Sunset Steelhead Fly
According to Tony Sloane, the Sunset Fly was originally tied by his son Robert when only
a schoolboy. He used the colors of the Tasmanian sunset. The fly is popular for big trout
in Australia and New Zealand. According to Tony, the orange and yellow of the sky
contrasting with the black silhouettes of trees, hence the fly color. One thing that he
contends that we know for certain is that the brilliantly colored fly doesn't appear very
bright when it's submerged. The vivid orange and yellows of the fly become brown and
the deeper you fish it, the browner it becomes.
Although intended for large brown trout, and by the way it also works great for Great
Lakes brown trout that move into the rivers, it also works great for steelhead. Over the
last few years it has become a popular Great Lakes steelhead fly pattern. Although it
hasn't caught on as well on the Pacific Coast, we are betting it will also be a good fly in
the steelhead streams of the West Coast..
This fly should be fished on the swing. Although it may first appear to be a good off color
water or high water fly, it also works great for low water conditions. We think this is
because of the brownish tint it takes on when it's in the water.
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