Winter Series Skykomish Sunrise (Combs)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2050 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville red, 3/0
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Cerise and yellow hackle fibers
Body: Fluorescent cerise floss over flat silver tinsel
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
First Wing: White marabou over several strands of pearl Krystal Flash
Second Wing: White marabou
Throat: Fluorescent cerise marabou
Third Wing: Fluorescent cerise marabou and yellow marabou, half and half
Collar: Fluorescent cerise hackle fibers
Skykomish Sunrise 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 the colorful Skykomish Sunrise first introduced in the 1940's by Ken and George McLeod.
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.