Steelhead flies you gotta have....

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Chad Lewis, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Gonna start fishing for winter steel in Eastern Washington soon. I'm kinda new to the steelhead game, so what flies are "must have"? Will be using a spey rod. I'll be tying all the flies, so if you have a link to a pattern or a tying video, that'd be awesome. All flies welcome- wets, dries, wakers, skaters, etc.
     
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    idahokid David Willey

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    Orvis's website has a great selection of what steelhead flies are.I go to Northwest Outfitters and they pic them for me.lol.I use a floating line with a 6' poly leader.3' of 0x tippet.I use wolly buggers,Big black stone flies.I also use dark colors with pink mixed in.There are so many to choose from.Cabela's has a nice selection to look at also just to give you an idea of what they look like.Hope it helps.
     
  3. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    Black and Blue Hohbo speys are as good as they get for Eastside fish, and easy/fun to tie.
     
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    Chad....hate to burst your bubble but....pick some flies that look good to you and fish them. If they give you confidence, you will catch steelhead. You just have to cover enough water to find a willing fish. The fish do hang a little lower in the water column in winter but that is about all you need to think about. Don't get hung up on THE fly. You will develope your own preferences as you go along. I tie pretty artsy/craftsy flies because I think the fish deserve it but I'd probably do just as well with a woolybugger.....
     
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    do you want to look good or catch fish? dont get me wrong i love to skate and swing but if it is fish you want then go down with glo bugs, beads and madisons specials. i have only fished the columbia, methow, tucannon, ronde, and clearwater with some success. swinging and skating is always first unless the water temp is below 40 degrees and then i go down. hope i was of some help. just keep doing lots of fishing and trying everything from top to bottom and it will finally be there. good luck, mike w
     
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    Kaiserman Phil 4:11-13

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    This is the best advice thus far. Start with an egg sucking leech black or purple, and get'r down to the bottom.
     
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    idahokid David Willey

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    It's all about putting in your time and keep your fly in the water.Keep it simple.Keep coming back and don't give up.It works if you work it.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    There are too many experts here. Just use a WB in black or olive and you should be good to go.

    Fishing for Steelhead isn't rocket science. If a WB doesn't work try a Green Butt Skunk.
     
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    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    Eggs right? Beads I mean! Hah

    As Joe says...rock the hobo Spey
     
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    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    A couple Dark colored streamers. A couple light colored streamers. A couple of comeback flies that are half the size of the streamers, for when you miss a fish.
     
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    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    PM Freestone, Chad. She's the go-to wizard on the streams here.
     
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    Chad,

    It doesn't matter what fly pattern you use for winter steelhead in eastern WA because there are no winter steelhead in eastern WA. Sorry. However, if you want to fish for summer steelhead that are still hanging out in eastern WA, then any of the patterns recommended so far will do, but I never go fishing for summer runs without my box of Spade flies.

    Sg
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Purple and Black Intruders... don't go anywhere w/o them :thumb:
     
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    Seconded, also black and chart., in various sizes. I recently got turned on to Scott Howells PD, and Morejohn's Bantam....those bantams are money in water that is low and clear.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    ... Scott Howell's Bantam... no can find with quick search. Prom Dress, yes, but no Bantam?
     
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    Thats because I effed up, I meant to say Scott Howell's PD and Morejohn's Bantam....Check it out on Idylwildes site.
     
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    Throw something black, and if that doesn't work, throw something purple.

    Throw it in the right place and present it properly, and you will find some players.

    It might sound like a gross oversimplification, but I think folks spend WAY too much time overthinking steelhead fishing.

    Presentation - 95%
    Pattern - 5%
     
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    Black, Purple, Olive ESL's. One fly that has done well for me is a chartruese bead head, purple or black leech body w/ longish chartrues rubber legs....my known name for it is space creature, or that is what they called it many years ago...think it goes by something different now.
     
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    I know nothing about eastside steelheading in winter. Gotta think that things are bloody cold and your best model is to look at great lake steelheading as your tactical equivalent. Seems like swinging is not very common for winter great lake steeleheading. Nymphing seems the name of the game and getting it down and right in their face.
     
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