What are the must have flies for your Spey arsenal?

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  1. spey101

    spey101 Chris Hunt

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    As a person new to Spey casting and fly fishing in general, I am pretty overwhelmed by the variety of flies, literally thousands. So I am trying to harvest the combined knowledge and experience of you all.

    I know this is broad question so I'll narrow it a bit to flies for Steelhead.

    Thanks for you help.
     
  2. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    How about narrow it down to Summer or Winter Steelhead. That might help a lot!
     
  3. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Egg sucking leech.


    That's really about it.
     
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    Salmo_g Active Member

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    Late summer and fall: Spade, size 6. A steelhead caddis or some such for skating dries, size 6.

    The rest of the year, streamers that strike my fancy, some bright colors, some dark, size 4, 2, maybe some larger.

    Remember we're talking here about a fish that is known to strike everything that has ever been tried, including cigarette filters and butts.

    Sg
     
  5. Joe Smolt

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    The fly can be the least important factor, so don't sweat it.

    Winter - make a bunch of marabou flies of different weights. Easy to tie and no concern losing them. You can try to tie all kinds of flies, but in the end it is all about confidence. Look how it swims in the water. Chose the swimmiest fly and have confidence in it. Select fly weight for depth you want to fish.

    Summer - I like to tie very buggy looking flies in small sizes size 8 through size 4. I often tie an undertaker or a variation of a green butt skunk. Have one extra small fly of a different color as a possible change up fly after a grab.

    I recently read the comment that true steelheaders carry remarkably few fly types. I can relate to that.

    Joe
     
  6. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    I like black, or black and red wooly buggers in summer, and bunny leeches in winter, usually black and blue. I've been tying up some intruders for this winter though, just for shits and giggles, and they are easier to toss.
     
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    spey101 Chris Hunt

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    I'll be focusing mostly on Winter Steelhead to start. I'm just looking to get a general sense of what works so I can work on improving my casting rather worry about the type of fly I'm flinging.
     
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    What ever my fishing partner has in his fly box.

    A good one for winter fish is the general practioner. I like to carry orange, purple, black and red.
     
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    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    It REALLY doesn't matter honestly. Color might matter a little bit, but that's about it. It's anyone's guess what a winter fish is going to hit on the swing. Sometimes it's anything, usually it's nothing at all. But they're not feeding, so it's not like you can key in on something. I've had awesome luck swinging black egg sucking leeches. I see no reason to change that.
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    intruders.
     
  11. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    intruders, MOALs, ESLs, and a few spey flies.
     
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    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    THe hobo spyder
     
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    I like Intruders, especially in Olive with a red head.
     
  14. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    pretty well got it covered there... intruders being my personal favorite. Maybe the Skagit Minnow as well.
     
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    I can most often be found swinging shrimp patterns like the General Practitioner, but my short list also includes flys such as the Metal Detector, Green Butt Skunk and Hoh Bo Spey. Orange, red, blue and black are my favorite colors.
     
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    I I only has five flies to fish all year it would be these:

    Popsicle moal
    blue/black moal
    Green Butt Skunk
    GP
    Muddler
     
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    MOLE all day every day.
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    When I get my two hander I will try MOAL leechs again,but on my singke hander, they just get too damn heavy to cast. Rabibt fur does look great underwater, but rhea is a good wiggler too.
     
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    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

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    What they all said and maybe something different. What ever looks good to you will help to give you confidense, and then play with sizes and colors and weights. They gave you the reasons and most of the colors and sizes Now you have to go fish and see what the fish react to. Good luck Happy fishin!!
     
  20. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    Black bunny strip on a hook is hard to beat. The Hoh bo spey rocks as well, and anything with marabou is good for me, but as most said, it really doesn't matter. I would just have a selection of 4 styles: Big and Dark, Big and Bright, Small and Dark, Small and Bright.
     

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