Hook: Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi 2051) Size #7 through #3
Tip/Tag: Fine Gold Oval Tinsel
Body: Medium Pearl Mylar Tinsel
Rib: Fine Gold Oval Tinsel (optional)
Collar: Red Chinese Hen Hackle
Wing: Hot Orange Davy Wotton SLF (hanks) under Hot Orange Calf Tail
Head: Danville un-waxed 6/0 Fl/Fire Orange Flymaster thread
The Fall Favorite is one of the Steelhead flies considered a standard for fall and early winter fishing. Scott Howell's rendition adds a touch of sophistication and classiness while preserving the the look and function of the original fly pattern.
Scotty's Notes: This simple, yet very elegant, NW 'classic' was introduced around 1946 and was designed by Lloyd Silvius. It is tied in many variations and continues to be a popular pattern from California to Alaska. In this example, I've substituted the original silver (flat or embossed) tinsel with pearl mylar tinsel for the body, added a subtle rib, and used a 'composite' wing of mixed SLF hanks and calftail.
You can read about Scotty and see many more of his flies on his page on this site, Scotty Howell Flies.