Skykomish Sunrise

August 2011

                               Fly Pattern: Skykomish Sunrise

              Tyer's Name: Dr. Nancy Messmer
              Date: August 1, 2011

    Fly Originator and History: George McCleod tied this fly in the mid-thirties 
    in response to his father, Ken's, request to tie a fly to match a beautiful 
    sunrise they viewed together on a trip to fish the Skykomish River. It is a 
    standard steelhead fly, fished in the winter and summer. It can be tied as a 
    wet or dry fly.
    How the Fly is Fished: Wet or dry, this one is wet.
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line with sinking leader, or sinking line, 
    or with sink tip.
    Depth range: Swing in surface film or fish deep.
    Suggested retrieve: Across and down, with meds to allow greater depth.
    Comments: Works in small and large sizes, from #4 up to 2/0, in freshwater or saltwater.                                                       

                                        Fly Material
    Hook size /length / make: 1/0 steelhead hook, eye down. (Mustad-Sproat. 3399A, 
    small ball-eye bronzed special).
    Thread size / color / type: 6/0 Uni thread. Usually red, but often tied with white or black.
    Weighted y/n / size: No.
    Tag material:  Flat silver tinsel (George uses metal tinsel).
    Tail material / size / color: Red and yellow Chinese saddle hackle feathers mixed.
    Body material / size/ color: Large red chenille.  
    Ribbing size/ color: Flat silver tinsel. 
    Wing material / color: Originally polar bear.  Now we use white bucktail, calf's 
    tail, or mountain goat.
    Hackle material/ size/color:  1 Red and 1 Yellow Chinese saddle hackle feather, 
    barbs about as long as the body. 
    Head: Small head with red thread

                    Tying Steps (Synthesis from George McCleod, John Gort, and Al Lee)
    1. Starting half-way on hook, tie in tinsel and wrap back onto the hook to make 
    a tag end. Wrap forward to just above hook and clip.

    2. Tie red thread forward to 1/4 body length from eye and back to tail.

    3. Tail. Select a bunch of yellow hackle barbs about length of body.  Tie these in.  
    Repeat for red hackle barbs.

    4. Body. Tie in red chenille at the bend. Tie in piece of tinsel one 
    wrap forward of the chenille. Wrap chenille toward the eye, wrapping  away from 

    5. Wrap tinsel over chenille, wrapping evenly toward yourself.

    6. Hackle. Select a red and yellow feather having barbs about as long as the 
    chenille body. The portion of the hackle feathers to be wrapped should also 
    be about as long as the body. 

    7. Preen the barbs so that they are perpendicular to the stem, then strip the 
    barbs from one side of each feather, leaving one-sided hackles to wrap.

    8. Tie in the yellow feather just in front of the chenille body and clip off 
    the tip. Repeat with the red feather, tying it in on top of the yellow feather.

    9. Wrap both hackles foreward (toward the eye), giving them about 3 or 4 tight 
    wraps. Tie off.

    10. Wing. Tie on the white wing. It should be bushy and as long as the body. 

    11. Whip finish head. Glue with "Hard as Nails".

    12. Brush out with toothbrush. Enjoy fishing!

                 N.Messmer / R. Shadforth 08/06/11