Winter Rose (Combs)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2050 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville red, 3/0
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Pink hackle fibers
Body: Fluorescent pink floss over flat silver tinsel
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
First Wing: Pink marabou over several strands of pink Krystal Flash
Second Wing: Pink marabou
Throat: Pink marabou
Third Wing: Deep rose-pink marabou
Collar: Magenta hackle fibers
Winter Rose 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.
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.