Steelheading on the Fly.

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  1. guest

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    I'm thinking of trying Steelheading by the fly. All I have right now is a 9' Lamiglas 6wt. As Christmas is right around the corner. I can't afford anything different at the moment. Is that big enough. Also would like to know about 6 different flies to try. I don't want to put out too much right now. I have 6wt floating and a 6wt sink tip. I've never tried winter fly fishing, but I've hooked up with summer runs on a 5wt. Jim S.:THUMBSUP
     
  2. Greg Moore

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    While an 8 weight would be better a 6 weight will work until you can get another rod. I use my 8 weight and take along my 6 weight as a backup incase something happens to the 8 weight. It will take a little more patience / effort when you get a hook up to bring the fish to hand. Good luck! As far as which flies, stop by a local fly fishing shop and they will be more than happy to help.

    Greg
     
  3. Rob Blomquist

    Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    Probably the big deal would be how well your 6 wt would hold up to casting flies that are #2-3/0 in size. My 7 wt does just fine in this range. Also the other big deal would be about weighted flies, but not necessary giant dumbells, cones or beads, but just a bit of lead wrapped on the shank.

    Now, how about casting all that into the wind? I understand that most folks prefer a 7-9 weight rod. And yes, while adequate, my 7 wt could use a bit of help with the biggest and heavyest into the wind.

    The next deal, is what kind of sinktip do you have? You will probably want a type 3 to 5 to get down well in the bigger faster flows.

    As far as flies, I hear that marabous and spey are the way to go. Look for relatively lightly dressed flies to sink well though. I have tied the patterns in "Steelhead Fly Fishing" that are in the marabou section (418-423) and I think they look just like the ticket. My speys are definately not a thing of art but most my buddies will be impressed that I tried.

    But that's enough from me, at least before I get a winter run.

    Rob :pROFESSOR

    Just cast, would you?!
     
  4. slowswing

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    you can definately give it a shot. agreed, in the heavy wind and weight of fly will have an effect.

    you should consider a few patterns, the green butt skunk is a standby, some spey patterns in purple, red or orange,
    egg-sucking leech (pink egg my favorite on the peninsula rivers)
    purple freight train, usually for winter fish anything bright.
    getting the fly down to where the fish are is key. A good sink tip is much more efficient than a heavy weight fly.
     
  5. guest

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    Well,I would give it a go if I could get out. I have a few flies that you mentioned. I won't fish any big water,just the likes of the Stilly, Pilchuck, Sultan. As for the sink tip,I bought it two years ago and I've only tried it in lakes. All I know about it is that it's green with A black sink tip. Made by Courtland. I just usually just use my 5wt with floating line. I've hooked some big fish with my 5wt,but had lots of LDR's. Jim S.:COOK
     
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    well i used my 5/6 and it is just to light to use in the winter i found that sport co has 8 9 10 okoma rod for abot 37$ wich for a cheep rod it performs well i have a a new 9 and they all so have drag/ large arbor reals for 40$ i landed maney fish at hoodsport on it and was very happy keep the sunny side up and the krusty side down keeep on trucking
     
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    I've been reading about those rods and reels.I just might give it ago as they are sooooo cheap.If it don't work out I haven't lost too much. My only problem is that I'm not that close to Sportco. I live in Marysville. Thats quite a jaunt. Jim S. :COOK
     
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    they have low prices and well worth the trip i go there all the time i lived in westport and drove to fife to get gear twice a month the saveings payed for there self and also they have good prices on carhart work close . but if u doint buy there membership u have to pay 3% more than the tag price but they still beat most shopes i seen the same 8/9 okoma large arbor real for 75 dolere at gi jos in portlan and was 55 there corkey are .09 most shops are .13-.15 thay have 30 difrent typs of line and all the tyeing suplys u need keep the sunny side up and the krusty side down keeep on trucking
     
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    hey Bob

    where is that store. Ben
     
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    are u on line if u are do u still have my #
    keep the sunny side up and the krusty side down keeep on trucking
     
  11. Rob Blomquist

    Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    The other good spot to hit for inexpensive gear is the Outdoor Emporium, a few blocks north of REI in downtown Seattle.

    I haven't been to SportCo, as I live in North Kirkland, and really don't care to spend that much time to go shopping. If I am not mistaken SportCo is in Fife, but I don't know where.

    Rob :CLOWN
     
  12. guest

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    The store in Fife is off the freeway. If I'm not mistaken,they have a store in Redmond. Or they used to. I was there once. In Redmond. Jim S. :BIGSMILE
     
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    As far as flies go I would start by either buying or tying up a bunch of weighted and un-weighted wooley buggers in diffrent colors. This isn't the most glamorous fly, but it works, and its easy to tie.
    -Steve
     

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