Big Bird

Created by Mike St. John


Big Bird resembles a caddis pupa and is very useful on rivers such as the upper Rogue where summer steelhead feed on caddis pupa. On the other hand, I've seen this fly catch a lot of winter steelhead, too. In general, it works well anytime steelhead prefer a small, drab fly dead-drifted near the bottom.

How to Fish

Dead drift the fly near the river bottom.

HOOK: Teimco 5262, sizes 8-12


TAIL: Grizzly hen hackle fibers

RIB: Fine copper wire

BODY: Tan Haretron blended with small amount of orange Haretron for highlights

HACKLE: Grizzly hen saddle