September Sunset (Hairwing Variant)
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
Head: Danville Flymaster 6/0 Purple no-wax thread
September Sunset (Hairwing Variant) was tied by contributing fly tyer, the late 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.
Scotty's Notes: 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.
You can read about Scotty and see many more of his flies on his page on this site, Scotty Howell Flies.