Published Apr 16. 2017 - 7 months ago
Updated or edited May 17. 2017

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A highly effective Norwegian sea trout fly.

The hackle is a critical part of this fly. If you can't find the original Keough Saltwater Grizzly, you may want to look at saltwater saddles or on the back of dry fly necks, where there is often a good handful of large, long feathers perfect for this fly. Some saddles are a little webby, but can be used, but the best feathers are almost dry fly quality, finely barred, but still with long stems and barbs.

Originator: 
Christian Schanche
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Difficulty: 
Medium
Instruction: 
  1. Cover the shank with thread to the hook bend.
  2. Tie in the hackle, base first and trim stem.
  3. Wrap a few touching turns and tie down.
  4. Trim the hackle and save the remains for the next hackle.
  5. Press down the hackle and cover the butts with a few wraps to form a tail.
  6. Tie in eyes in the center of the rear half of the hook shank.
  7. Cover the base of the eyes and the rear half of the shank with red dubbing.
  8. Tie in the hackle, base first.
  9. Wrap again, tie down, trim and save remains.
  10. Dub the front half of the hook with light dubbing.
  11. Tie in the last bit of hackle, base first.
  12. Wrap a couple of turns, tie down and trim.
  13. Form a head, whip finish and varnish..
Species: 
Materials: 
Hook
Partridge CS 54 size 2.
Thread
UNI 6/0 red
Hackle
Keough Saltwater Grizzly (Grade #1)
Eyes
Bead chain eyes, medium black
Dubbing, front over eyes
Seal’s fur or angora goat, red
Dubbing, body
Seal’s fur or angora goat, natural white/cream
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