Purple Peril Hairwing
Tied by Richard Lane* for Steelhead
Originator: Ken McLeod.
Hook: TMC 7999, Mustad 36890, sizes 2/0 - 8, Bartleet Traditional
Salmon fly hook size 6 shown.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Tail: Purple hackle fibers.
Rib: Fine oval silver tinsel.
Body: Purple wool, thin.
Hackle: Purple hackle, soft.
Wing: Red fox squirrel tail.
Optional cheeks: Jungle cock eyes.
I fish this on a greased line (Dry Line) with a 9 to 12 foot leader
fished across and down. Hold, then stripped in fast. This is another
favorite pattern for me and it produces well for me. I sometimes
change the wing to a silver squirrel tail to give it a different look.
*About Richard Lane
Born on January 8, 1944 on the Yakama Indian Reservation in a two room shank
on Toppennish Ridge. I am ½ Klickatat/Cowlitz Indian and the rest is
Irish, German and Dutch. I grew up on the Reservation and Oregon State in
various parts. As long as I can remember I had a fishing rod of some type in
my hands. At the age of 11, I went to work for my Uncle Ed as a commercial
fisherman out of Pacific City, Oregon. I worked for my Uncle till the other
"Uncle" sent for me. Then it was a free paid vacation to SE Asia for a few
After returning home from the war I tried the collage thing at UCLA
for 2 yrs. At which time a friend offered me a chance to "go fishin," I
thought that we were going locally, but no, we went to Alaska instead. I
fell in love with the great state and never looked back. While fishing in
Alaska another friend got me started using the long rod again so here I am
today fly fishing where ever and when ever I get the chance. I have been in
the commercial fishing industry for about 30 years and a fisherman my whole
life. Today I am a Licensed Master Plumber in 11 states, I also hold a USCG
500 ton All Oceans Masters License, 1600 ton 1st Mate, 3rd Mate Unlimited
and a 10,000 hp Chief Engineers License. Oh, I almost forgot I have been
full time fly fishing since 1988 and been a guide in Western Alaska on and
off since 1991.
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