Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by bankwalker, Apr 17, 2014.
I need to get my fly collection started for summer fishing. What flies should I start with.
Try this link: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=flies for summer run steelhead
But for real, check out salmonfly.net and this thread http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/steelhead-summer-flies.47374/
Thanks for the links
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.
Move along now. This has been settled.
You need about a dozen squidros!
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.
Thanks guys. Looks like I will have a good starting point
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.
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.
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.
not according to my 5" bunny strip and 15# maxima
edit: /s and yes caught more when 6#, long leader, and "trouty" flies
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.
if in reference to my post, that fish was def on the swing. i'm not a dirty-ass POS nympher
edit: happy Sg?
Haha nope. It was a reply to Irafly
I've had great luck using solid red patterns for summer fish.
Also consider tying up some marabou or bunny nightmares.
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.
i originally wrote that but then took it out, for the children.....
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.