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Steelhead & Salmon Fly… Grau’s Tracer Bullet (fancy) by Walt Grau

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Steelhead & Salmon Fly… Grau’s Tracer Bullet (fancy) by Walt Grau

Walt Grau showed me this fly years ago, his answer to dirty water.  Walt’s original tracer bullet is simply a giant nuke egg, sometimes accented with a bit of flourescent tinsel — the fancy is my variation, though I can’t say that it fishes any better.  If you like spending extra time dressing up flies that would fish just as well without the improvements, then the fancy variation is for you.  We use a tube on this fly only because long egg yarn makes a tangled mess with the hook.

Best For… steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… salmon

 ***Materials listed in tying order

Hook… tube

Body… gold holographic tinsel

1st Over Wing… orange Glo Bugs yarn (The Bug Shop)

Under Wing… orange "Glow-in-the-dark" Flashabou (Hedron Inc.)

2nd Over Wing… chartreuse Glo Bugs yarn (The Bug Shop)

3rd Over Wing… green "Glow-in-the-dark" Flashabou (Hedron Inc.)

Head… flourescent thread

Note:  This fly is around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length.

Original Grau’s Tracer Bullet


Walt Grau, Spey Rod Outfitter and Guide Service

West Michigan Fishing Report for November 30th, 2009 — Fresh Michigan steelhead with the Thanksgiving rain!