Summer Steel Flies

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  1. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Tied up some summer steelhead flies. All are first time ties. Done with two sets and working a third.

    Top L to R: Stillaguamish Sunrise, Admiral Hairwing, Purple Peril
    Bottom L to R: Silver Hilton, Freight Train, Skykomish Sunrise

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  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice work Big_E.
     
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    Nice set. I keep a few Frieght Trains in my box and use them in both Summer and Winter.
     
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    E.... What is that bottom middle fly.. I have begun to recently study Steelhead. Never fished for them yet. I dig that pattern!!! Chris
     
  5. miyawaki

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    Here are my "Fat Flies"

    Leland.
     
  6. Ed Call

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    Leland, mind sharing the when and how of fishing FAT? Do you fish them in summer because of their smaller yet fat profile, winter down deep, all of the above? I am printing your photo right now. Fat is good!
     
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    Hatch....bottom middle is a pattern called a Freight Train.

    Beautiful set of flies Leland....gives me something to aspire to.
     
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    The Freight Train has been my favorite steelhead pattern ever since I first saw it. I have tied it in so many different permutations. (Randall Kaufmann had a good chuckle when I told him what I had been doing). I even tied five of them last night before I spoke at the Overlake FF Club meeting which they raffled away later in the evening.

    My latest Freight Train is in my "Fat Family" of flies. The hooks are 1/0 Gammy "Split Shot Drop Shot." The size fly is #10. You gotta love tying big flies in miniature.

    A few of my friends use them as a "closer" for summer steelhead. I use them all the time except when I go dry with Mike Sturza's Steelhead Muddler, which he ties on the same hook. In fact, the first time I saw the hook was at Mike's "Lost Creek Fly Shop" down in Onalaska.

    Mumbles,

    As for winter fish, the jury is still out on the Fat Flies. I have been using the Fat Brat in low clear water when I'm the first through. I'll try to close with it the next time I get a pluck.

    Leland.
     
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    What the heck. Here's the kind of thing I've been working on.
     
  10. Richard Torres

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    Nice flies guys! (Say that fast 5 times...)

    Great idea using egg hooks and tying them miniature Leland. I'll have to tie myself up some.
     

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