Steelhead Nymphs

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by SteelieD, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. SteelieD Non Member

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    For those of you who don't have an objection to nymphing for steel... what are your go to flies? Looking to fill the boxes and I need some ideas!
  2. Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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  3. poirierpro Member

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    I always like a big prince, dark stoneflys, big PTs, ES Leech...stuff like that. Trail a nymph with a glo bug or smaller PT for your dual fly setup.
  4. g_smolt Recreational User

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    depends on what run, what system, etc...start with glo-bugs, then branch out from there.

    The secret words for the day are...(drumroll)...Hue, Contrast, and Silhouette.

    Make sure your fly box has several different silhouettes, with different hues and contrast values. Take notes on which ones work in what conditions, and over time you will notice a pattern forming.

    If you are just starting to nymph, do yourself a favor and learn to do it without the bobber...err, Indicator. Not saying they are bad, just limiting in quite a few situations.

    IMHO and YMMV,
    Mark
  5. SteelieD Non Member

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    :thumb:Yup! read that one (a few times!!). Guess I'm on the right track. Just wondered if there were any 'secret' flies I was missing.

    Thanks Mark. So are you saying to 'tightline' or just 'swing' the nymphs?
  6. Panhandle Active Member

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    You're really asking for it steelie:D

    When I nymph on the eastside (Methow) I just use natural nymphs-like Prince nymphs and small stones for droppers. The difference however, is that they get spruced up with rubber legs and radioactive coloring (chartruese stones). The tool fly usually ends up being insignificant aside from weight and attraction. A yuk bug is a great steelhead tool fly.

    My go to nymph on the west side was always a single egg pattern, my favorite being the calberro. (sp.)
  7. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    rubber legged prince/stone/assassin with beadheads and a lifter, or one of Panhandles Caballero egg behind it
  8. JS Active Member

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    I usually lead with a heavy kaufmans stone, cactus caddis, prince or girdle bug. Then follow up with a bead, glo bug (out of mcfly foam...that stuff is money) smaller cactus caddis, pt flashback, or one of many others. My new favorite lead fly though is an egg imitation that has heavy dumbell eyes and is wrapped in eztaz (sp?) that sparkly chenelle type material.
    Peace out
    skeels
  9. SteelieD Non Member

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    Yeah dude, I know. Hoping the swingers will leave me alone!;)

    What are the chances of getting that Caballero Egg pattern??
  10. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    give me a few minutes to tie one up for ya and I will post it...
  11. Panhandle Active Member

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    http://www.umpqua.com/pc-709-37-bead-head-egg-gormans-barbless.aspx

    Also referred to as the Gorman's calbero egg. Best single egg pattern I've ever used. I used to go through runs on the Hood with other egg patterns just as a experiment. I'd get nothing, then go through the same run, with the same presentation, with the Calbero and knock em' dead. Ironically, I've never had success with this pattern on the east-side:confused:
  12. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Here is one with a shuck because... I prefer a shuck...

    beadhead
    green antron wrap on the butt
    some head hunter magnum yarn
    then i use a lighter pink yarn for a "halo" or maribou for the shuck which is long enough to wrap around the egg and waft seductively in the turbulence behind the egg

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  13. g_smolt Recreational User

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    Both will work, but learn the downstream "C" tip mend, then upstream with the rest of your line, and use the line as an indicator.

    Mending to an indicator has its advantages occasionally, but the fixation on "surface" vs "whats actually going on below" is a big problem w/indicator fishing.

    I'm gonna be in town (westside) for a few days around the 16th-18th...I will pm ya, mebbe we go hit an s-river and check it out.
  14. fredaevans Active Member

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  15. Steelie Mike Active Member

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    My jaw just dropped :). Adam said nymph and steelhead and that he does it. G Smolt hit it on the head and the examples Fred added I have used with success here in WA, OR and CA. Caballero eggs are also great swinging flies when tied on straight eyed hooks. Remember you do not always need an indicator to fish nymphs though. A dead drift presentation, swing and twitch can be deadly too.
  16. HauntedByWaters Active Member

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    WORD

    I HATE casting indicators and the kinks in my leader, and the inability to fish well far away...........UGH!

    Great looking nymphs though.....I will have to nymph some with a sink tip :)
  17. Panhandle Active Member

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    Of course I do it silly. Not All water is swinging water, and besides-- it's fun.
  18. Mark Bové Chasin tail

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    Panhandle admitting is the first step to recovery. You have made a lot of progress in this thread.
  19. SteelieD Non Member

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    Thanks guys. Good stuff. I started with the copper john's (w/ rubber legs) last night in several colors and sizes. Tonight I'll tackle some others. Jeremy, since your so dang quick with those eggs, maybe you could just tie me a couple dozen and send ‘em my way! ;)

    Mark, would be stoked to get out and fish w/ you! Beers are on me. :beer1: Let me know what your schedule looks like when you get closer.

    Thanks again!
  20. FT Active Member

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    What about some of the flies of old like the BURLAP and SILVER HILTON, or Bob Arnold's SPADE and the many variation of it? Or even the old WOOLY WORM? These are really nothing more than nymph type flies for steelhead, although I will grant that they were not tied with lead eyes, cone heads, beads, or turns of lead under the body. They were still nymph type flies that were designed and tied expressly for steelhead fishing on the swing.