Steelhead Flies

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by SSmith, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. SSmith New Member

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    Lake Tapps, WA
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    I'm going to make my first attempt at steelhead this week down here in the Toutle. Does anyone have any suggestions on useful fly patterns for summer steelhead? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Spade, size 6 & 8.
    Muddler Minnow size 2, 4, 6, & 8.

    Sincerely,

    Salmo g.
  3. SSmith New Member

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    Thanks! I'll give em a try.
  4. Stephen Rice Senior Member

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    egg sucking leeches and Patricia's
  5. OPfisher I

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    that river runs so off colored right now those fish arnt gona see your fly unless its got some body or color. use something bright that they can see. hot pink hairball leeches
  6. cmtundra New Member

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    the SF too?
  7. Scott Behn Active Member

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    WB's colors olive, brown, black...and stone nymphs

    :thumb:
  8. OPfisher I

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    To be honest I fished it for the first time just a little while ago and I just met my friend there so Im not 100% sure about where we were. I just know the water looked like someone poured chalk in it.
  9. cmtundra New Member

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    probably the NF. I haven't fished the SF this early but the SF typically runs pretty clear in the Summer in my experience.
  10. Salmo_g Active Member

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    The N F Toutle is colored by Mt. St. Helens ash. The S F runs gin clear during the summer. After 2 or 3 weeks of dry weather, the N F and mainstem are clear enough to fish. Even in that water, a black fly is more visible to a fish than a bright pattern.

    Sincerely,

    Salmo g.
  11. SSmith New Member

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    Thanks for your help guys!
  12. Steelie Mike Active Member

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    I caught fish using purple a leech in the Winter on the South Toutle. I have also been told from the guys at Anglers Workshop in Woodland that white leeches and streamers are great patterns in the summer. I personally have not tried them though. Good luck!