Alec Jackson's Skykomish Sunrise

November 2010

                       Fly Pattern: Alec Jackson's Skykomish Sunrise
    Tyer's Name: Al Lee
    Date: Nov 1, 2010
    Fly Originator and History: Ken and George McLeod of Seattle originated this 
    pattern in 1936. The pattern was inspired by a sunrise on the Skykomish River. 
    It has become a standard steelhead pattern taking many record-sized fish. 

                                  How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line with a sinking leader. 
    Depth: Fish in low water, in seams and pockets. 
    Suggested retrieve: Down and across. 
    Comments: This lighter weight version of the Skykomish Sunrise should be used 
    for summer run steelhead, and cutthroats.

                                  Fly Material
    Hook size/make/length: #5 Alec Jackson standard wire Spey Hook, gold, #2055 
    Tag material: Flat silver tensile.  
    Thread size / color / type:  8/0 Fire Orange Uni-thread.
    Weighted? y/n: No.
    Tail material / size / color: Hen neck barbs, yellow and orange.
    Body material / color: Ostrich herl 'rope' formed with 1 or 2 yellow, plus 6 
    orange herls, and a strand of fine gold wire.  
    Hackle material / color: Hen neck, orange and yellow  
    Wing / material / color: White calf's tail.
    Head size / color:  Small, orange.

                                  Tying Instructions
    1. Tag. Wrap a silver tensile tag, about 3/8-inch long, starting from just above 
    the point of the hook. Tie off  the tensile and whip finish.

    2. Thread base. When laying down the base, make sure that you tie down the hook's 
    return loop. Lay down a thread base from the return loop to the tensile.

    3. Tail. The tail should extend from the end of the thread base to the end of 
    the hook.  Select some yellow and orange hen neck barbs, mix them up, and tie 
    them in.

    4. Chenille rope. Combine a strand of fine gold wire with 1 or 2 strands of 
    yellow, and 6 strands of orange ostrich herl. Wind the material in a counter-clockwise 
    direction until a chenille-like rope is formed.

    5. Body. Tie in the rope at the end of thread base and wrap forward to just 
    behind the eye-loop. (Save some room for the hackle and wing.) While wrapping 
    the rope, stroke the herl fibers toward the bend, so as to not trap the ostrich 
    chenille. Form a body that is shaped like a pumpkin seed (see the above illustration).

    6. Collar Hackle. Select 1 orange and 1 yellow hen neck feather. Strip one side 
    of each, then, behind the eye, tie in both hackles and wrap them 3 times. Tie  
    off the hackle. 

    7. Wing. The wing should extend from the eye to the end of the tail. Select 
    a small amount of calf's tail and tie-in  in front of the hackle.

    8. Head.  Form a small orange thread head, whip finish and glue.

        Rick Shadforth  Nov 11, 2010