Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco – A Trout Spey Version

Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco Fly is a well-known steelhead catching fly. This version is a slight variation of the original Fish Taco for Trout Spey and Skagit Fishing.

Giving credit to Jeff Hickman for his innovative fly design, I scaled down the Fish Taco and used some brown Ostrich from a feather duster I found at Wal-Mart for around $7.00. Lately, this has been my go-to fly for trout spey on the Kenai, especially for skagit casting for trout! The fish taco is a lot like a trout intruder, but with only a single stage.

The original Fish Taco Steelhead Fly uses a wound hackle under body which I have substituted and scaled down for an easier tie. You will still get the same action with this skagit fly pattern.

The materials used for the Trout Spey version of Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco can be swapped out for your favorite colors. We love brown, green, white and black with some orange accents for the Fish Taco.

The Fish Taco is a simple, easy to tie and very effective fly for Trout Spey Fishing for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden up here in Alaska. This fly will also be effective for Great Lakes Trout and Steelhead. Add the Fish Taco to your Alaska Fly patterns and you’ll be glad you did!

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Hook Shank: Umpqua 25 mm Waddington Shank
Trailer Material: Senyo’s Intruder Wire for Hooks Larger Than Size 6
Trailer Hook: Owner Mosquito Side Drifting Hook Size #4 (Barb Removed)
Thread: Uni 6/0 Black
Rear Dubbing Ball: Wapsi Angora Goat – Yellow
Main Under-body: Wapsi Angora Goat – Orange
Main Body Material: Wapsi Angora Goat – Brown
Head: Ringneck Pheasant Marabou
Head Cement: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails


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ABOUT: In this video David Lisi from Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC shares one of his new favorite flies for Trout Spey and Skagit Fishing. The main species targeted with this Trout Streamer are Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, but it will also work well for Great Lakes Steelhead. Trout Intruders are great fish-catching flies! Watch this video to learn how to tie The Trout Spey Version of Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco!

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