favorite steelhead flys for nymphing

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by rainshadow1, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. rainshadow1 Member

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    okay thanks everybody for all the great fly ideas
  2. Breck Active Member

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    I do 99% of my nymphing for steelhead on the Deschutes in Central Oregon. My go-to triple fly rig is a large Double Bead Stonefly Nymph in Peacock first, followed by a big rubber leg purple Copper John, followed by some sort of large soft hackle. 60% of the time, it works every time.
  3. ozcast Member

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    A size 6 silver or gold lightning bug can be deadly. Not talked about much...but they can kick complete steelhead ass. If you want some pizzaz add rubber legs. Trail a lifter or glo bug off the back and your getting pretty dirty.
  4. atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    I'm curious about sizes. Ozcast mentioned his sz6 lightning bug, do you generally go big like that when it comes to steelhead nymphs?
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  6. Rob Allen Active Member

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    by the way I was dead serious about the skunk it is a great fly to dead drift .
  7. ozcast Member

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    Size 6 is my standard, but its a size 6 scud hook, so not that big.
  8. gearhead Active Member

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  9. Nate Dutton I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!

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    Double nymph pattern, size 4 glo bug and a tasty mottled trout bead mmmmmmmmm!
  10. JS Active Member

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    I'm just glad you didn't say pink wooly bugger..........haha j/k.
  11. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Ahhhh yes, a PINK WOOLY BUGGER.

    Depends on the depth of the pool you are fishing.
  12. Gray Ghost Member

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  13. rory Go Outside

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    Maple Leaf, WA
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    Haha. Trout beads. Pass me the popcorn.
  14. cb3fish Banned or Parked

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    Don't forget about the Black boss.
  15. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    A guide I know and trust had me and another fisherman field testing some of his new steelhead nymphs. They are money for sure. Sorry, no pics allowed, no descriptions. I can say that I spent a chunk of time tying up a load of them so that I'd have plenty the next outing.
  16. constructeur Active Member

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    Well thanks for chiming in there Edward!
  17. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    For two years I've kept it quiet...I could be bribed.
  18. PT Physhicist

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    Meet me in Kingston tonight with a dozen or two of your favorites and I'll be nice to you for a month? My terms are somewhat negotiable..:)
  19. Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I like a hot pink bead head Pat's Stone with a dropper of sorts... but I usually fish that riggin' from a center pin as nymphing for steelhead on a flyrod is not a whole lot of fun for me.
  20. PT Physhicist

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    Ed, thanks for the recipe. Is this close?

    ;)

    Eds steelhead nymph.jpg