Winter Purple (Combs)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2051 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville red, 3/0
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Purple marabou blood-plume fibers
Body: Purple floss over flat silver tinsel (I used flex floss for this fly)
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Underwing: 4 or 5 strands of pearl Krystal Flash
Hackle: Purple saddle
First Wing: Purple marabou plumes
Second Wing: Purple marabou plume
Third Wing: Purple marabou plume
Collar: Purple saddle
Winter Purple 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 the only Winter Series fly in the book that does not have a recipe listed, so I took an educated guess, by following the pattern for the other flies and by looking at the photo in the book.
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.