Had the opportunity to sit and watch Eric Pettine tie some of his signature patterns a few weeks back.
Eric is a retired guide who spent many of his day and year rowing and guiding the fine waters of Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Now he has the opportunity to relax and enjoy a little family time and fishing. A signature fly-tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, Eric usually has several of his patterns in the catalog at any one time.
Watching him tie this "no name" pattern, I thought it looked beautiful and one that I must tie for the blog. Pen in hand for the recipe, materials eventually purchased and poof, her you go.
Eric Pettine Unconditional Steelhead Fly
Hook: Daiichi 2052, Sz: 1.5 -5
Thread: Black 70 UTC
Tail: Brown Hackle Fibers
Tag: Chartreuse Uni Floss
Rib: Flat Silver Small
Front Thorax: STS Trilobal Dubbing- Teal
Wing: Polar Bear (Substitute)
Collar: Purple Schlappen
Front Collar: Blue Doctor Guinea
Head: Black 70 UTC Thread