Wednesday, April 12, 2017



Hook: Salmon/steelhead style
Thread: Olive
Tag: Copper wire
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Ribbing: Copper wire
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle collar: Grizzly
Wing: Red fox squirrel tail


The Prism was first tied by Mark Bachmann in the early eighties.  He designed it to be an unobtrusive pattern for low, clear water.  However, during the time period mentioned here, the water was medium level with visibility that averaged four to six feet. This is normal October conditions for the Deschutes during good years.  In October, many summer steelhead have been away from the Ocean feeding-grounds for several months.  They start to forget about the brightly colored marine organisms that nurtured them there, and begin to turn "trouty" in their behavior, looking for things with more freshwater coloration. The Prism turned the trick. Several very large steelhead have been taken on this pattern.  It has proven itself very useful as a come-back fly, after steelhead have risen to, but have refused a brighter colored fly.

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