Stocking a Steelhead fly box

Mike S

New Member
#1
I am new to the area, and looking at heading down to the Toutle later this month for Steelhead.

I would like to stock up on a selection of flies, are there certain patterns and sizes that would cover most fishing conditions?

There is a local person that ties and will stock me up very reasonably, just need to provide him the shopping list,

thanks,

Mike
 
#2
Mike,
I would suggest that you use the search feature on this board; think that you will find tons of suggestions on summer steelhead flies. Have fun.
John
 
#4
Steelhead?????

Didn't you know this was lamprey country?

Nothing that swims in these rivers hits so hard jumps quite as spectacularly as a lamprey.

The tug is the drug as they say.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#5
Why is it when somebody new asks for help, all he gets is a ration of shit. Just give him a few hints as what to use. Try using Wooly Buggers and some tied up with Marabou.

These flies come in many colors, but Black and olive are good choices.

Boy, I'm glad that I'm not new to here because I sit here wondering what kind of answers I would get to the many questions I would ask..

Jim
 

Matt Burke

Active Member
#6
Don't listen to the oldman. He hasn't caught a steelhead since Truman was in office. Leech like patterns, non-weighted with 10 to 15 feet of leader on a floating line. Don't worry, they will come up to get it if they want it. Purple or black when the water is clear and cerise if the water has low vis. Now go fish.
 
#7
Ah, I don't think anyone gave him shit Jim. I think they were just pointing him in the right direction to find more than enough information on what he seeks. This does get asked and discussed alot, and this thread will probably take off and be six pages long anyway, but now he knows to try a search, and he'll have plenty of reading to help him on his way. That's why there's a search function in the first place.
 
#10
Ok, I’ll add to my first post. Here’s my, and probably no one else’s, go to fly for steelhead on the Cowlitz and Kalama. Called a Matt’s Fur. Size 6 or 8. Black or brown articulated leach would be my #2 choice.
John
 

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#11
Ok, I’ll add to my first post. Here’s my, and probably no one else’s, go to fly for steelhead on the Cowlitz and Kalama. Called a Matt’s Fur. Size 6 or 8. Black or brown articulated leach would be my #2 choice.
John
Looks good!

I have had a lot of summertime success with big nymphs like that on many PNW rivers around here.
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#12
In summer you really can't go wrong with a purple peril. Great fly under all light conditions. Spruce it up with a little flash and you're playing.
 
#14
For a starter kit of standard patterns, I'd start with a Purple Peril for a dark, a Skykomish Sunrise for a bright, and Walt Johnson's Deep Purple Spey for a medium. Mostly in No. 4, a few larger and smaller. Add a No. 10 standard trout nymph for when they won't take anything else, and an unweighted No. 6 Muddler Minnow for your first dry/skater.