February 6, 2018  

New Pattern:   The Stream Punk Goby Pattern

stream punk a goby fly pattern

This has become a favorite winter fly. Fish it deep and slow!

This is a fly that I have really grown to love.   It imitates the round goby, and is deadly for steelhead and warm water species in the summer.    I tie it on a shank and on a straight hook depending on the application and the type of water being fished.


Hook:  Size 1 straight eye 3XL hook (Daichi 2461) or 30-50mm shank

Wing 1:   A salmon or tan colored grizzly saddle feather.   A salmon colored hackle from a spey grizzly neck also works well.

Wing 2:  Gray-Olive select craft fur

Flash:   Magnum or saltwater white flashabou and cranberry holographic magnum flash

Wing 3:   A black tipped feather from the body of a ringneck pheasant

Hackle:  A large grizzly, brown, or tan saddle or schlappen  feather, wound and overwound tightly to form a makeshift head

Head:   Olive scud dub

Head 2:  Light Rainbow scud dub

Eyes:  Pearl or white large plastic bead chain or lead eyes as appropriate

Tying Steps are below…

Stream Punk fly top view

Top View of the Stream punk

How to tie:

  1.   Put a hook in the vise, move the thread to the front of the hook, and tie in eyes right in the front, leaving only enough room for a finishing knot.     If you are using a shank, tie in a loop to hold the hook.
  2. Tie in a tail of salmon or tan colored grizzly saddle or even better, spey neck hackle curving downward
  3. Tie in a wing of gray-olive select craft fur halfway up the hook.  Leave a rough tuft at the tie in point of this material to add bulk to the fly.
  4. Add flash on top of this, both white and cranberry
  5. Tie in the pheasant feather with a black spot on top of the fly curving down
  6. Heavily palmer a grizzly, tan, brown, etc. saddle hackle.    This will become part of the head so cram as many turns on the hook as possible.
  7. For a head, add a clump of olive scud dub and a clump of light rainbow scud dub.  Scud dub is good for the heads of gobies, sculpins, as well as the body of crayfish patterns.
  8. Finish the fly.

This is hopefully the result:

Muskegon River steelhead

Hopefully you will find a great steelhead with this pattern

Here is a link to the previous instructional fly pattern, the Inside Bender: