Black Boss |
By Jason Akl
The Boss series of flies were originally created by a northern California fly tier, Grant King to catch steelhead on the famous Russian River. Traditionally intended for steelhead, the Black Boss has boasted many super sized catches of Chinook and Coho salmon over the years. The effectiveness of this pattern is not limited to this great states borders, the Boss has become a staple steelhead fly among serious fly anglers all the way to Alaska. The Boss fly pattern has a few unique features suited for fishing the faster flowing waters of the Pacific Northwest. The heavy dumbbell eyes allow this pattern to dredge down in the cool, deep flows and stir up even the most lackadaisical of fish. The stiff bucktail hair that is used for the flies tail also helps to keep the fly from fouling on those long casts that are needed to get the fly to where the fish are holding.
When fishing the boss pattern there is no special techniques needed, simply fish it as you would any other big streamer fly. A traditional upstream and across cast is used to present the fly, then allow the fly to dead drift down stream drag free and swing at the end of the run. A good idea is to use some sort of strike indicator coupled to this pattern since the fly will be on or near bottom and light takes by fish will be hard to detect