The Steroid Dry can be used as a dry fly – strange, yes, but it does actually work. Obviously with a pattern this size it can cause a fair bit of wind resistance, so go with a tapered leader if you fish it on its own.
It’s also very handy for suspending small nymphs underneath, just like an indicator. Tie your nymphs New Zealand dropper style to the bend of the hook. Not only have you an effective indicator but you’ll also be surprised at how many trout will snaffle this off the top. 

Hook: Standard wet size 8
Thread: Black
Back: Ethafoam cord
Body: Black dubbing
Hackles: Black cock
Tag: Pink Antron

How to tie the fly

1. Trap the hook in the vice and run on a bed of tying thread in touching turns.
2. Take a generous amount of pink Antron and attach it to the hook shank with half an inch protruding over the eye.
3. Attach the Ethafoam cord to the rear of the hook shank. Make several turns of thread to secure it tightly in position.
4.  Secure a cock hackle by the stalk and make three turns around the hook shank, secure and trim the excess.
5. Form a dubbing rope and wind up the body in neat, touching turns to a point just behind the eye of the hook.
6. Pull down and secure the Ethafoam cord to the rear of the hook shank. Make several turns of thread to secure tightly in position.
7. Repeat step four.
8. Take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the Ethafoam cord so that it’s the same size as the rear section of cord.
9. Bring the tying thread under the hook shank and whip finish before trimming the Antron to a tag.

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