Winter Series Winter's Hope (Combs)
Category: Winter Steelhead
Hook: Daiichi 2050 (Alec Jackson Spey) Size 3
Thread: Danville red, 3/0
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Orange hackle fibers
Body: Fluorescent orange floss over flat silver tinsel
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
First Wing: Yellow marabou, full
Second Wing: Orange marabou
Throat: Orange marabou
Third Wing: Orange marabou
Collar: Deep purple followed by kingfisher-blue hackle fibers
This variation of the well-known Winter's Hope 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.