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    This large steelhead was landed with a pink Dirk Wiggler

    Jon Hazlett says:

    I'll never forget the first time I saw an Intruder. I was running the fly shop that used to be in the Ashland Outdoor Store. Mike McCune came down to teach a Spey clinic for us. That weekend, while hanging out at my house, he opened one of his fly boxes. I had never seen such a thing. He had a stable of flies up to 5 inches long. And they were awesome!

    He referred to them as Intruders. He gave me a brief tutorial on design, function, and rigging. Mike, being the humble guy he is, gave credit to his buddy Ed Ward. That was the first time I ever saw an Intruder. That is also my formal introduction to the turkey flat, in the form of some custom dyed feathers from Mike. That is when it all changed for me.

    Needless to say, I hit the vise pretty hard after that. I made my best attempts at Intruder-esque bugs. Soon they started popping up everywhere. It was the start of the "big fly" movement.

    I started experimenting with other patterns that embodied the design functions of the Intruder: a good profile, low bulk, and good movement. That is when the Dirk Wiggler came about. I needed a fly that had those characteristics, was easy to tie, durable, and easy to cast. Part of my inspiration for the Dirk Wiggler were bass spinner baits, which have a rubber skirt and lots of wiggle. Instead of rubber legs, the Dirk Wiggler features Flex Floss which is supported by a big dubbing ball and a palmered turkey flat. Throw in some marabou and flashabou, and you have a squid-like critter that delivers a ton of movement in slow water, maintains it's shape and pulsates in faster water, and just plain fishes. The Dirk Wiggler is a proven steelhead fly that has taken fish from NorCal to BC. Kings, Silvers and Alaska Rainbows can't resist it either.