Silver Hilton (Peacock)
May 5, 2006
- 4-10 Mustad 7999
- Peacock Herl
- Oval Silver Tinsel
- Two broad grizzle hackles, splayed
This is a popular variation on the 1930′s steelhead pattern, the Silver Hilton. This traditional fly still works for steelheaders today.
How to fish:
You can fish this on a dead drift, or a traditional wetfly swing. It is particularly useful in low clear water.
The wing is tied by pairing the hackles convex sides innermost so the feathers splay slightly, and/or by setting them apart when you catch them in.
The original has a black chenille body with a flat silver rib and a tail of mallard flank.
Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead, 1992, Deke Meyer, Fank Amato Publications, ISBN 1-878175-10-6.