We are very pleased to announce that our good friend and fly tier extraordinaire, Sean Dahlquist, has agreed to tie some special patterns for the shop. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have an amazing tier that is willing to fill some bins in our fly shop (also available online)
Sean is one of the most accomplished fly tiers we have ever met at this early stage in life. His flies are impeccably tied and he is a traditionalist with materials, preferring to use real seals fur, polar bear, blue-eared pheasant, McNeese hooks, Lagartun tinsels and other premium materials for his creations.
Polar Shrimp Spey
Sean will have a chapter of his great flies and tying ability in the upcoming book that Dave McNeese is writing about Syd Glasso. Be sure to watch out for that book, it’s bound to be stunner.
Sean has also agreed to be the instructor of some fly tying classes here at the shop. Do not hesitate signing up for these classes. The spots are limited and will fill up quickly. Check out our Fly Tying Class page, or swing on by the shop to sign up.
Largartun products are back on our shelves and stocked with many unique colors and braids. An up to date selection will be available on our website soon! Available for in store pick up today. will be available on our website soon!
What exactly is “Intruder Prop Hackle?” We’ll it’s a hackle that “props-up” materials, giving you a larger shoulder.
A “shoulder” is basically just a bulky or compound collar, an integral part of the intruder, and the deliberately selected material used to give the shoulder it’s volume is the “prop.” Prop materials don’t allow a shoulder to “collapse” but rather hold shoulder mass when subject to river currents and tension. Simply put prop makes the fly appear bigger while maintaining the desired translucence.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a short summary and swim tank videos.
A few simple questions while evaluating Intruder Prop Hackle
1.) Does it simplify the tying process? Intruders are known for their time consuming construction. To be very blunt, Intruder Prop Hackle is by far one of the quickest ways to build up a large silhouette fly, or what we so commonly call, an “Intruder”. If you want to tie a large intruder under 10 minutes then intruder prop hackle might be just what your looking for!
Quick and stupid easy for the under 10 minute intruder. Shrimp pink prop hackle used in this fly.
2.) How to use it? After removing the fluff from the bottom of the feather simply tie it in either by the base or the tip of your feather, then wrap the hackle to achieve an upright leggy shoulder. Pretty easy. You can also strip one side of the feather for a sparser look when wrapped as a collar or used as a spey hackle.
3.) Cast-ability? This leggy material has less water retention than shoulders built either out of dense composite loops, densely spun Arctic Fox, EP brush, and other similar substances. Less water retention allows the angler to easily turn over larger flies. These larger, easy-to-cast flies are a common selection for any angler fishing less than ideal conditions (like this winter on the OP) because a bigger fly means a more visible fly, and a more visible fly means more grabs .
4.) Aesthetic appeal? Notably the translucent properties. The appeal of translucency is light refraction within the body of the fly, which allows more of the intended color to resonate within its large silhouette. To simplify; a solid or densely packed fly, no matter how UV enhanced it may be, will appear black or darkened from a fish’s view, whereas a true translucent fly (pink for this example) will remain pink from all points of view and angles of light. Intruder Prop Hackle does the job with less material mass. Another great property of this material is the movement the fibers have in the water. That’s why turkey flats and turkey tails make good spey hackle. They work well for the shrimpy or squidy tentacles, legs and feelers on any number of flies.
Kingtruder. Prop hackle helps to diminish casting weight thus allowing angler to cast bigger flies. Shrimp pink intruder prop hackle holds the shape of this fly, even when wet.
5.) Blending? No reason to give up composite loops. To gain a mean or stout shoulder, adding to, blending, or building up of a shoulder out of multiple materials allows for creative and effective designs. Due to it’s easy handling this prop hackle may blend nicely with your added accessories such as Krystal hackle, or spun arctic fox or Senyos Predator Wrap.
Most stems are 4 to 5 inches in length with working portion (at the top) 1 to 2 inches in length
6.) Characteristics? Most feathers are composed of long stout fibers, with the fibers ranging from 1/2 – 2 inches in length measured from stem to fiber tip. Really it’s just a larger, stouter fiber closely resembling that of stiffened schlappen. Where schlappen will often collapse under current pressure, this prop hackle will not.
1″ to 1.5″ fiber lengths measuring from tip of fiber to stem. Shrimp pink intruder prop hackle.
7.) Uses? Typical feather no more than 2-4 wraps on standard gauge intruder shank. – Supporting shoulder, or “prop” for material such as ostrich, rhea, arctic fox, temple dog, or any other junk you can slap onto a fly. Collars, or more specifically large collars as a substitute for schlappen, guinea etc. You can also double up the two feathers and wrap pinched together. This is a doubled up quick and easy hackle prop.
