Great summer steelhead skater. A rigid hackle and deer hair underneath with doubled over foam lip means this fly will stay on the surface for the whole day. The small hotspot of tinsel at the back is a great target point for the fish as well.
About Chris George:
Growing up in the Yukon, Chris George spent many years fishing and exploring waterways with a fishing rod and canoe paddle in hand. Upon moving to Smithers, British Columbia in 2004, he noticed there were some amazing salmon rivers around. After a few seasons of catching salmon, the most violent fly take and arduous fight introduced him to the wonderful world of steelhead fishing. He’s been hooked ever since. Chris began guiding in 2010, becoming a part of the long tradition of guides at Frontier Farwest. He’s settled into the valley for good, with a river front house and a 6 month guiding season.
The art of fly tying has captivated him, and many days are spent sitting at his desk looking over the Bulkley River. “My favourite fish will alway be Steelhead because of the amazing surface action, especially dead drifted flies to insect eating, free rising steelhead. For me there is nothing more exciting than walking into a run and realizing there is a 10-15lb fish subtly taking bugs off the surface.” Steelhead aside, Chris spends months every year pursuing Chinook salmon on remote and coastal rivers in Northern BC. “The strength of those fish is pretty incredible! Its humbling to be spooled by a fish you know isn’t heavier than 20 pounds. I’ll be pursuing these fish for a long time to come.”