Skamania Strain Flys

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  1. Hal Eckert

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    "Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but your tracks"

    What are the hot colors and patterns out there in Washington for Skamanias . Here in the GLs they love hot orange, cerise, black/blue bunny leeches. For some reason though hot orange and cerise is the killer lure and fly color. This skamania strain has been here 20 years. A guide I know here believe it has not been breed out of their genes yet to not like fluorescent colors.

    Conversely hot orange/cerise colored flys are not that good in the GLs for the other strains of steelhead especially the michigan strain. For those strains more natural colored nymphs, speys and wet flys are more effective.

    :dunno

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    What's a Skamania?
    Sorry,didn't read your post as well as I should.I just haven't heard of Skamania steelhead.How many strains are in theGL's?Are they actually different strains or just going to different streams to spawn?
     
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    "Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but your tracks"

    Its a Washington summer run strain of steelhead from the Washougal River as I recall that has been stocked in several of the GLs since the late 70s in several rivers.
    There have been some caught up to 30 lbs. Actually our largest strain of steelhead.

    http://steelheadsite.com/history/

    This will give you an overview of the western GLs steelhead, Lakes Michigan Huron, and Superior. Ontario and Erie have these strains also. Ontario has Skamanias stocked also.

    These are a big bad steelhead the toughest by far out here to land, they just tear you up coming in fresh from the lake and ready for a fight. Very aggressive. Remember our tribs are much shorter than out west. Usually less than 50 river miles from lake to end point and many much shorter. Plus you can fish the skamanias at the river mouths and surf.

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    All west coast steelhead, summer and winter, respond as well to bright colors as they do to more subdued hues and blacks. A very wise man once said "The fly that will not catch a steelhead has never been tied", and local pattern preference probably has more to do with angler choice and/or tradition than with any subjective standard.
     
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    Yes I know that saying. Out here though the skamanias are much more aggresive and will hit larger and more brighter flys than the michigan strain steelhead. Must be something in the genes.

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    hey preston, there is one flaw in that though. we do alot of fishing for spooky summer runs, and have caught them on everything from a 6" bunny leech to a size 16 prince nymph. but when the water goes to unlimited and the sun is up, your not gonna get fish on a bright color very often. possible, of course, but they do not "respond well" to them. most of the time it is a negative approach.

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    hey preston, there is one flaw in that though. we do alot of fishing for spooky summer runs, and have caught them on everything from a 6" bunny leech to a size 16 prince nymph. but when the water goes to unlimited and the sun is up, your not gonna get fish on a bright color very often. possible, of course, but they do not "respond well" to them. most of the time it is a negative approach.

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