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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) Also See All Steelhead and Salmon Flies (Click Here) 

 

Jeff Layton, Intruder Fly Caught Steelhead 

Jeff Layton, Winter Steelhead



 

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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

Price: $4.50 
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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)

Only one left in stock 


Price: $3.95 
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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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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 - 2.5 inches

Tied on a FS SENYOS ARTICULATED SHANK 25MM BLACK

Tied with an Owner size 2 SSW hook.

For Blue/Black - also see (very popular)

Egg Dropping Methow Rhea Taco, Mini (click here)

 

Mini Rhea Taco Purple/Pink for Steelhead

 

 Mini Rhea Taco, Purple/Pink

Custom tied, made in the USA

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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.

 

One in Stock 


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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 Micro Barred Voodoo Fibers 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, Braid Line 20 LB (double over for 40 LB strength) and, quality Owner size 2 hook.

 

 

Custom tied, made in the USA


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HoBo Spey

HoBo Spey - custom tied by Grabflies using quality (best) materials:

A great time tested and proven Steelhead pattern. Black and blue is money for Steelhead. HoBo has lots of movement in soft water because of the Marabou. Grabflies ties this pattern with a dubbing ball before Intruder Prop hackle and then black Marabou. This stops the Marabou from collapsing flat, but instead gives the fly shape and movement.

Also see Fish Taco (click here)

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Hartwick's Hoser Tube, Pink/Purple

Hartwick's Hoser Tube presents a giant, flowing profile in the water. Weight has been added in the form of a tungsten cone. Not only does this cone add weight, but it is tied in reverse so it creates a solid bump where the marabou is tied in. The marabou will not collapse and the profle remains, even in the fastest water.


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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

Price: $7.95 
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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

Price: $6.50 
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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

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

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

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.

Two in stock 


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MAKE IT RAINBOW, White

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.

Three in stock. 

Also See: White Mini Intruder Leech (Click Here)


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OM Tube, Black/Blue

Ostrich and  Marabou Tube Fly.
 
The Ostrich on this tube fly is propped up by diamond braid ball and intruder prop hackle. Forward of the Ostrich is Marabou and Schlappen hackle. Flashabou and .25” Bead (Better for turbulence to move hackle and egg sucking leech attributes.

  • Fly is 3.25 – 3.5 inches long
  • Highlights of Lady Amherst
  • Hook (Interchangeable) comes with #1 SSW Owner Hook 


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Marabou Spey, Purple/Black

Marabou Spey, a single stage Leech.

A non-weighted Marabou fly with lots of movement. The Marabou is propped up with a diamond braid ball with Prop hackle in front then followed by Marabou and then finished with Schlappen Hackle, Flashabou, and Micro Barred Voodoo Fibers. Trailing #2 Owner hook is held in place with hook junction tubing and red tinsel wrap for color and stiffness so it doesn’t foul when casting.

 

  • Great Summer and Fall Steelhead colors.
  • Size: 2.5 inches 
  • Easy to cast

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Black and Orange Intruder Tube

Black and Orange are proven Steelhead colors. Tied with a Orange cone, Orange Schlappen hackle, Black Marabou, Orange Grizzly Hackle, Flashabou.

Comes with junction tubing and hook.

Size: 2.75 - 3 inches

Select Hook Size Below. 

Custom tied, made in the USA

 


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Jerry's WMD Sculpin, Olive

Sculpin Flies are great for Steelhead, trout from Alaska, Pacific Northwest and Great  Lakes.
 
Alaska sculpin baitfish is a key source of protein for resident rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, steelhead, and pike in Alaska lakes and streams.
 
Jerry French has spent many seasons guiding in Alaska. It is during this time that he honed his trout fishing skills.  The Alaskan trout are big, hungry meat eaters and are not shy about eating big flies. Jerry has designed his trout flies to lure the largest trout in the river. The WMD Sculpin is rigged with a size 4 AquaTalon hook.
 


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RMO Sculpin Intruder

Grabflies RMO Sculpin Intruder tied with Rabbit (Brown), Marabou (Olive), and Ostrich (Olive) on a shank with trailing braid line to number 2 SSW Owner hook, thru hook holder tubing - Glow in the dark. 

Fly Size: 2.25 inches 

A Grabflies custom design. Sculpin are bait fish and found almost in all fresh water fisheries. Swinging Sculpin patterns are very popular in the Great Lakes for Steelhead and Alaska fishery, plus good for Trout and Bass...

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Heisenberg Pheasant Intruder Bug

Heisenberg Pheasant Intruder Bug (two stages), another Grabflies rendition of the Heisenberg.

