Claret or wine colored flies have had a place in the color spectrum of anglers around the globe. I first started noticing the effective nature of this color about nine years ago. I had two different groups at different times throughout the summer steelhead season that were doing rather well. The first fished a classic Irish pattern called the "Irishman's Claret." This simple but eye catching fly seemed to shine, even when fishing was tough. The other group had an adaptation of a "Fiddle D," a very popular steelhead fly at the end of the last century.
After seeing how many fish these groups consistently brought to their flies, I saw the need for a few claret flies in my box. As a tyer, I kind of combined the two patterns. I can honestly tell you when times are tough and my clients start getting fly anxiety, I go with the flow and trust my choices.... and I trust this one. You will too.