The Purple Peril is another steelhead staple and was originally designed by Ken McLeod. I’d go out on a limb and say that it’s probably at it’s best in early fall, but it’s worth swinging the Purple Peril any time of the year. I didn’t tie up a single traditional variation of the Purple Peril, but one is at last fairly close. The fly usually sports a purple hackle fiber tail, purple wool yard body with silver tinsle, purple saddle collar, and a natural squirrel tail wing.
This is fairly close to the original. I have a bit of natural squirrel tail, but, for some reason, went with a natural bucktail wing. I used purple Fluoro Fiber for the tail and purple UV Ice Dub for the body. At the collar I tied in a few purple Sili Legs under the purple schlappen collar.
Trying something completely different, I kept with the Fluoro Fiber tail and switched up the body with several strands of purple flashabou. The first collar is made up of purple crosscut rabbit and purple schlappen. The wing is black bucktail.
Again, more variations of the a common theme. I’m pretty fond of both and can’t wait to swing them.