Steelhead [Salmon] Flesh Fly

In a previous post I mentioned I am gearing up for my first steelhead fly fishing trip on the Salmon River (NY). Having not done this before I naturally starting digging around to find out what flies I will need. A bunch of the Salmon River fishing reports I came across recommended egg patterns and flesh flies. Why?

Well, as I write this in early November, the Salmon are just about done spawning in the Salmon River and the steelhead are right on their tails sucking down salmon eggs and decaying salmon flesh. Makes sense.

What Is A Flesh Fly?

Good question. Fortunately, the guys at Alaska Fly Fish made this nice fly tying video tutorial to show us. Pretty simple one-material fly actually. All we need is a your favorite streamer hook and some ginger colored Rabbit Zonker Strips.

I’ll let you know how I make out with these bad boys when I get back.


About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.

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[…] video by Alaska Fly Fish is a follow-up to our post on how to make a flesh fly for steelhead fishing. If you recall, a salmon flesh fly can be made with a single material – […]