History: This Fly, and others were named after either Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901 – 1976) was a German theoretical physicist, or Martin Heisenberg inventor of the fly collar.

The Pheasant tail wing has good movement and a natural bug presence. Mix that with some blue and Steelhead just got real interested. 

Non-weighted Fly 

Size: 1.75 inches

Hook: Size 2 Owner - no escape barbless hook, connected to shank with Glow in the dark green junction tubing. 

GP Pheasant Tippet, rear stage, forward stage has Pheasant under hackle collar, Pheasant tail feather over wing collar, and Guinea collar finish, plus Holographic Flashabou.

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Gamboa's Halo Prawn Chartreuse

Dennis Gamboa is a talented fly tier from British Columba. Whether he is tying steelhead flies, trout flies or saltwater flies, Dennis has the talent to create some very fishy patterns. The Halo Prawn is Dennis' first submission. The Halo Prawn has a translucent appearance to mimic a prawn in saltwater. Dennis uses Slush Jelly Chenille to give the fly this translucent look. Halo Eyes give the fly some realism and speckled marabou creates some movement. Tied on a 33mm shank and rigged with the Ultra Rig and a size 2 hook.
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RIO's Hare Snare Chartreuse/Pink

When fly fishing for Coho look for backwater with slow current, particularly in Alaska . Cast RIO's Hare Snare into the mix, let it sink into the zone, then retrieve the fly so it jigs up and down on the way back to you -  Don't overlook this fly for winter steelhead or for the big boys in Tierra Del Fuego.

Size 1 hook 


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Bait Fish Leech, Rainbow Trout

Design for big Brown Trout, but also works for Great Lakes Steelhead, Bull trout, Bass, Pike, Lake Trout, Tierra Del Fuego... This is one of Grabflies new baitfish imitations. Fly can be swung, stripped...

Baitfish leeches are tied and glued on a braid line with a trailer hook at the back (Tied with hook holder to help prevent hook fouling and hook can be rotated). This gives the fly greater action than a fly tied on a rigid hook and less fouling than an articulated fly. Front of fly is tied on 3/4 inch shank.

Fly is super glued through-out tying process. 

Length: 3 inches
Hook: Size 2, Owner SSW Hook

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Egg Sucking Bling Rabbit Zonker Leech Tube

A Grablies Tie - Egg Sucking Bling Rabbit Zonker Leech Tube. Zonker meaning Rabbit Bling strip is attached at the head and tail of the tube to help prevent hook- foiling, and casts farther.

A good Fall and Winter Steelhead and Salmon Fly. Fly is lightly weighted under the egg sack dubbing head.

Fly is 2.25 - 2.5 inches from head to end of wing. Easy to cast.

A good Great Lakes Steelhead and Salmon Fly. Also works good in PNW, and upper tributaries of British Columbia.

Select Hook Below for tube.

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Muskegon Leech

Grabflies Muskegon Leech inspired for the Muskegon River, Michigan. A good bait fish pattern.

Fly is three inches long. Tied like a Moal Leech for movement. Three colors of rabbit - Olive, Yellow, Tan. Mallard Collar with Olive dubbing head and Barbell eyes.

Fly is good for Greak Lakes Steelhead, Migratory Brown Trout, Native Brown Trout, Tierra del Fuego, Lake trout, Big Hungry Rainbow trout, Bass...

Hook: Size 2 SSW Owner 

Hook Holder tubing allows hook to be positioned, rotated.

Custom tied, made in the USA


Price: $6.25 
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White Mini Intruder Leech

Grabflies - White Mini Intruder Leech
 
A good bait fish imitation. Good for Steelhead, Browns, Sea-run Browns, Bull trout, Tierra del Fuego, Great Lakes, Lake Trout, Bass...

Tied with hook holder tubing - hook can be rotated up or down. Rabbit, Grizzly Saddle, Ostrich, Flashbou, Dubbing, Real Eyes.

Length: 2.5 Inches

Hook: Size 2 SSW Owner Hook

Custom tied, made in the USA


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Grapefruit Leech

Grapefruit Leech, Original design by Kevin Feenstra for the Muskegon River. This is Graflies' adaptation/version.

Designed for the Great Lakes Winter Steelhead Fishery, but works in the PNW also.
 
This version has purple Rabbit strip wing tail, purple under prop, black Marabou, large purple Mallard collar, three colors of flashabou, pink dub around eyes, chartreuse head dress.
 
Tied on a shank - one inch, with braid line running through hook holder tubing wrapped with purple tinsel. No hook fouling but still flexible for fighting a fish and casting.
 
Fly is 2.5 - 3 inches long
 
Size: 2 Owner Barbless, No Escape Hook 

Custom tied, made in the USA


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