Time to Extract Some Chromers


Water is starting to come into shape.  Time to start thinking about getting back out there again.  One fly you might consider while the water is on the high side but fish-able is Silvey’s Extractor New for 2012. Here is a little bit about the fly.  Cast easy, sinks fast, big profile, lots of movement and you know it works because Silveydesigned it.

Silvey’s Extractor


When guiding most  times I have 2 clients.  Arriving at a run one angler makes a 1st pass and the second follow him/her through.  I was looking to design a series of flies that would have a completely different look in the water than various tube flies I have designed.

With a new fly design the main 2 things I think about the skills of my clients and where the fish are holding:

Client – My flies are aimed at giving my clients greater odds of hooking and landing steelhead.  Most of my clients are average anglers with average casting abilities.   Therefore flies must be designed so that my clients can consistently cast the fly all day to the most productive lies.

Fish – The fly must sink fast to get down to the fish as fast as possible to maximize the swing area.  I have found that overdressed flies sink extremely slow because of the resistance between the materials and the water.  My goal is to have as sparse a fly as possible that retains its shape under tension and imparts significant movement.

I decided to base the look of this new pattern on the double segmented fly style (some refer to as intruder style).  I found most intruder flies on the market to be over-dressed and over-weighted making them un-castable for my clients.

What separates the Extractor from existing patterns on the market is:

  • How simple it is to cast.
  • The rate of speed that the fly sinks at.
  • More movement than existing commercially tied flies while using less materials.
  • 2 sections move independently of each other.

I was able to achieve these results by:

1.  Tieing an extremely thin body is critical to eliminating water resistance and getting this fly down fast.

2.  Using less weight to get the fly down.  The only weight on the fly is the undersized eyes which mostly serve to insure the fly rides correctly in the water.

3.  Tying the fly sparse.

4.  The use of rubber to create movement.  Rubber doesn’t soak up water making the fly easier to cast.  Once the fly hits the water the thin rubber has minimal resistance making the fly sink faster. Rubber has memory and it doesn’t collapse back flat under tension.  When the swing gets into the softer water the memory of the rubber tentacles cause them to flare and create tantalizing movement.


I noticed that the materials on the front section of intruder style flies are tied so they match up with the tips of the rear material.  It seemed to me a waste to tie such a large fly only to have the tips at the end of the fly be the only place where movement is imparted.  I decided to tie the rubber on the front section short so it wouldn’t marry with the rubber in the back section while being swung.  This feature allows the front section of materials to move independently from the back section breathing more life into the fly.

9 Responses to “Time to Extract Some Chromers”

  1. Derek Johnson says:

    Thanks so much for the explanation and reasons for the different elements of the fly. Two questions: If your client is a better caster would you put more weight on the fly (bigger eyes?) to sink it quicker? And, do you find that the buoyancy of the rubber legs slows the sink rate at all, as compared to rhea or ostrich? Thanks

  2. Brad Staples says:

    They have enticed Summer/Fall Steelhead on the Deschutes River for my clients as well!

  3. Stetz says:


  4. Zach says:

    @ Brad I assume you were fishing the Mini-Extractors for the Deschutes during the summer and early fall?

  5. Mole says:

    Sick fly. It works well. I have taken fish on all the rivers I fish with it! 1 question: you guys did a boat build with McCrankys new sled. What about Silveys?

    Ah, never mind. I found it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTBEe3b0wME

  6. Willy G says:

    If more weight is needed you can always pinch or slide a little something on the line, easy to do from run to run.

  7. Zach says:

    @ Derek. I don’t think you need to add any weight because Extractors already sink faster than flies of similar size that are weighted heavier but constructed with more materials. We haven’t run any double blind tests of sinking rates v floatability between rhea, ostrich and lumiflex rubber. My drop it in the river and watch it sink tests seems to point to the rubber not adding perceivable floatation to the fly.

  8. Whitey says:

    @Mole: A meeting at IW last week??? hahaha. Perfect ruse for me to secretly film this footage of Silvey designing his new sled.

  9. Jimbo says:

    I generally use a large granite, or basalt extractor to get down deep. It sinks fast, and gets into the “ZONE”.

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