By Amy Hazel
Gordon Nash's Streetwalker has long been a favorite fly for steelehad anglers on the Deschutes and wherever steelhead swim. It was one of the very first flies to incorporate a lot of flash, which started a revolution in fly design.
She's flashy and a little slutty, which is why the steelhead chase her with such wild abandon. This fly is one of the easiest steelhead flies to tie. Gordon Nash, who works right here at Deschutes Angler, was kind enough to sit down at the vise to tie this fly step by step for you to follow along.
This fly was originally tied on an Eagle Claw 1197 N which was, at the time that Gordon invented this fly, the only nickel plated hook on the market at the time - but that hook is really heavy, hard to sharpen, and an overall bad design. Now there are lots of really nice hooks on the market that are nickel plated and which hold fish a lot better than that ugly Eagle Claw hook ever did!