Fly Fishers' Republic

Silver Hilton (Peacock)

May 5, 2006

by Raif Killips

Silver Hilton (Peacock)



This is a popular variation on the 1930′s steelhead pattern, the Silver Hilton. This traditional fly still works for steelheaders today.

How to fish:

You can fish this on a dead drift, or a traditional wetfly swing. It is particularly useful in low clear water.


The wing is tied by pairing the hackles convex sides innermost so the feathers splay slightly, and/or by setting them apart when you catch them in.


The original has a black chenille body with a flat silver rib and a tail of mallard flank.

Further Reading:

Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead, 1992, Deke Meyer, Fank Amato Publications, ISBN 1-878175-10-6.