The Streak comes to an end!

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Rob Blomquist, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA.
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    I took today off (its my birthday!) and headed up to the north fork of the
    Stilly for a little fishin'.

    I kicked off my day fishing at the "Elbow Hole" (I use quotes as the
    river is not the same as it was before the Deer Creek Slide when the Elbow
    Hole was named). I fished through the pool with a Purple Peril on a dry line
    to no avail. Just yesterday, I was talking to a buddy that just caught an
    obscene number of fish in the Sky on Saturday (like 2 steelies, and 6 bull
    trout) and he suggested that after fishing a deep pool or run for steelies, I
    ought to take a pass with a sinking line and a bead head bugger for bulls.

    So I did. And on my first cast with this rig I hooked up. About a 10 minute
    grunting fight later I landed a beautiful 25" native hen steelie! I took a
    picture and let her take off.

    So after 2 years of trying to catch a steelie on the fly, I succeed. And it
    was in 1975 when I took my first steelie on the fly in the original Elbow
    Hole.

    Not a bad way to spend my birthday. I think I need to make this an annual
    event.

    Rob

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  2. pwoens Active Member

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    So after fishing the surface, you went to a sink tip with a bead head wooly bugger and caught the Steelie?? I will have to try that this coming weekend. What color, size, ect.. was the BH wooly and how deep was your line, if you dont mind me asking?? Are you gonna post the pic? Im extremely envious. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 25th right?? :THUMBSUP

    ~Patrick
  3. wheelbarrow New Member

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    Seattle, WA.
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    Congratulations and happy birthday!
  4. Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    I was using a home tied bugger, olive with olive grizzly in a size 6. These buggers had flash tails, where the holo flashabou stuck back about 1/2" behind the marabou tail.

    I wasn't picky about the color, I chose based on the bead. I used a 9' 3x leader on a type 2 sink tip. I was casting upstream to help the fly to sink in the run.

    Quite frankly, I don't know if it were the tail or the depth or the size of the bugger. But heck a steelie to hand, beats 2 in the river.

    And unfortunaly, its not my 25th, its my 41st.
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    Genetic pollution damages wild
    stocks, bonk those Hatchery Zombies!