Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Salmon, Size 4 to 6, Up to 1XLong
Tail: Scarlet Hackle Wisps
Ribbing: Claret Floss
Body: Flat Silver Tinsel
Hackle: Claret Saddle Hackle
Wings: Brown Turkey or Goose Quill Sections
This pattern is listed in Mel Marshall's, Steelhead, Copyright 1973 as one of the top two dozen Winter Steelhead flies to be counted on. He writes, that Montreal Silver is a variant of the original Montreal or Canada fly, which is tied with a Claret Floss body and Gold Tinsel rib. The original is credited to Sheriff Peter Cowan of Montreal and dates back to 1840 or 1850.