The Moose Ugly is a fly developed by "Moose" aka Lloyd, who is part of a great group of guys that have been fishing for Dean river chinooks for decades. These guys pioneered fly fishing for chinooks there. They all started with gear but eventually, with the re-birth of big spey rods started to see if they could catch them on a fly. They found out they could and now most of them fly fish most of the time. You will find them camped at Ross Island in the last weeks of June and into July. Lloyd, was bestowed with the nickname "Moose" because he hit like one when he played defense in junior hockey. The Moose Ugly is a tube fly that is primarily blue over chartreuse with a bit of flash. The ugly part is a tribute to Peter McVey, (whose black and red McVey Ugly is a great surface steelhead pattern for the upper river).
Moose Ugly, large about 3 inches
I tie them on 1 to 2 inch tubes either plastic or metal in various sizes. Smaller and less flashy for low, clear water.
This is a mini-moose, about 1 1/2 inches. I added Raven quills just for fun.
Here is a fish that bit the mini moose above in fairly clear water. This fish was taken at "Moose's Bucket" on Ross Island, where you will probably find Moose if he is on the river.
The mini moose will also work on steelhead, this one from the cutbank took the same fly.
Here is a Moose Ugly that Moose himself gave me on the last day of my trip this year. He ties them on a tube less than 1 inch long, blue over chartreuse maribou with a tail of chartreuse rabbit. A very nice fly that I will copy, he uses slightly blander colours than I do and these work well in clear water as well.
Another fly you should have in your arsenal is the BSD, which is large, purple and wiggly with a chartreuse laser wrap butt. This fly works very well if the visibility goes down to a couple of feet or less.
Finally, here is another very bright fish taken with a Moose Ugly from Moose's Bucket a few years ago. (I mean literally taken, we get to take a few home with us, they are very good eating). This was an extremely hot fish that heated up the drag disc quite a bit on the medieval setting. These fish are always moving through and are very fresh.