The Bleeding Prawn is a steelhead fly pattern designed by prolific fly designer Bjorn Beech. Bjorn is the proprietor of the popular fly shop, The Fly Fisher, in Lacey, WA. I’m tying this steelhead fly on a size 2 hook today but is typically tied in sizes 2/0, 1/0 as well as the #2 sized hook.
The pattern has several named color variations. The color in the video is called Evening Storm and other variations include Alcan Express (blue and black), Victoria’s Secret Pink, Red Moon, and chartreuse and orange.
Bjorn is known for his fly patterns like the Jumbo Critter, Stinger Prawn, Overdressed Hooker, and a few other colorfully named flies. His motto for these flies is Big, Loud and Wiggly. You can find his patterns listed in Jay Nicholas’ Modern Steelhead Flies and in Randall and Mary Kaufmann’s Fly Patterns.
Bleeding Prawn – Evening Storm Variant
Hook: Heavy wire Salmon Steelhead TMC 7999
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140d)
Tail: Orange bucktail
Flash: 10 stands each gold speckled Flashabou
& Red Crystal flash
Body: Orange Ultra Chenille standard
Wing: Orange, red and black marabou
palmered in that order
Topping: Golden pheasant red body feathers