Coal Car (Combs)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2051 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville black, 3/0
Tag: Flame floss over silver tinsel
Tail: Black marabou blood-plume fibers
Body: Black floss over flat silver tinsel
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Underwing: 4 or 5 strands of pearl Krystal Flash
Hackle: Black saddle
First Wing: Black marabou plumes
Second Wing: Black marabou plume
Third Wing: Black marabou plume
Collar: Black saddle
Coal Car is one of the Trey Combs Winter Series flies that he writes about in his fine book, Steelhead Fly Fishing and as noted to the introduction to the series in Salmonfly.Net. This is, of course, one of the traditional flies used for the series, modeled after Randall Kaufmann's fly. See William Lovelace tie of traditional Coal Car.
Notes: Trey Combs writes in Fly Fishing for Steelhead that the Winter Series flies are designed to sink well in deep pools, attract well in soft currents, but swim upright, without turning over in heavy tailouts. He ties the slim body with single strand floss over flat silver tinsel that causes it to glow when wet. Tie the bunches of marabou for the wings in three parts, each shorter then the one before with the butts covered by the collar.