The Orleans Barber is an old Klamath River pattern that features a wood duck tail. Credit for the naming of the pattern goes to C. Jim Pray, an early famous fly dresser and steelhead angler from Eureka, California. Jim Pray gave credit for the introduction of the then unknown pattern to a good flyfisherman from the Orleans area on the Klamath River, California. He was known to all as the Orleans barber. Whether he was the local barber or not I can only speculate. The year was 1934. The wood duck tail and no wing was a little bit different, but the pattern caught Klamath steelhead. So good that Jim Pray included the fly in his top list of best Klamath River steelhead patterns, and gave it the name The Orleans Barber. Use of the Orleans Barber pattern spread to the Rogue River of Oregon where it was successful for steelhead as well.
A simple but elegant looking fly the recipe is:
The Orleans Barber
Tail- Black and white barred wood duck or mandarin duck;
Body- bright red chenille;
I tied this Orleans Barber using two wood duck strips back to back for the tail. The body is fluorencent red chenille. The hackle is soft, grizzly-barred hen wrapped three turns.