Created by Ed Ward



HOOK SHANK: Waddington or similar hook shank. Or use 1X heavy, standard shank, turned-up eye; e.g. TMC 7999 or equivalent, and cut off hook at the bend


STINGER HOOK: "Intruder" wire for hook

EYES: Large dumbell eyes.

TAIL: White ostrich and pink holographic tinsel

REAR COLLAR: Pink chenille

REAR LEGS: Pink-and-black rubber legs

BODY: Pink thread overwrapped with white holographic tinsel, then palmered with white hackle

FRONT COLLAR: To match rear collar

WING: A few grizzly saddle hackle tips, then white ostrich herl, then pink holographic tinsel, then more pink-and-black rubber legs.

HEAD: White thread; whip finish and cement



Since its creation, the Intruder has become the darling of winter steelheading flies; any winter angler worth his or her salt will have a supply of them.



The Intruder has spawned a plethora of variations in color, size, and style, nearly all of which work to some degree. Popular color combinations include blue/black, orange, pink/orange, etc. A Mini Intruder is similar but smaller and less aggressive. Two variations, the Shrimptruder and Klamath Intruder, have their own pages.


How to Fish

Present with a traditional wet-fly swing.

Some anglers feel that the Intruder is a great big fish fly--in other words, if there is a willing big steelhead in the run, it will take the Intruder. On the other hand, these same anglers feel that smaller steelhead are less likely to take an Intruder. So if you're fishing with a buddy, one of you could go through the run first with an Intruder, then the other follows with a smaller, less aggressive fly.


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