steelhead prawn fly

Steelhead Prawn Fly Tying Video

Do steelhead eat prawns when in the ocean? There’s a pretty good chance they do. The one argument comes from that steelhead general don’t swim deep when in the chuck, while prawns are usually in the dark depths near the sea floor. Anglers who fish bait generally find success when fish prawns. We don’t mess with bait, but we love swinging steelhead prawn fly patterns!

Tying an effective steelhead prawn fly just takes a little bit of imagination. The Rusty Prawn steelhead fly that I’m tying in our latest fly tying video is one that I have found success with over the years. As it is unweighed, it proves to be a great fly for low water conditions.

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Below you’ll find our latest fly tying video for this version of this steelhead prawn fly. I tried to make the video to focus on handling materials with a few little personal tips I like to use when tying flies. Hope you get something out of it.

Here’s the Rusty Prawn steelhead fly tying video, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel or leave a comment on the video…

First off, the materials you’ll need to tie the “Rusted Prawn” steelhead fly include:

        • Pro Sportfisher Tube or preferred tube
        • Orange thread
        • Orange Arctic Fox
        • Orange Krystal Flash
        • Grizzly Hackle (optional)
        • Prawn Eyes
        • Orange Barred Schlappen
        • Pheasant Rump
        • Orange Krystal Hackle
        • Rubber Legs (optional)
        • Orange Ostrich


Missing something?! Not a worry. Prawn flies are all about imagination. My hope with this pattern is to help with some fundamentals of building a prawn fly pattern.

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About the Author

Yos Gladstone is the owner operator of Chromer Sport Fishing, a guiding company and booking agency based in British Columbia, Canada. A full-time salmon & steelhead guide, Yos spends 200+ days a year on the water fishing, guiding and hosting trips.

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