Created by Gordon Nash


This fly is a variation of the traditional Purple Peril with a Flashabou wing instead of squirrel tail. 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. An excellent pattern for western steelhead, it also has been used as attractor pattern for trout. Eight-pound rainbows have been known to gobble it up with confidence.

How to Fish

Traditional wet-fly swing. If the water temperature is below 52 degrees, consider using a sink-tip line with a 4-6 foot leader.

HOOK: Teimco 7999, sizes 2-8


TAIL: Purple hackle fibers

WING: Pearl Flashabou

RIB: Fine silver tinsel

BODY: Purple chenille

HACKLE: Purple