Turks Tarantula For Steelhead?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by cmann886, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. cmann886 Active Member

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    Richland Wa
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    Has anyone used a TT as a skating fly for steel head? It works well as an all purpose fly for trout and at the end of a drift seems to produce a noticeable wake if the tension is light enough. Any other suggestions for a simple to tie waking fly?
  2. Idaho steel Active Member

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    I don't see why it wouldn't work, although I've never tried one. A plain 'ol muddler minnow is a great skater, as is a riffle hitched wet fly. In faster, choppier water the riffle hitched streamer can be harder to see...
  3. Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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  4. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    inland
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    why not, its basically a hi-vis muddler. i have some #4 and 6 black and orange ones. i think i'll try em next time i fish water not in the thirties. thanks for the idea.
  5. miyawaki Active Member

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    I almost always use an orange Turcks Tarantula for steelhead. I once hooked and landed two wild fish in 20 minutes on the Klickitat on #6 TT.

    Leland.
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  6. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    not that I've got a steelhead on a dry yet but, TTs work very well swinging for bow up here
  7. Andy D Member

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    I don't fish many dries for steelhead, but that is my favorite src dry
  8. Tacoma Red Active Member

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    I would agree that tied with a red floss body it has worked very well for SRC. Somewhat as a dry fly variant of a Spruce Fly.
  9. doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    And a fine day that was. Remember that frisky steelie that ran about 50 yards up and across river after he felt the hook?