New for me that is. The Herniator steelhead pattern has been around for a long time. The pattern was originated in California by Bill Geise for the Klamath and Trinity Rivers where it is very effective. The Herniator has made it’s way to the Rogue River, which is not unexpected because of the similarity of those fisheries. The account as to how the Herniator got the name goes as such. Geise had to admit himself to the hospital with a hernia the day after the debut of his new fly due to the strain of catching so many steelhead with it. Now that’s some kind of endorsement.