8.) Versatility? For summer time or low water proportions you may crush or mat down the fibers and crease the base of the fibers at the stem either by simply pinching aggressively or brushing the ever living crap out of it. This can release these grippy fibers from their rigid structure, they become more relaxed and ultimately subject to more movement from the current. This especially helps when making hackle for spey flies. We’ve have yet to tie trout streamers with this Intruder Prop Hackle but we’re brainstorming a few ideas for larger sculpins and big ugly streamers for those aggressive big boys. 9.) Summary: Intruder Prop Hackle does the job of “propping” for less material mass, weight and material variety. It hits hard on the quick and easy for the under 10min intruder challenge. Available at Waters West in a multitude of colors.
Intruder Prop hackle holds large shoulders such as this king intruder. And it allows the material to swim freely.
Tied in under 10 minutes. Intruder prop hackle can do the job for less.
Steelhead, Salmon, and trout flies of the Synthetic Era
Greg Senyo’s new hard cover book, insightful and creative.
If you’re a busy tier, and visit your local fly shop enough you might see the name Senyo whenever browsing or reading about some new hyped up tying product that just hit the shelves. Senyo Fusion Dub, Senyo Laser Dub, Senyo Predator Wrap, Senyo Senyo Senyo… What the heck is a Senyo?
Greg Senyo runs Steelhead Alley Outfitters and well known throughout the lower 48, Alaska and Canada for his proven flies as well as many unique synthetic material used to create such flies as the Predator Scandi, Flow Rider, Artificial intelligence, Slim Shady and many, many more.
Flies for Steelhead: Let’s be honest, throw on a 3 inch piece of black zonker strip, Gamakatsu size 2 octopus (maybe a little blue flashabou) and your fishing Olympic Peninsula steelhead. You don’t need to be a master tier or use the latest and greatest UV! HD! SENYO “new and improved” tying material to catch steelhead. To objectively contradict everything just said, swinging a fly that no other fish has seen can turn a zero to hero with one fly change. Be it size, color, weight, and even flash proportions all must be considered when fishing water everybody and their mother hit twice that day. Developing intelligent creative flies becomes necessary when attempting to meet a particular water condition while simultaneously providing a visual stimulation to ignite aggressive territorial instincts of such fish as Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon and other fish species such as trout or bass. Greg Senyo brilliantly highlights this in his book.
The Book: Other step by step fly tying books typically leave the reader confused on “how to” as said reader interprets few pictures to vaguely piece together what’s being depicted. In Fusion Fly Tying we found a few diagrams become a little vague or incomplete in their description, but thankfully, this book does an excellent overall delivering of careful attention to detail and commentary throughout the majority of the book. The high resolution pictures provide visual clues as to exact proportions and dimensions per material added. Located at the bottom of every picture step by step descriptions allow you to piece together the replica or perhaps tweak your own variation. All the while learning new materials and how one may implement such materials such as Senyos Predator Wrap, Dubbing, Senyos Waddington Shanks and a variety of flash and chenille.
Excellent step by step photos.
Trout and Bass Flies: Though Greg Senyo is best known for steelhead and salmon flies he does not forget to include some saltwater, bass and trout flies. In sore lip waters, passed over by hundreds of boats a week, chucking flies no other fish has seen becomes your saving grace! Even as one may simply browse through this book, glancing at a few of these patterns, inspiration quickly flows.
Hamster or trout fly? Guess it works for Browns!
Fly dimensions and proportions easy to understand.
Predator wrap: This product is making a sweep throughout the fly tying community from east coast to west coast, Waters West is selling more and more of this unique material all over the United States as well as out of country orders. Part of the Greg Senyo line by Hareline Dubbin, this product continues to inspire many applications for fresh and saltwater flies. Though titled Predator “Wrap” don’t let the name “wrap” limit its applications. You can palmer as it comes on the core or get creative and cut offa few chunks to throw it in a composite loop. Maybe add individual strands for lateral lines or speckled backs on baitfish. Really it comes down to what can you not do with your predator wrap.
Characteristics of Predator Wrap:
Some colors come with an Accent of just the right amount of fine fiber UV strands
Semi translucent composite material comes in barred, speckled and even clear
Total working length of all fibers are 4 inches in length which comes on a (approx.) 32 inch long braided core. This will last you many, many, many flies.
Comes in a multitude of colors
Strands seem to be stamped during the printing process to which adds their unique crinkle effect. Valued for those who seek to use predator wrap for building up shoulders or bodies with less material and less water retention. Bigger flies that hold little to no water during casting
Great contrasting properties
Well suited for large 3/0 saltwater flies down to sz. 12 trout flies, perhaps even smaller if one may find inspiration that predator wrap ignites.