The “Prom Dress” is a staple pattern for Chinook at Skeena River Lodge. I slightly modified the original pattern, by Scott Howell, to make the pattern more durable and bigger for use for Chinook salmon. I changed the original hook and dumbbell eye to a tube with weighted brass bead and cone head configuration. The tube is more durable, allows you to exchange hooks and places the hook as far back as you like. The cone head with the 3mm hole creates protection for the marabou and makes the pattern almost indestructible. The pattern is “super-sized” for Chinook and has an almost ridiculous amount of flash incorporated in it. The guides from Skeena River Lodge swear by this pattern, which should be a very good reason to tie some up for your next trip. Here is how I tie the modified “Prom Dress”.
Note: the pattern here is finished without a 3mm hole cone head. Our production pattern has a cone head.