An old pattern from the Penobscot River region of Maine. Originally intended for trout and landlocked salmon, the fly was found to be good for smallmouth and largemouth bass as well. Perhaps steelhead would fall for this fly too?
The Alaska Mary Ann fly pin is of a classic fly first tied in the 1920s by Frank Dufresne. The color scheme for the fly he derived from the red and white carved-ivory ice-fishing decoys that the native Eskimos made.
I tie old classic fly patterns on decorative hook pins for Christmas. Here are a couple of my favorites. The hat pin hooks are not easy to tie on. There is a lot that you have to work around. Important is to avoid the sharp point of the pin when wrapping thread and materials. Ouch!