Steelhead Softhackles

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by Thomas Mitchell, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Since I'd rather be steelheading, when I fish for trout, I swing traditional northcountry spiders and softhackles as often as I throw dries. Recently, a well-regarded guide surprised me with the small size and general buggy nature of the summer-run steelhead flies he uses. Those two factors combined to form these small flies for summer-run steelhead plus one flashy one for the helluvit. Tied on a size #8 TMC2457.


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  2. Eastside Guest

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    Very cool! I saved your top photo on the box and will tie a few for the Deschutes in October. Might use Gamakatsu bait hooks aka Leland, but I like the idea!
  3. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    These will get started on the OP but will hopefully get some action on the Deschutes and Ronde.

    I started off using Mustad 3906B's which is the traditional wetfly hook and even tied some on Gamakatsu SL45 bonefish hooks that I use for flatwings but ended up liking the caddis pupa hooks best. Heavy wire and big gap is nice seems to look good but they'd probably all fish the same.
  4. garthman Member

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    are you tying these as sonventional softhackles, with silk thread bodies? what material were you using for the throaxes, please?

  5. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Tails - Gliss N Glo or antron yarn
    Bodies - Pearsall's Gossamer (or Gudebrod 3/0 for the black one)
    Rib - fine olive wire
    Glass bead (or tungsten bead for a 'deep water' version)
    Underwing - various; Glisss N Glo, Flashabou, Crystal Flash
    Hackle - Hungarian Partridge and dyed hen saddle for he purple/pink
    Thorax - peacock eye twisted around a strand of thread (or seal fur for the black)
  6. Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    once again fantastic ties Thomas! another one of your pics going into my desktop queue on my computer...
  7. ribka Active Member

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    Nice ties there. Really nice!
    Soft hackles are very underrated for steelhead IMO
  8. Adam Yost Member

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    beautiful flies
  9. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    those look like they might tempt sea runs as well!
  10. Nailknot Active Member

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    Nice ties Thomas! Question about your glass beads- what size and do you have a good source?
  11. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Thomas, you are a man after my own heart. The soft hackles are great. One of my favorite style of flies to tie.
    They work on the Methow!
  12. NCL Member

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    Very nice. I need to tie up a few of these.
  13. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Quality ties Thomas!
  14. Cougar97 Member

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    Those will definitely work on the Ronde!!