Created by Gordon Nash


This fly is a variation of the traditional Purple Peril with a Flashabou wing instead of squirrel tail. Hardly anyone fishes a Purple Peril anymore, but the Streetwalker continues to produce. Under the low light of dawn, dusk, or an overcast day in fall, it suggests a presence in the water, with just enough flash to be attractive but not so much that it puts the fish off.

How to Fish

Traditional wet-fly swing.



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HOOK: 1X heavy, standard shank, turned-up eye; e.g. TMC 7999 or equivalent. Sizes 2-8


TAIL: Purple hackle fibers

RIB: Fine silver tinsel

BODY: Purple chenille

HACKLE: Purple

WING: Pearl Flashabou