Skykomish Sunrise

February, 2009

                               Fly Pattern: Skykomish Sunrise
                    Tyer's Name: Joe Hudon             Email: see roster 
                    Date: February 2, 2009             Phone: see roster       

    Fly Originator and History: Ken and George McLeod of Seattle originated this 
    pattern in the 1940's. 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 deep, but above the structure.
    Suggested retrieve: Quick retrieve
    Comments: The fly should be tied heavier for winter-run steelhead (as shown above), 
    and more sparse for low water conditions.

                               Fly Material
    Hook: make /size / length: Limerick #6, Mustad 31022d6/0, black.
    Thread: size / color /type: 6/0, black.
    Weighted? y/n / size / # of wraps: No.
    Tail material / size / color: Red and yellow hen's cape fibers. 
    Body material /size /color: Chenille, large, red. 
    Ribbing size / color: Medium flat silver tinsel.
    Thorax size / color: None.
    Wing size / color: Polar bear or calf's tail. 
    Hackle size / color: Red and yellow hen's cape.
    Cheeks: Jungle cock, or starling nails.
    Head size / color: Small, black. Use black Hard As Nails to finish the head.
    Option: The cheeks are optional, but they do add a nice flair to the fly.

                               Tying Steps
    1. Thread base. Lay down a thread base from behind the eye to a point just above 
    the barb.
    2. Tail. Making red the predominant color, tie in some red and yellow hen's fibers. 
    The fibers should extend about 2/3 of the shank's length beyond the bend of the hook.
    3. Body. Above the barb, tie in a strand of silver tinsel, and then a strand 
    of red chenille. Wind the thread forward to about the 1/4 point. Then wrap the 
    chenille forward and secure with the thread.
    4. Counter-wrap the tinsel forward and secure it with the thread.
    5. Hackle. Select a red and yellow hackle. The fibers should be about a shank's length.
    Take each of the feathers and stroke the barbs so that they are perpendicular to the 
    stem of the feather. Tie in the red hackle and then the yellow one. 
    6. Wet fly collar. Give the yellow hackle 3 wraps and secure it with the thread. 
    Wrap the red hackle on top of the yellow one, again 3 wraps. Note that red should be 
    the predominant color of the hackle. 
    7. Wing. Tie in a small bundle of polar bear or calf's tail. The wing should extend to the 
    end of the tail. 
    8. Cheeks. Tie in a jungle cock or starling nail on each side, as show in the photo above.
    9. Head. Create a small head and whip finish. Give the head a couple of coats of Hard As 
     	 			Rick Shadforth 02/05/09