Comet

Uses

A classic steelhead fly, the Comet is good for probing cool, deep flows.

Variations

The body, tail, and hackle colors can be endlessly twiddled with. With a black tail, black body, and a silver rib, the fly becomes a Black Boss. Other common combinations: orange hackle/gold body/black tail; chartreuse

How to Fish

Traditional wet-fly swing or use with an indicator rig and dead drift the fly near the bottom. Or combine the two tactics and dead drift the fly upstream from you, then let it swing at the end of the drift.

HOOK: 1X heavy, standard shank, turned-up eye; e.g. TMC 7999 or equivalent. Sizes 2-6

THREAD: White

HEAD: Bead chain or lead eyes

TAIL: Orange calftail with orange Krystal Flash. The tail should about 25% longer than the body.

BODY: Silver diamond braid

HACKLE: Orange and yellow (one of each)

EYES: Tungsten or nickel eyes. Make it heavy.