Anybody that has been tying intruder style flies for any length of time knows just how difficult it can be to get "good" ostrich. I can assure you you this ostrich is the "real deal". Many people advertise "hand picked" ostrich and I am not really sure what that means. But, I doubt it means the seller has actually driven 250 miles to the supplier to spend an entire day sorting thru feathers one by one to insure only the best quality. I guarantee I won't sell a single feather that I personally wouldn't buy and I'm picky! Note our standard ostrich plumes are 8-12" long. We offer the same quality plumes in a large 12-16" length.
Whether it's combining colors or just keeping it simple, our single color options can be the framework for any rubber legged critter. When designing the different series of Steelie Legs, we made a special effort in coordinating the color options. The single color options match up perfectly with the fire tip series making it possible to mix and match. Click on "learn more" icon and scroll down for view of color options.
The Disco Series is our newest option of Steely Legs and its name says it all. Nearly impossible to explain, they have to be seen to be appreciated. We initially are offering only two color options: black topped with a pattern of purple sheen and blue topped with the same purple. These are brand new and yet to be tested for steelhead but early reports from the ones we sent north to Alaska for kings are hot! Click on "learn more" icon and scroll down for view of color options.
It was the fire tip series that first attracted me to using rubber legs in my steelhead patterns. Having a distinct color contrast at the tail of my fly was a cool option the silicone offered. Black with blue fire tips - are you kidding me? How do you get any fishier than that? Maybe by tossing a little flake into the mix and that is exactly what we've done. When creating this series, we simply asked ourselves "what are great steelhead color combinations?" We started with our single color options and tried to make them fishier by complimenting them with suitable tip colors. Click on "learn more" icon and scroll down for view of color options.
The jointed Steely Legs are exactly that. The black banded pattern on this series of legs give them a natural "leggy" appearance. Unlike the other rubber legs on the market, the black bands on our legs have a random pattern and don't simply look like a striped zebra fly in the water. If you're after a real "buggy" look, this series is the answer. In the future, we are excited about increasing the number of color options in this series. Stay tuned for some new exciting colors coming soon! Click on "learn more" icon and scroll down for view of color options.
It was the flies tied with this series of legs that sparked the image that named the Squidro pattern. The Ocean Food Series of legs have a real natural look and are done in colors that just scream "sea food". The pink, orange, and pearl are all great options for tying squid-like patterns. This is my "go to" series when I am fishing low in a river system where feeding on squid is still fresh on the fish's mind. Click on "learn more" icon and scroll down for view of color options.
Along the Intruder's evolutionary path, the fly has taken on all kinds of shapes and sizes. They have been dressed up in just about every material imaginable! They have also been tied on a number of different platforms, from cut off hook shanks, to bended piano wire, to spinner wire, and now even tubes. For a time, many of us had settled on the old 4/0 Mustad 3680s as the ultimate shank. They were long enough to provide enough shank to tie our large critters on and heavy enough to help the fly ride low without tons of added weight. The also had a long flat eye return that gave a great base when lashing on lead eyes. But as is the case with just about everything good on the market, it was discontinued shortly after we had settled on this being the ultimate Intruder Shank! Since that time, I have never found another hook that provided me with the necessary length and same heavy wire platform. And even if I had, I am sure I am not the only one that thought it was crazy to have to take a perfectly good hook and cut the bend off it to simply get a shank. So, that being said, we have now created the ultimate platform to build intruders on! Our Steely Shanks were designed specifically for tying Intruder style flies! They are a gloss black finish and come in a variety of different lengths. Also note, many of our customers are finding that these shanks lend themselves perfectly to leeches and other articulated flies!
These shanks were specifically designed to work with the Steely Cone system. A cone causes the fly to swim funny as it rests against an up eyed "salmon" style shank. The Cone Series Steely Shanks have a smaller straight eye that rides true when a cone is fished in front of them.
Steelycoon is the best polar bear substitute I have found for forming the collars of intruders. Far superior to arctic fox, this special coon is actually stiff enough to provide the structural support for the fly to maintain its shape even in stiff flows. At the same time, our coon is not so stiff that it makes spinning it in a dubbing loop difficult. And, surprisingly enough, the hair fibers have that same iridescent / translucent quality that makes polar bear so sexy in the water. Equally as important, the hair is not hollow like deer or other collar options so your fly can sink quickly without the restraints of a life vest. We offer it in a variety of colors to match up with any pattern.
Our Steelydub is simply the best seal fur substitue out there. It has seal fur's same natural sheen and buggy look that you just can't achieve with synthetic materials. It's friendly to work with and easilly cut to a variety of different lengths to suit any size fly. Our dubbing comes in a variety of different color schemes of which some are exclusive to the Steelydub product.