Hook: Daiichi #1530, sizes #14-#8
Thread: Danville, fluorescent red, 6/0
Body: For a size #10 hook, secure a piece of chartreuse Glo Bug Yarn and one piece of flame Glo Bug MicroYarn together just behind the hook eye. The exact thickness of the chartreuse Glo Bug Yarn piece used will vary according to the hook size (less for a smaller fly, more for a larger fly). Each piece is about 3 inches long, with the flame piece positioned on the top of the chartreuse. Working backward, starting just behind the hook eye, make three segments out of the yarn with the thread finishing at the bend. Next, take the thread and work forward, wrapping diagonally over each segment once (creating the scrambled eggs effect), and whip finishing at the eye. Cut surplus yarn at the hook eye and bend to form “head” and “tail”. The addition of flame Glo Bug Micro Yarn to this fly creates an appealing bloodline effect.
Comment: This fly is especially effective in high, stained-colored water and can be tied in a number of color combinations such as flame/steelhead orange, flame/baby pink and flame/egg.
When using a floating indicator it is often necessary to “fine tune” the drift of the fly depending on the water conditions (flow, clarity, depth and temperature). This is accomplished by adjusting the amount of split shot used, split shot to fly distance, floating indicator to fly distance, tippet size and floating indicator size. These slight changes can keep your fly drifting naturally (at or just above the stream bottom) resulting in more steelhead hook-ups.
More detailed information on fly drift technique is available in John Nagy’s book: Steelhead Guide, Fly Fishing Techniques and Strategies for Lake Erie Steelhead, 2nd edition.