If you had to pick two and only two...

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  1. Smalma

    Smalma Active Member

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    I think it is kind of foolish to limit oneself to just two flies but if I were forced to do so my I would opt for -

    A Haig-brown steelhead bee for waking - it is just to much fun not to have a waking pattern and if limited to one the "bee" has some history and has produced lots of fish for me.

    The other would be my own "winter sculpin"; essentially a modified muddler with a widgeon shoulder feather for a hackle behind the spun head in a mixture of black and chocolate to match the color of our winter sculpins. Has been an effective pattern for me and has accounted for my 5 largest winter steelhead.

    Curt
     
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    10mm & 8mm.
     
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    muddler and a skunk no question about it.
     
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    Kaiserman Phil 4:11-13

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    I don't use beads, but that's funny!
     
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    Summer/Fall: my own version of an October Caddis-type, Winter: my version of a pink marabou (I like it tied on a size 1 salmon/steelhead hook, don't really like lies with stingers...I feel like I should be casting those with a spinning rod or something, or just using a spoon....makes no sense, I know, but it is what it is.
     
  6. northwind

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    Hmm since my home river has salmon and steelhead both almost year around I'd have to pick the Undertaker & the Klickitat
     
  7. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Greased liner and a Sol Duc Spey.
     
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    Black and blue hobo
    Lady Caroline
     
  9. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    The Lady Caroline's a complicated tie based on the youtube videos I've seen. Does any shop sell them? Waters West perhaps?
     
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    1. Purple/Black egg sucking leech tied by me in various sizes.

    2. Olive Skagit Minnow with some chartreuse touches tied by me in various sizes.

    The reason I say tied by me is that do some stuff to greatly enhance movement and add very subtle flash.

    3. If I had one would be a black foam dry fly skater of some sort.
     
  11. sourdoughsmitty

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    well foolish or not as to limiting yourself to 2 flies, it is a good way to learn faith in your patterns as well as profficiency my 2 favorites would be the blue charm in any format and haig browns golden girl which qualifies as both light and bright smitty
     
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    Orvis Bellevue usually has them...
     
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    very interesting. i would have guessed more egg flies would have come up.
    but i like what you said Smalma about your Winter Sculpin. do you find yourself fishing it later in the winter, or right along from late November to April ?
    always have that idea each year of why fish so much of the bright stuff or so much black ?
     
  14. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    I don't what the hell I'm doing but....always catch something with each.

    Dark....Black Egg Sucking Leech
    Light....Royal Coachman Bucktail
     
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    You can do it Alex, just put one of the tinsels on, the fish don't care.
     
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