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Signal Light

Name Signal Light
Category Steelhead
Hook UTE Salmon, Weighted with Lead(optional)
Tail Purple Hackle Fibers
Thread Black, 6/0 or 8/0
Rib Oval Silver Tinsel, Medium
Body Rear 1/4, Fire-Orange Wool; Next 1/4, Chartreuse Wool; Front 1/2,Black Chenille
Underwing A Couple Strands Each of Blue, Pearl, Lime, and Wine Krystal Flash, or several strands of Mulberry Krystal Flash
Wing Black Marabou
Collar Purple Saddle

This pattern was originated by Randall Kaufmann, and named after the signal lights of the Deschutes River railroad tracks. Vary the size according to conditions; big for big waters and big fish, small for smaller waters or smaller fish. Remember that purple and black flies offer good visibility under low-light conditions, so this is a good fly for off-colored water. Randall Kaufmann also suggests that flies be underdressed for summer steelhead fishing. For example, flies calling for chenille bodies can be dressed with dubbing instead to make thinner bodies and a buggier appearance. The bright rear section of two-part bodies can be tied in as a tag with an under wrap of silver tinsel, so it glows when it is wet. Reduce the amount of flash or use none at all. See Signal Light Spey for the Spey version of this fly.

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