First fly to kick off Summer Steelhead???

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by spanishfly, May 24, 2004.

  1. spanishfly Steelberg

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    So I found myself organizing my steelhead box last night strategizing my plan of attack for the upcoming week. We all have our go to flies depending on water, weather, etc. I was imagining a day of sunshine and short sleeves with beautiful low clear water.... I was thinking do I start out with something simple like a purple peril or do I attack from the top and go skating? Which leads me to my question: What is going to be your first fly of choice on June 1st?

    Good luck to all!

    Regards,
    Dennis
  2. Andy Workin in a sweet mullet

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    Its going to have to be the muddler that ole BOBLAWLESS tied up for the swap, first skated, then swung down low.
    If that doesnt work (I am sure it will :)), I am going to try Sharp Steelie's "magical" 20-fish-a-day-fly.
  3. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    You have to go with one of George flies

    Purple Peril
    Stillaguamish Sunrise

    :)
  4. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    A Roderick Haig-Brown Steelhead Bee, size # 6
    Greased and skated.
  5. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    Nice choice Bob
    I guess we will have to see water condition and temp

    :)
  6. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    Homer, this would require that you get up off of your butt and actually go to a river and fish...

    Are you ready for that?
  7. Big K1 Large Member

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    I am torn between Lemire's Greaseliner and a Waller Waker. Follow up will be a green butt skunk.:thumb

    Hey Bob T. are you ready to sell that Skagit Specialist yet?:smokin

    Kevin
  8. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    Actually, I'm making a promise to myself to try my good friends favorite fly (it's his moniker too). He actually has his own beat on the river spey. A few of you know of him. It's a Willie Gunn. Good looking fly. Simple, and sure would be effective here (know it works down on the Rogue). But have made a point to use it this year.
  9. cuponoodle breakfast Active Member

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    I'll do something radical and go with a purple woolly bugger.
  10. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    Visions of low, clear late-summer flows may be haunting our imaginations now, but the reality that usually confronts us in early June is higher water carrying its share of color. (Of course, this year may be different; they say the Cascade snow pack is a month ahead of usual schedule, and we're likely to have another draught-plagued late summer.)
    I carry a separate box of early summer flies, mostly heavy-wire 2's and 4's, with a lot of bead heads or eyes.
  11. papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    My choice will consist of Stimulators and Steelhead Bees, but also some Stonefly Nymphs, Muddlers and sparsely dressed streamers.

    OK, that's more than one, who could choose just one?

    I will be concentrating on surface action with skating/waking flys though, if water levels stay as they are right now.

    LB
  12. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Harry Lemire's Black Diamond.
  13. Big K1 Large Member

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    Steelheader 69,

    I know Willie Gunn. He just sent me a reel and a few little bottles of single malt.:7 He is a really nice guy and a fishaholic in the true sense.
    Good choice SH69.
    :thumb

    Kevin
  14. Flip The dumb kid

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    -orange or black bomber
    -bobs muddlers ( god those things are awsome, i got a 28" dolly on surface with one out of lake wenatchee)
    -some tube flys in black/white/pink combos if the water is off-colored
    -small nymphs in a 12-14 for when the water goes CLEAR. we all know that CLEAR.
    - size 7 jackson hook marabous and buggers for off colored

    and my go to:
    - size 10 bh stilly smoker.
    :dunno
  15. Stephen Rice Senior Member

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  16. Matt Burke Active Member

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    I've got a bunch of variations of egg cluster sucking leeches. This is like the clear/low water special, dark color, small. It's tied on a size 4 streamer hook. No weight as I'm not sure how far down all that hot glue is going to pull it.

    Matt Burke

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  17. spanishfly Steelberg

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    Matt, good looking fly. Do you tie any up in the standard purple bunny pink egg combo? I'd like to get turned on to one of those.
  18. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    Yup, know Malcolm well. Great guy. Yeah, I love the care packages of "mouthwash". :D
  19. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Either a hair-wing Blue Doctor or a variation of the Laxa Blue, a simple sparse pattern, riffle hitched or sunk depending upon specific conditions.


    TC
  20. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    Bob I was born ready for summer steelies, not like you that has to talk about it for days to get ready. I've allready tried half a dozen new lines out, oh yea and new rods out. The big problem is which combo DRY/SINK TIP line i guess water condition will til that. Or do you know that BOB!

    My tips for summer runs

    1. Do it, just don't say that your going to do it (BOB)
    2. Do it again!
    3. Enjoy it! (BOB)

    :smokin