summer runs. What flies should I buy

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  1. bankwalker

    bankwalker Member

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    I need to get my fly collection started for summer fishing. What flies should I start with.
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    bankwalker Member

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    Thanks for the links
     
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    I think you should consider having at least 3 flies for summer steelhead fishing.

    1. a marabou streamer in black, purple, or some other color;

    2. a size 6 Spade;

    3. a floater/waker like a steelhead caddis, muddler, or Waller waker of some kind.

    Anything else is superfluous, unless you're a dirty ass nympher, in which case you need a nymph. Or a bead.

    Sg
     
  5. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Move along now. This has been settled.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
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    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    You need about a dozen squidros!
     
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    ChaseBallard bushwhacker

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    As far as color combos, any are great as long as they are black and green or purple and blue.

    About the only exception I'll make is for a tan sculpzilla during low water later in the summer.
     
  8. bankwalker

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    Thanks guys. Looks like I will have a good starting point
     
  9. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Tons of yarnies. Drift that shit right down the slot under a 3/4 inch thingamabobber with about 4large split shot.
    Buy yarnies. Yarnies are flies. Sarcasm bro.
     
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  10. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    i'd go with an assortment of spades in different colors and sizes,they will catch steel on any river anywhere in the state as we'll or better than most other pattern.
     
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    Charles is correct in saying that the swing, nymph debate is done, but it will help us to know how you primarily intend to fish and for that matter where. If you do intend to nymph, then the flies for the most part will be different than swinging patterns. Patterns will also change depending on what river system you are fishing. For example the upper Columbia trib fish are notoriously trouty.
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    [​IMG] not according to my 5" bunny strip and 15# maxima

    edit: /s and yes caught more when 6#, long leader, and "trouty" flies
     
  13. bankwalker

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    I don't know how I intend to fish yet. I have no problem nymphing. But if that were the case I would just use my center pin and throw jigs. When I use to fly fish a few years back I only swung flies so that's probably how I'll continue to fish.
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    if in reference to my post, that fish was def on the swing. i'm not a dirty-ass POS nympher

    edit: happy Sg?
     
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    Haha nope. It was a reply to Irafly
     
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    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I've had great luck using solid red patterns for summer fish.
    Also consider tying up some marabou or bunny nightmares.
    SF
     
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    Please! That's "dirty ass nympher." Accuracy matters in things of such great importance. How do I know it's important, you ask? Because of the number of threads on this topic on WFF, that's how.

    Sg
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    i originally wrote that but then took it out, for the children.....
     
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    CLO They baitin'

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    inb4 beads
     
  20. bankwalker

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    For the sake of starting a debate turning into argument. Let's say I did nymph. Aside from beads which I have a good selection of (center pin reference) what should I buy.
     

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