Steelhead flies

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by wynn_r, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. wynn_r New Member

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    Kent, WA, USA.
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    You are going to fish for Steelhead on the Grande Ronde river in October. If you could only take four fly patterns, two for surface and two for sinking tip, what four patterns would you take? You can take hundreds of these flies but only those four patterns.:thumb :dunno
  2. Philster New Member

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    I've long since come up with my own patterns, but for commercial patterns:

    Mcmillal skating caddis and hairy mary for surface and grease line.

    Deep purple spey and Sauk river shrimp for sink tip. Any river... Any time...
  3. pwoens Active Member

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    Spokane, Washington, USA.
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    only two patterns??? double egg....heavily weighted orange and a special pink yarn fly..heavily weighted also (this is just a chunk of yarn tied on a hook...simple yet extremely effective on the ronde!!!

    Good luck!!!

    ~Patrick ><>
  4. speyman Member

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    Carnation, WA, USA.
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    I spend a fair amount of time over there every year, here is my 2 cents.

    Lemire's fall caddis and Pinky for dries.
    Kalama Special Spey #3 and Purple Haze Spey #1.5

    If you need pattern info or flies email me at

  5. sinktip Guest

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    If I was going to fish the Ronde in October, I would not even take my sinktips.

    Top Water would be Kushnir's Boob Tube in Black, Purple or Natural or a purple muddler (riffle hitched) .

    In the film: Purple Spey or Black Hotpants
  6. wet line New Member

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    Burien, WA, King.
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    I would get ahold of Steelheader 69 and have him tie me up a couple dozen of his gorgeous flies and let him pick the four patterns.
  7. o mykiss Active Member

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    Sinktip wouldn't even take his sinktips? What would we call him on the GR then?

    By the way, where can one find the patterns for Boob Tubes and Black Hotpants? I don't care if they work, I just need to have patterns with those names in my flybox (preferably next to eachother) when I go to the GR in October.
  8. sinktip Guest

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    The recipes and pictures of each can be found at Go to the archive of Steelhead and Salmon Flies. The Boob Tube Thread is fairly recent. The Hotpants is a few years old but is there if you do a search on it.
  9. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Sedro Woolley, WA, USA.
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    1) Black Diamond

    2) Un-named small dark buggy looking thing that sinks

    3) Greased Liner

    4) Another un-named dark buggy looking thing that floats

    Be there the first week of Oct. for fresh steelhead and chukar dinner. Life doesn't get any better then that.

    I will be bringing my sinktips and you can bet I will use them a good portion of the time.
  10. Rxfisher New Member

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    Sedro-Woolley, Washington, US.
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    For a floating line
    1. purple hotpants
    2. Freight train size 6
    For a sink tip;
    1. Purple spey
    2. blue/purple marabou

    Did I mention I like to fish purple on the Ronde!!!!