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Kalama Special

Name Kalama Special
Category Steelhead
Hook Mustad 36890, Size 4-8
Tail Scarlet Hackle Fibers
Body Yellow Wool Yarn Palmered With Golden Badger Hackle
Throat Golden Badger
Wing White Bucktail
Head Black

The Kalama Special was designed by Mooch Abrams of Portland OR. While it was intended as a fly for Cutthroats, renowned angler Mike Kennedy fished it extensively (and very successfully) for Steelhead on the famed Kalama river. This bright Northwest 'classic' is still an effective pattern for just about any water and light conditions.

Also take a look at the version of the Kalama Special tied by Scotty Howell.



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