Yup, a shank
Contrary to many beliefs, I do tie and fish shanks ... why wouldn't I
This variation of the Cascade is a staple of mine. It was developed during a fall salar hunt one night at the tying table. I wanted a fly to sink, have a ton of movement, have fishy colours and a bit of glimmer and POP
Platform: Pictured is a 20mm waddington shank
Trailer hook: Partridge Salar tube hook #6, fastened with 25lb nylon coated braided wire
Body: Rear 2/3 - Gold Holographic braid, front 1/3 - Hot Orange Arctic Fox under fur, dubbed and formed into a dubbing ball
Underwing: Hot Orange Arctic Fox tail guard hairs with some under fur, tied in the "round". Over top of under fur is Krystal Flash or Mirage Flash (blue, purple, copper)
Overwing: Black marabou, one side stripped and use two turns only. Over top is a few strands of Pearl Mirage flash
Cheeks: JC Nails
Head: Black, but I often use a band of Hot Orange tying thread (a-la Carrie Stevens)
Since using this shank, I have added a Blue Cascade, Hot Pink Cascade and Purple Cascade variations. All have enticed both salar and steelhead into taking.
It is important to keep the materials sparse and flowing for maximum effectiveness. It's a great cold water pattern !!