The Fly du Jour has been proven on all sizes of rivers and over a wide range of water temperatures and conditions. It is one of the have-to-have flies no matter where you fish steelhead along the Pacific Rim. The pattern was an instant success when it was introduced in 1990. In the space of a couple of weeks, two different groups of clients who didn't know each other called it the Fly du Jour (fly of the day), and that is how it got its name.
The Fly du Jour may be the best of all the Deschutes summer steelhead flies for floating line fishing the majority of the season. Ninety percent of the season it is my point or dropper fly of choice. Just another purple and pink fly? Maybe; there are many. Purple and pink is a popular theme on the Deschutes with such patterns as Rick's Revenge, Silvey's Sno Cone, and the Freight Train. But the Fly du Jour is different because it uses a revolutionary material called Edge Bright for the orangish pink butt. Edge Bright is a material that gathers light through its broad side and amplifies it through its narrow edge. It is wrapped on the fly so that the rear edge of every wrap is exposed. Viewed from the rear, this butt literally glows. The effect is further enhanced with the butt surrounded by a halo of dark purple materials. Sorry to say that Edge is no longer made, and we only have enough to tie our own flies, and when they are gone...we don't know of any material that can take their place. The Fly du Jours in stock may be the last ever.
These Special Edition Fly du Jours are tied on Alec Jackson Nickel Plated Steelhead Iron hooks. This is a well proven fly, having been used for many years by our guide service. The Alec Jackson hook is noticeably heavier than the original TMC hook, which allows the fly to ride a little deeper in the water. The nickel plating increases the flash factor.
The Fly du Jour comes in #3 for winter fishing. Tie one on during your next trip to the coast.
Tying the Fly du Jour: