Upriver kings have trouble staying away from this pattern. At 4 inches in length, the Jumbo Critter gets their attention. Even with a set of lead eyes, this pattern is fairly light and easy to cast. Violent strikes often ensue!
The Nightshade Trailer Trash is large in profile but very light weight. A lack of lead eyes make this one of the easiest to cast king flies. Nightshade is ideal for upriver fish that have turned off the bright flies.
The Pink/Black Hareball is a classic "upriver" fly for silvers, kings and chum. It has just the right mix of dark with hints of attraction. Salmon that have been in the river for awhile are suckers for this fly!
There is something about Pink/Black Articulated Hareballs that sticky upriver fish can't resist. Maybe it is the mostly dark fly with just hints of pink that wakes up the fish. Whatever the case, it works well for kings and coho when bright flies are not getting it done. Articulated Hareballs are 5 inches in length, have heavy lead eyes, and are constructed of rabbit wrapped over sparkly cactus chenille. They are the perfect combination of flash, big profile and action.