Tying Big Ugly Flies For Winter Steelhead
By Toby Trigger

Posted: October 24, 2015

I know, it’s elk season and deer season and everything else season in Montana but steelhead and Salmon are running up rivers in some parts of the west and I’m sitting here with all my hunting stuff packed tying flies.  I don’t have much time left since I’ll be hunting right into prime winter steelhead season.

I’ll take advantage and tie a few ugly flies I thought up – versions of classics like the green butt skunk and black squid have morphed on my fly tying table/office desk into creations like “Left Over Macaroni Salad” and “WTF Happened?”  Flies I know will catch steelhead this winter.  And I’m pretty sure the Big Horn River Browns will take a few too but we’ll have to wait and see.  In the mean time, it’s time to hunt and tie flies.  It’s just that time of year.  Good luck hunting and don’t forget to prepare for fishing after you’ve got your bull quartered.


Hook:  #6 streamer

Body: Hareline Dubbin Black wrapped with gold/silver tinsel

Hackle: Strung Saddle Hackle-Fluor Pink

Deer Body Hair Dyed Black

Butt: FL Chenille 4 Green

Directions for use:

Find a steelhead/salmon river and soak near the bottom on the end of a sinking fly line or under a bobber with conventional tackle by casting into moving water.





A Late Winter Steelhead Trigger Caught on the Salmon River in Idaho in February on a Black Squid Fly.