Best Steelhead pattern for Skagit

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Caveman, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. hookedonthefly Active Member

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    +1...That's rad.
  2. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Best fly for Skagit steelhead? Must be a marabou streamer cuz you can tie a bunch real quick and not sweat fishing them down close to the rocks and losing a few, or a lot. Or, if you have time and materials to spare, tie full dress Atlantic salmon flies. They'll work almost as well.

    The winter steelhead aren't choosy. In order I've caught the majority of mine on marabou streamers, a simplified almost GP, and an orange spider. All in sizes 2 and 4.

    Vastly more important than fly pattern is where and how to fish a fly.

    Sg
  3. Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    Back to the fly stuff.... A Skagit Minnow has been doing the trick for a long time. You can tie it in any color combo you like and works on just about anything:

    Thanks,
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  4. Caveman Member

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    near concrete
  5. Davy Active Member

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    that one !
  6. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    A sparkplug intruder in purple is popular with the locals
  7. KerryS Ignored Member

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    For the traditional look go with an older AC Delco pulled from the junk '63 Ford flatbed in my backyard.
  8. Blake Harmon Active Member

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    Mr. Kinney mentioned it, but this fly can do some serious work on predatory browns and bows as well. No box is complete without one or four of these bad boys.
  9. Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    It's actually become my go to fly for just about anything and I agree that a fly box should contain a couple. Anything that eats other fish usually can't leave one alone... I bet they'd even work right dandy for bass.
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  10. Blake Harmon Active Member

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    Without a doubt.
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  11. Davy Active Member

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    I am very happy to hear the system and it's fish may , just may, be comin back ! kudos' to all the river keepers up there.
  12. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Sexy!!
  13. Derek Day Rockyday

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    Tie some skagit minnows in white/tan as well. My biggest skagit bull however came on a size six white wooly bugger with a split shot crimped next to the eye, swung on a dry line. The take was super brutal, and it had me into my backing twice.
  14. Achilles Member

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    It looks a bit small, why not add 4-6 more inches to it...