Pick 'Yer Pocket Steelhead Flies
Brian Kite guided in Alaska and Northern Washington. He says, "My steelhead roots have strong ties to the Skagit Style of fishing; short heads and big flies. The Pick-Yer-Pocket was developed and somewhat plagiarized from the now famous "Intruder" style of flies originated in the region. We have been tying these flies for years, often experimenting with different types of materials in search of the "perfect swim." A major challenge with big flies is the difficult marriage between size versus weight, i.e., the bigger the fly, the heavier it is, causing a lot of grief on the river when casting. The great thing about the Pick-Yer-Pocket is that it carries a big presence in the water, gets down deep but does not carry a lot of weight resistance when casting. The segmentation of the rear and front sections of the fly separated by the body gives the fly a different look throughout the swing, and the use of the long saddles and Amherst pheasant tail feather fibers establish that tasty silhouette in the water."
Fish these flies with classic swing methods. Flies of this nature cast easier with two-hand rods than single hand rods. As long as you are making nice straight casts and controlling the swing speed, the fly will do all of the work. The machined brass eyes incorporated in these patterns give them the sink rate to be effective in most current speeds and depths. A key to making this fly demand attention in the water is the exact placement of the various layers of life breathing materials. Over dressing the fly will cause materials to mat together and not swim properly. The key with this style of fly is allowing the sparsely tied materials do the work in the water. These flies have a definite squid-like look in the water. The Pick-Yer-Pocket is a great fly for year round steelhead fishing, and like the name suggests, you can feel confident fishing it behind someone in the river!!