Steelhead Softhackles

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  1. Thomas Mitchell

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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

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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

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

    Gary
     
  5. Thomas Mitchell

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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

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

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

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    beautiful flies
     
  9. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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

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

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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!
    JackD
     
  12. NCL

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

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    Quality ties Thomas!
     
  14. Cougar97

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    Those will definitely work on the Ronde!!
     

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