Winter Red (Combs Winter Series)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2050 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville red, 3/0
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Fluorescent cerise hackle fibers
Body: Fluorescent cerise floss over flat silver tinsel
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
First Wing: Extending to the end of the tail, fluorescent cerise marabou over several strands of pearl Krystal Flash
Second Wing: Fluorescent cerise marabou
Throat: Fluorescent cerise marabou
Third Wing: Red marabou
Collar: Red hackle
Winter Red is one of the Trey Combs Winter Series flies that he writes about in his fine book, Steelhead Fly Fishing.
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.