Published Jan 4. 2014 - 10 years ago
Updated or edited May 6. 2019

DeFrank's Grim Reaper Variant

In this fly tying tutorial, I show the steps to tie a fantastic fly for steelhead, known as "DeFrank's Grim Reaper." Originally tied for the Great Lakes region (specifically tributaries of Lake Erie) and the steelhead within, this pattern is useful for a number of species, and is a "go-to" for many fly fishermen.

I call this a variant because I have modified this pattern from its original design, which can be found: I believe that both patterns are effective, and challenge you to make any additional modifications to add to the pattern's ability to catch fish.

Utilized in this tutorial are the S402BL hooks from Allen Fly Fishing. These are excellent hooks that can easily hold a steelhead, thus ones I recommend for this pattern. Feel free to check out these and more here:

Thanks for viewing this fly tying tutorial for DeFrank's Grim Reaper "Variant." Feel free to leave any comments/questions directly on this YouTube page, or email me:

Tim Cammisa

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