Steelhead Fly… Morlock’s Pearl Jam Shrimp by Kevin Morlock
Years ago I guided a young couple on a tough April steelhead trip on the Pere Marquette River — lots of people and few fish. He had brought some of his own flies that he wanted to use, one was a pearl/white/pink shrimp pattern. If I remember we went two for two with both fish on his pearl shrimp. I’ve been trying different material combinations and styles for years trying to replicate that pattern. To be honest I really only have a vague idea what his fly looked like or if it was just a fluke that day. This spring I tested a new shrimp variation and it has worked great, I ended up naming it the Pearl jam Shrimp.
Best For… steelhead
***Materials listed in tying order
Hook… Mustad Signature C67S, size 6
Abdomen… Hareline Dubbin, Ice Dub UV Callibaetis
Back… 2-3 strands of peacock herl
Thorax… GlissenGloss, Estaz lights UV White