Steelhead season is upon us....what are some of your favorite flies?

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  1. SAVE STILLY NATES

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    Same with what i do, if the water isnt right for a swing i pull out the spoons/jigs/bait. If your not swinging, your not flyfishing. Period.
     
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    Alexander, good luck with the winter steelhead this season! It can be tough for a newbie. Keep your chin up.

    As far as using a bead instead of yarn tied on a shank... My understanding is this: beads come in a myriad of colors and translucencies. Also stringing a bead onto a leader taked about a quarter of a second. I don't nymph anymore, so maybe someone who does can chyme in about that.

    As far as winter fish, you are still at least a few weeks away from the fore runners of the hatchery stocks being in the rivers in any appreciable numbers.

    If you do swing for steelhead this winter dont get tricked into thinking you need to swing elaborate flies. My first winter I lost a ton of flies, so it was easiest to tie simple ones.

    A quick tie is the following:

    Tie on a loop of firewire to a waddington shank
    Then tie on your strip of pink, purple, or black rabbit strip
    Tie a hackle with your choice of marabou (I like pink or purple or blue)
    Tie on dumbbell eyes

    What I like about this fly is when the hook gets dull you simply replace the stinger.

    Vary the length of rabbit strip and the weight of the dumbell eyes and the color combos and you have a simple fly that can cover most of the conditions you will find on the OP rivers this winter.

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  3. Alexander

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    Call it what you want, use what you want.

    I like to fish with my flyrod every chance I get be it nymphing, streamer fishing, high sticking, swinging, bobber fishing, dry fly fishing etc. Some make a big deal about the naming. Just simplify we like to fish with our flyrods when we can. And use other methods when we feel like it. ;)
     
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    If you are going to use beads you might as well just gear fish. Using beads isn't fly fishing as I see it. Fly fishing is using materials to imitate what a fish eats. Beads are hard plastic and not eggs as fish see them being soft to eat.

    Jim
     
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    It may not technically be fly fishing; but fishing beads on a fly rod in pocket water is fun to some of us. Granted, it's not my preference in the winter months. And I don't do it at ALL in the Puget Sound rivers... But there's some pocket water on a few coastal rivers that can't be swung, and a bead gets the job done.
     
  6. oldskool

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    :hmmm: Define "fly fishing".

    Just kidding!!! :beathead::beathead::beathead:
     
  7. Evan Burck

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    I'll repeat a quote I made a few months ago:

    Fly fishing is employing the least effective method possible given your current conditions.
     
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    iagreemarabou is money. dave probably catches crap loads of fish. purple/black orange/black marabou tube flies super simple and work. winter speys are fun swinging but ive never had action on any yet hopefully this season!
     
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    the moal leech is where its at
     
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    A bead is a material that imitates what a fish eats. But then again so are rapalas and soft plastic lures. I think your definition of fly fishing needs to be much more specific and complex than that. I'll admit, I have my reservations with beads, and I definitely prefer using egg patterns tied with yarn or chenille, but sometimes the beads are simply more effective. I understand your point that you might as well gear fish, but some of us just prefer casting a fly rod over a spinning rod. I don't understand why you wouldn't consider the use of beads as fly fishing.
     
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    here we go with some more stupid shit.... lol

    where is that popcorn icon
     
  12. Andrew Lawrence

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    1. Black and blue Hobo Spey.

    2. Sol Duc Spey

    3. Blood on the Waters
     
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    Wouldn't fly fishing indicate that you are fishing something that is imitating a bug?
     
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    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    So when you're swinging a streamer, you're not fly fishing based on that logic.
     
  15. Be Jofus G

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    yep. I'm taking purist to a whole new level man. I'm only fishing size 8,235 fruit fly patterns.

    Jofus, putting the fly back into flyfishing. :rofl:
     
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    But that would imply that nymphing is fly fishing
     
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    Of course it is. Here is my new criteria. If your fly looks like a bug, it's fly fishing. If your fly looks like the interior of a 1970's socal lowrider van.. its swinging.
     
  18. Evan Burck

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    And what if it looks like this:
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    It is a prooven scientific fact that fishing with beads is a cover that some "flyfishermen" use as an excuse to hang out in craft stores. Personally I think it's driven by an insatiable urge to crochet?
     
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    ha ha ha, yeah! :)
     

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