Trout fishers are often surprised the first time they get a look at the gaudy patterns that steelheaders throw. The Steelie Omelet is one such fly, looking like a Glo Bug wearing a sparkly feather boa. In this typically great video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, Tim shows just how easy it is to tie this pattern if you do your prep work beforehand. The way he spools the chenille is ingenious. Even if you don’t fish for steelhead, you’ll find this pattern useful for other trout species, especially in fall and winter.
Hook: Scud/pupa hook (here a Dai-Riki #135), sizes 10 through 14.
Thread: Fluorescent orange, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Body: Orange Pearl Chenille, Estaz, or Cactus Chenille, size medium.
Blood dot/yolk: Red Pearl Chenille, Estaz, or Cactus Chenille, size medium.
Tools: Large-tube bobbin, empty thread spool, 1X tippet material.
Note: Tie this pattern in any bright color combinations.