Top 10 Favorite Steelhead flies

gigharborflyfisher

Native Trout Hunter
#1
Ok, so I am a little new to the whole steelhead game, I have been out a handful of times over that last few years with nada to show for it. However I want to put a little better selections of flies together, and before I get to randomly tying up steelhead patterns at the vise, I thought that I would see you patterns you guys suggest.

So what are you top 10 favorite producers for winter steelhead????
 
#3
I've caught nearly all my steelhead this year on a fly called the Kilowatt, a fly I picked up in FF magazine. Then again, I have used it for 90% of my fishing, so there you go. I've mostly been swinging with a spey rod. For nymphing I use a large prince like Mark with a dropper of some sort and have done well with that.

Then again, most people will tell you the fly doesn't matter as much as your confidence in it. You gotta "feel like the fly", in a zen sort of way. Hard to explain, but once you get it, you'll know.

Wayne
 

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#4
My top 2 favorite are a baby pink size 4 glo bug with a red dot and some dumbell eyes for weight with a little estaz hot pink wraped around the back for a little added attraction. And second a pink rabit leach on a size 2 steelhead hook with dumbell eyes and like an orange dubbing egg around the dumbells. I use 1 strip for the tail and cross cut up to the dumbells. I lost one on the pink leach today. :mad:
I hope this helps. :beer2:

Clint
 

Zen Piscator

Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.
#5
For winter steelhead on the west side (Mark's fly was used on summer fish), I think you have about 7 too many flies.

For swinging or nymphing, here are my only 3 flies:
1. Some sort of eggs, in lots of colors. Beads, glue eggs or glo bugs all work.
2. General Practitioner in purple black and olive
3. Moal leach. Purple and blue/black, orange/black is also killer

I've caught fish nymphing and swinging all of these flies.
 

mike doughty

Honorary Member
#7
Ok, so I am a little new to the whole steelhead game, I have been out a handful of times over that last few years with nada to show for it. However I want to put a little better selections of flies together, and before I get to randomly tying up steelhead patterns at the vise, I thought that I would see you patterns you guys suggest.

So what are you top 10 favorite producers for winter steelhead????
i like whatever zen likes
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#8
size 8 wooly worm
size 6 franks fly
size 4 egg sucking leach
size 6 ginger bunny fly
size 4 electric king bugger
size 6 pink sparkle shrimp
size 4 bjorn super prawn
size 4 orange sparkle shrimp
size 4 general practicioner
size 10 copper john, red

I refuse to fish globugs they are disrespectful to the steelhead, one should at least take some time to make a pretty fly for them
 

Preston

Active Member
#10
Hear, hear Les. The classics will still catch 'em and probably as well or better than what Harry Lemire called "all this damned science fiction stuff". The classic of classics is, of course, the Skykomish Sunrise, but the Polar Shrimp, Purple Peril, Hellcat, Brad's Brat and a host of others are highly effective, and steelhead still find them attractive.
 
#11
Classics? You Bet! Here's my list for Summer fish.

Skykomish Sunrise, Fall favorite, Purple Matuka, Black Leach, Bakke's October Caddis.

I think I wouldn't need much else, but I wouldn't go at all if I couldn't start with the October Caddis.

Steve
 

EMPyre

Erich with an H -Top Water Soldier-
#14
Ahh, family ties...
Skykomish sunrise, Purple Peril, McLoed's Ugly. I've got a couple of variants that I tied up that got the nod from George, and the fish too.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#15
Hear, hear Les. The classics will still catch 'em and probably as well or better than what Harry Lemire called "all this damned science fiction stuff". The classic of classics is, of course, the Skykomish Sunrise, but the Polar Shrimp, Purple Peril, Hellcat, Brad's Brat and a host of others are highly effective, and steelhead still find them attractive.
Green butt skunk? Classic or not?