Winter Orange (Combs Winter Series)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2050 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville fluorescent orange, 3/0
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Orange hackle fibers
Body: Fluorescent orange floss over flat silver tinsel
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
First Wing: Orange marabou over several strands of orange Krystal Flash, full
Second Wing: Orange marabou
Throat: Orange marabou fibers
Third Wing: Red marabou, sparse
Collar: Red or rose-red hackle
Winter Orange is one of the Trey Combs Winter Series flies that he writes about in his fine book, Steelhead Fly Fishing. He notes that he has had excellent results with this fly tied with a wing of orange polar bear mask, so much so, he says that winter steelhead have come from considerable distance to hit the fly!
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.