#268 – High Roller

#268 High Roller - Don Bastian
#268 High Roller – Don Bastian

Tied by: Don Bastian
Originated by: Don Bastian
Source: Forgotten Flies 1999, Schmookler & Sils – Pg. 445

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook 6xl #1
Thread: Black
Tail: Barred wood duck
Butt: Black ostrich herl
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Ribbing: Fine gold oval tinsel
Belly: Yellow bucktail
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: 4 dark olive hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant body
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: The High Roller has some heavy hitting colors when it comes to fishing landlocked salmon. The dark olive color has been a proven choice as seen in several other proven patterns included in the project. The original prototype included peacock herl in the belly and used a marabou wing rather than the hackle wing seen here. The yellow hackle on the throat is a recent addition. Don tells us that the first day he used the High Roller, back in 1998 on the Roach River in Maine, he recorded over a dozen landloacked salmon and several trout. It has consistently been producing happy anglers ever since.

Don BastianDon Bastian – Don was born and has lived in Pennsylvania all his life. He started fishing at about the same time he learned to walk. He has been tying flies and fly fishing since 1964. He has taught fly tying classes since 1987, has 16 years guiding experience, and has been operating his business, Bastian’s Angling Specialties since 1983.
Don Bastian Wet Flies | Don’s MyFlies.com profile
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  1. Hi Jim, Kelly, & Scott;
    Thanks for your comment and appreciate of this pattern. Scott, I caught trout and salmon in the Roach River with it…try it up there! Thanks again everyone!

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