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Johnson's Beach Fly 

Name Johnson's Beach Fly
Category Sea-Run Cutthroat
Hook GamakatsuSP22-3L3H or SS15, size 6-12
Thread Danville fluorescent orange, 6/0
Tail Sparse bunch of fluorescent orange calf tail
Rib Flat gold tinsel
Body Light fluorescent Spirit River Seal Dubbing, or Danville wool, brushed out
Collar Brown neck hackle, four turns
Wing White Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, or calf tail, length of body and tail, sparse


The pattern for this fly came from the fine book by Les Johnson, Fly-Fishing Coastal Cutthroat, Flies, Techniques, Conservation. He mentions in the book that he was trying to achieve the effect of a fly that was a lighter orange than the Polar Shrimp, or Thor and has had much success with it. Mr. Johnson believes that the orange of the body shows through the white wing when wet, giving it a translucent effect, that makes it highly visible but not gaudy. Read more about it in the book.

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