Winters Hope

June 2010

                             
                                  Fly Pattern: Winters Hope

                          Tyer's Name: Bill McMillan   
                          Date: June 7, 2010          

    Fly Originator and History:  This winter steelhead pattern was developed in 
    1970 by Bill McMillan. The fly that Bill tied has an articulated hook, using 
    a Cotter key (for added weight), with a trailing steelhead hook.
    
                                   How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Dry line with a mono or fluorocarbon leader 
    Depth range: On the bottom.
    Suggested retrieve: Across and down - cast across the river and let the current 
    carry the fly down stream
    Comments: 

                                   Fly Material
    Hook make /size / length: 
	1/0 Gamakatsu salmon hook,  T10-6H or equivalent
	3/32 X 1 1/2" stainless steel Cotter key.
	25-30lb. clear Maxima monofilament  
    Thread: size / color / type:  6/0 Orange Uni Thread.
    Weighted? y/n: No.
    Body material / color: Thread.
    Beard: Marabou, purple and turquoise.
    Wing: Ostrich herl, yellow and orange, Flashabou or Crystal Flash, green/ gold
    Head size / color:  Small head, orange
    Other: 

                                   Tying Steps
    1. Bend the eye of the Cotter key, shaping it similarly to a down-eye of a 
    fish hook. 

    2. Loop about 4to 4-1/2 inches of mono through the eye of the hook, then lay 
    the two strands of mono along the split of the key. There should be about 
    1/2-inch of mono separating the hook and the key.  Lash down the mono at the 
    front and rear of the key. 

    Note: All of the fly materials are tied on the Cotter Key. 

    3. Beard. The beard should extend to the point of the hook. Tie in the turquoise 
    marabou and then the purple to the bottom of the key.

    4. Wing. The wing should extent to beyond the bend of the hook. Tie in the 
    yellow and then the orange ostrich herl to the top of the key.

    5. Add about 4 strands of  Flashabou (durable) or Crystal Flash (prettier) to 
    the wing.

    6. Whip finish and cement.

        Rick Shadforth 06/22/10