Flies/Tactics for steelhead in cold slow glacial water

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by ak_powder_monkey, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    So I'm having tyers block and can't think of what to tie. I'm hitting a little spot thats cold, deep and slow as hell that I know there's some cold fish in. Its a huge glacial river, and its cold like 33° maybe. I'm thinking swinging is the best way to cover water but at a loss of what to use. I can't imagine the fish will be chasing things down.

    Obviously I'm just looking for inspiration of flies to tie. I'll probably throw an egg sucking leach on and call it good lol.
  2. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Norfolk spinner.

    Hey, bennysbuddy, you got tying instructions for this one? I lost mine. I think it was developed in Rockport. Maybe Marblemount. Ya know, the one with the sparkplug.
  3. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    you can do better than that KS
  4. KerryS Ignored Member

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    I could but for some reason I seem to have a block.
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  5. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    AKPM you know more about this stuff than most of us. Not sure we can be of much help. Maybe a weighted jig head, rubber tail and a maribou collar? Pink would be ideal.
  6. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    That old sparkplug fly is a thing of the past. Nowdays because of cars going 100,000 miles before a tune up, sparkplugs are like polar bear hair hard to come bye. Therefore the always evoulveing upriver fishers are now using the Rusty nail fly ( a railroad spike ,2 cotterpins & treble hook ) it fishes deep & swings true!!!!!
  7. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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  8. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Whenever I've fished steel in uber cold water its been little teeny clear streams where I throw little teeny nymphs sight fishing, I hardly ever fish rivers I can't walk across. You guys do it all the time down there.
  9. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Big maraboos & intruders or bunny leeches are what you'll see being used on the bigger rivers like the skagit in winter time conditions . The Skagit minnow fly would be a good example & tying directions for that fly are all over the internet as are at least a dozen Intruder variations
  10. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Cone head popsicle, tied stinger style. Maybe tied in cop car colors (white w some blue and a little red).

    The fly really dont matter, but if its me Id go big
  11. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Is it Norfolk now?
    It used to be Dupont.

    Cloudy, cold glacial water?
    Go bright, tie it large, and fish it slllllowwwerrrr.
  12. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Norfolk makes hooks. You are thinking of a different type of fly which if used these days can get you in deep trouble with Homeland Security.
  13. John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Hey Kerry, What about a Norfolk spinner? I don't get it, you just start talking about topics I "can't see" ;)
  14. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Kerry,
    deep is an understatement I would not want to dance with. Norfolk spinner?
    I must not be old enough because i've never heard of this brand before.
  15. South Fork Active Member

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