The squidro steelhead fly
The Latest Creation from the Tying Bench of Scott Howell
April 20, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Scott Howell’s new steelhead fly pattern, the Squidro, is now available
for purchase exclusively at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
. Swinging for steelhead will never be the same.
Tirelessly tinkering with ways to catch more
steelhead on the swing, Scott Howell has taken the proven intruder fly
pattern and incorporated new materials that bring the best out of the
intruder design. The result is the Squidro - a resilient fly that
offers more fish-catching options to the steelhead angler, regardless of
the fishing conditions.
One of the primary figures in the so-called 'Skagit Revolution', Scott Howell has been in on almost every important innovation
in the recent history of Pacific steelhead fly fishing. Whether cutting saltwater fly lines
to cast on heavy Scottish rods in the 1980s, leading American anglers into remote Kamchatka in the early 1990s, or developing the Intruder fly with Ed Ward and Jerry French
, Scott has consistently found himself on the leading edge of innovative steelheading.
Today Scott continues this work in developing the Squidro, a fly that will change the way you think about swinging for steelhead
. As a kind of rubber-legged Intruder, the Squidro has several important attributes.
When Pacific Northwest steelheaders started using Spey rods, and
designing heavier "Skagit-style" lines, they found they could deliver larger and larger flies
These flies allowed them to fish deeper slots and grittier water than
they could have fished with single handers and traditional hair wing
patterns like the Green Butt Skunk. One of the most famous of these new
patterns was the Intruder. The Squidro picks up where the Intruder left
By using rubber legs instead of Ostrich or Turkey feathers, as on the Intruder, Scott has made a much more durable fly
. Rubber legs also don't hold water, so this fly is easier to cast
than its predecessor. Rubber legs also have better rigidity than feathers, so less material is needed
to achieve the same large profile. By using less material, Scott can create a faster-sinking
fly. Finally, since rubber legs are available in all kinds of factory color combinations, Scott has been able to create some striking color schemes.
Pro review - ben paull
What’s the word . . .
The Scott Howell Squidro Series of steelhead flies is the latest
creation from the steelhead man himself. If you have seen Skagit Master
II, you already have an idea of the passion that Scott has for swinging
flies for steelhead and as well as his intense drive to pursue new and
more effective techniques, presentations, and fly patterns by thinking
“outside the box.” The Squidro represents a simple, yet revolutionary,
variation on the standard intruder style. By utilizing silicone rubber
legs, instead of ostrich or rhea, the Squidro may at first glance remind
you more of a bass jig than a steelhead fly, but, once you get past
that and actually fish a Squidro, the benefits are undeniable.
The Squidro is able to hold a large, tapered profile, and moves in a
seductive, breathing action throughout a wide range of current speeds.
But, the real beauty of the Squidro is that it does all this with a
sparse amount of extremely durable material, which is neutrally buoyant
and does not absorb water, thereby making it last longer, sink faster,
and cast easier than flies consisting of fur and feathers. Plus, the
color combinations made possible by these rubber legs are unreal.
Features . . .
The Squidro Series is broken up into three groups of flies: the Sea Food
Series, the Summer Series, and the Winter Series. The Sea Food
Series draws from a white, orange, and pink color palate that is ideal
for fishing low in a river system for fish that are fresh from the salt.
The Summer Series contains a more subdued trio of colors that have
proven effective for steelhead in a wide range of summer conditions.
Finally, the Winter Series offers an even larger profile, large lead
eyes, and the best color combinations for enticing steelhead in heavy,
off-color water. While these series were designed with their respective
applications in mind, the effectiveness of the flies in each series is
by no means limited to what the series names suggest.
Overall rating . . .
The Squidro Series takes all of the performance characteristics sought after in intruders, and combines them into one fly!
The fishiness of the Squidro may cause you begin leaving
its feathery ancestors at home where they could feel worthless and left
The Scott Howell Squidro Series steelhead flies
provide an unmatched combination of profile, movement, sink rate,
castability, durability, and versatility.
A relatively recent CA transplant, I grew up fly fishing in
Washington and Vancouver Island, where I was lucky enough to take many
sailing trips over the years. Though I've fished places as far off as
Quebec and New Caledonia, more and more I find myself thinking about one
fish: the steelhead. While there is no substitution for the amount of
time Scott has spent on the water, and at the vise, it is his creativity
and analytical approach to fishing that inspires me. If you have any
interest at all in steelheading, you would do yourself a disservice not
to see Skagit Master 2. It will give you the confidence to fish water no
one else fishes, in ways that no one else would fish it. When it comes
to steelhead, there may be no person alive fishier than Scott Howell,
and no fly fishier than the Squidro.
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