Published Nov 13. 2017 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 15. 2017

Night Dancer

I'm pleased to share this video with our first guest fly tyer Dave Stewart from the website Wet Fly Swing (

Frank Amato is credited with creating the Night Dancer steelhead fly pattern primary for summer steelhead on the Deschutes River. Dave ties this fly on smaller steelhead and salmon irons and likes to keep the fly sparsely dressed for summer steelhead. Dave added black Krystal flash which was not included on the original fly pattern and believe a hint of flash is usually good on most steelhead flies. The Night Dancer can be a great comeback pattern after a steelhead has touched a first fly but not taken it. Try the Night Dancer to see if the fish will come to a more subtle fly.

Dave is launching the 30 day fly tying challenge and I've signed up. We'll be tying a fly every day and posting it on Instagram. You can join the challenge here

Night Dancer Steelhead Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Dai-Riki #899 Size #8
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Rib: Small oval silver tinsel
Body: Black yarn
Hackle: Dark purple schlappen
Underwing: Black Krystal Flash
Wing: Black calf tail

Here are Dave's links to his sites and social media
30day challenge:

You can check out the Chaddock I tied for Wet Fly Swing here

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