#59 – Kokanee Sunrise

#59 Kokanee Sunrise - Don Soar
#59 Kokanee Sunrise - Don Soar

Tied by: Don Soar
Originated by: Don Soar

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer 8xl
Thread: Black
Tag: Gold flat tinsel
Body: Red floss
Belly: Olive bucktail then white bucktail
Throat: White schlappen
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by orange hackle flanked by red hackle
Shoulder: Peacock body green
Eye: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: The Kokanee is a themed fly the Don tied after reading about them in Trout Magazine published by Trout Unlimited. He has done a superb job matching the colors of the spawning Kokanee to this streamer, and even before you know the name, this streamer screams SALMON! Don nailed it with the color combination of red, orange and yellow hackles. Kokanee salmon are essentially land locked Sockeye. For more info on the species, check out the Wiki entry.

Kokanee Salmon ©Graham Owen
Kokanee Salmon - Courtesy of Graham Owen

Photo: copyright Graham Owen http://www.grahamowengallery.com

Don Soar – Born and raised in central Massachusetts now living in Lancaster with my wife of twenty years Nancy. Fishing started young in life tagging along with my brothers. I took up fly fishing in the early 90’s. Ten years later I started tying flies. After meeting Mike Martinek Jr. at a local fly shop I was introduced to the dark side of fly tying, the long fly.
[visit Don’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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