. i blend the angel hair
with it to get a nice hotspot and also good movement. Give one a try, I think you’ll love it!
 
Size: 3 inches, easy to cast for a rabbit wing this long, Lots of Movement!
 
Custom tied by Alex Belonga, Straits on the Fly
 
Made in the USA 

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MAKE IT RAINBOW

Plenty of rivers have multiple species of both anadromous and resident fish at the same time.   This makes for some amazing fishing, but also presents the issue of what pattern is the best pattern to use that has the greatest chance of a grab across all species. RIO's Make It Rainbow is that fly. This fly is a virtual steelhead magnet, while also grabbing the attention of large brown trout and rainbow trout at the same time. Got bull trout in the stream?   Try the white, which we promise they can’t resist.
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