Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
September Sunset (Hairwing Variant)
Tied By Scott Howell

September Sunset (Hairwing Variant), Tied By Scott Howell
Name September Sunset (Hairwing Variant)
Category Steelhead
Hook Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi #2051 or #2059 Blue) Size #5 through #1.5
Tag Gun Metal Blue Twist and Pearl Mylar Tinsel
Tail Hot Pink Saddle Hackle fibers
Body 1/4 Pale Orange Floss or Pumpkin UniStretch, 1/4 Red-dyed Peacock Herl, 1/2 Ostrich Herl (3 parts Purple, 2 parts Red, 1 part Blue)
Collar(s) Burgundy Hen Hackle under KF Blue Guinea Fowl
Wing Red-dyed Squirrel Tail accented with a few strands of Salmon Pink Lite-Brite
HeadDanville Flymaster 6/0 Purple no-wax thread

September Sunset (Hairwing Variant) was tied by contributing fly tyer, Scott Howell. He has also tied a tube variation of this fly, (which see). See his notes about this fly below. Tube flies are beginning to see more popularity in the Northwest as tiers are finding them highly effective. You can see more of Scott Howell's flies at The Flies of Scott Howell.

SCOTT HOWELL'S NOTE(S): This colorful fly was the invention of John Smerlaglio of Maupin, Oregon - a well-known guide and contract tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. John's original 'Sunset', with it's elegant Spey-like profile and Golden Pheasant wing, has accounted for many Steelhead in the Deschutes Canyon area and is fast growing in popularity throughout the Northwest.