Winter steelhead flies update

I have already one box full of flies. There are eggs sucking leaches, green but skunk, polar shrimp, woolly buggers in different size end colors, starlight pink and black, conehead bunny mudler and more. What I have found I do not have flies in red, orange, yellow, etc tones. I went trough flies in catalog I found what is interesting to me. I can not effort all of them neither I thing all of them are needed. I would like to hear opinion what else would be worth to buy for winter steelhead. I will fish the Stilly, Skagit/Cascade, upper Sky. I use 8 wt, 9 feet rod, and full sinking line (teeny 300) - I thing that this info also matter. I am sure I don't need more that couple patterns to cover those waters. I have already enough flies to catch winter steelhead but I am not sure that buying the bright and more color full staff make sense.

Here is the list:

Metal Detector Fly, Chartreuse and Black
Metal Detector Fly, Red and Orange
Alaskabou, Volcano
Alaskabou, Popsicle
Agitator Black and Red
Agitator Pink and Orange
Big Red
Orange General Practitioner
Purple General Practitioner
Sandy Candy
Sandy Candy
Deep Purple Spey
Candle Light Spey
Surgeon General



Active Member
I don't see "orange bead" on the list. Just kidding :)

I'd just get some metal detectors in chart/black and call it good. Honestly, I think you're over-thinking it. I'm of the opinion that a few flies in different sizes is more important than a wide array of patterns. Some guys here will even tell you the fly never really matters, it's all the presentation. There's been days when I almost feel that way.