The key ingredients are pretty common—a strip of rabbit fur, a Krystal Flash skirt, and a dumbbell eye. But there are certain subtleties that really make this pattern one of the best-engineered streamers I've ever seen. For example, I like that the eye is moved a bit back in the fly and that the tail is a tad shorter (this is reinforced by my belief that big fish want to eat the whole fly, and it solves the short-strike issue without a stinger hook). The belly, you’ll also notice, is vertical to the hook, and the flash isn't overcooked. This gives more natural hues and hints in the fly, and increases its versatility as a minnow representation, much like a classic black nose dace, but with undulation. The fly was originally tied on a large gap Tiemco TMC 8089 size #10 hook, which is a good size to avoid having a fly like this fully inhaled, yet it’s strong enough to turn steelhead in moving currents without bending.