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Sunday, December 11, 2011

YSF Salmon Slayer (Red)

"YSF Salmon Slayer (Red)" was designed by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. While fly fishing for salmon in Kodiac Alaska in 2002, I decided to try my hand at a few salmon fly designs. Basically, hungry migrating salmon will eat almost anything that is bright and shiny including red hooks with nothing on them. This pattern I found to be more effective than most and uses the aluminum tape shield biproduct from the YSF Forever Strike Indicator. In that post, I mentioned never tossing anything that could be used as a fly tying material.

Here the body base is made from some old chenille I had in my box which I had found not to be very durable in the past. But since it is covered by the aluminum tape, it works perfectly. You can also use dubbing for the body undercoat if you wish. I add ultra-micro chenille as ribs because it gives to the fly a little "wobble" in the water while stripping which adds to the "alive" action of the streamer. You can actually use this trick over other materials as well such as mylar piping and tinsel as well. Tie up a couple of YSF Salmon Slayers for some great Idaho fly fishing.

Tail is red dyed white-tail hair.
The hook is a 1-0 and the underwrap red thread.

Tie in the ultra-micro chenille (red) first,
then add the body undercoating full length.

Add the aluminum tape around body undercoat, then
wrap the ultra-micro chenille tightly to eye.

Add red dyed white-tail hair as wing, whip head,
a few half hitches, head cement and you're done! 

This is a great salmon, steelhead fly with a lot of action for fast, hard takes. It is also very durable and it will provide multiple fish before biting the dust.

If you have personal fly patterns which you would like to share with our readers, please let us know. You can either do a free post here or I will do for you. Contact me YellowStoneFly any time. Have a great time fly fishing Idaho. Let us know what you catch. PS-The YSF Salmon Slayer can be tied in multiple colors and makes a great wintertime streamer.


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