Freight Train & Purple Peril

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  1. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Not having tied many steelhead flies, I'm interested to know what you guys think of these ties.

    I've got a pack of 18 steelhead hooks and the Hohdown is coming up so I thought I would tie up a variety of flies for a friend or three.

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  2. seanengman

    seanengman Trout have no politics

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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Those look nice!
     
  4. Kim Ferris

    Kim Ferris left-handed sort of way

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    they look yummm. i'm hooked. k
     
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    Both are nice but the Purple Peril looks great. What size are they?
     
  6. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    size 6...is that too small? Will they work for the Hoh down?
     
  7. stewart dee

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    Good size for summer or spooked fish, great for a second run through on a missed take. I feel that a 3/0 or tube- even a shank stinger setup would be better for OP water. But that's just my opinion you know what they say about opinions. I have seen pics and stories of big bucks hooked on small flies that size on spring water. You have the eye for it and that's half the battle, good looking flies....
     
  8. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the info Stew...alls I got is 6s so thats what they get.

    I'm not a steelheader so I haven't got a clue what they like.

    Got any more pattern ideas that I can do up on these 6s? I've got a Silver Hilton in the works and a couple more ideas but would like to hear from people in the know.
     
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    The Kitsap Library in Poulsbo has a copy of "Steelhead Flies" by John Shewey. I just turned it back in last weekend, so it should be there. This is a very good book. He talks about all the materials and shows you all the little tricks for tying steelhead flies, speys, dees, hairwings and featherwings in detail. A lot of good pictures and a ton of flies. Excellent book.
     
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    I've been told by a few guys that if you run flat silver tinsel UNDER the orange and red floss on the Freight Train it will help them remain bright once they get wet. Those 2 colors lose a lot of their brightness and contrast to the black front once they get wet. Might be something to try.
     
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    Yup!

    fae
     
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    Money.....
     
  13. Leroy Laviolet

    Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

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    Grn. Bt. skunks and a mudler or two...
     
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    Absolutely. Black hooks kill the bright colors.

    Leland.
     
  15. Jim Corsetti

    Jim Corsetti H20 - the elixir of life

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    Tie up some buggers too. Black, purple, a mix of both. Yup. Usually don't use the up-turned eye for buggers, but they'll work.

    Nice ties. Though I've not commented until now, I'm always impressed with your flies. Thanks.
     

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