Every once in a while we like to run step by step tying instructions for some of our favorite patterns at our lodges, and judging by your comments, you like them too!
Because of this, we ran a post earlier this month asking what fly patterns you want us to tie on our blog. The resounding request was for more steelhead flies. So, today we’re coming at you with a modern take on a classic Atlantic salmon pattern that has proven to be extremely effective throughout the year for steelhead and pacific salmon alike, courtesy of Stuart Foxall.
You’re going to want some of these in your box, trust us on this one.
The Steelie Pot Bellied Pig – Tying Instructions
The pot bellied pig was a fly that I tied without ever having been steelhead fishing. I wanted a fly that I had confidence with (I’d always done really well with the traditional pot bellied pig for Atlantic salmon), so I decided to tie some in colors that “should” work for steelhead. Let’s just say it worked far better than I could have ever hoped, hooking 7 steelhead on my first day! Ever since, it’s been my go-to fly for Pacific fish.
Here’s how to tie the Steelie Pot Bellied Pig.
This is how many I like to have in my box as they really are my go-to fly for Pacific fish. They’ve caught monster kings, chrome chum, amazing coho and of course, ass-kicking steelhead.
It’s a pretty quick fly to tie and very light in weight. In other words, it’s really easy to cast on any line. If the water goes high and colored, no problem! Just put two tubes onto your leader, giving you a larger fly with a bigger profile.