whats the best steelhead flies to use

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Travis France, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. So i have been fly fishing for 4 years now and i really want to catch a steelhead. This is my top goal this winter. I went down to the green at flaming and the fish are in but cant get any to bit. Whats a great fly and how would you fish it? and would you use floating or sink?

    Thanks for the help
  2. Any fly that you have extreme confidence in. For winter time fish it slow it and deep. The debate regarding best flies for steelhead has been going on for well over a hundred years. The inhabitants along the Spey river that fished sparse drab flies snubbed their noses at the bright goudy flies that came in under the Irish influence. Time has shown that both catch fish.

    There is a general rule that is accepted in many circles that says high low visibility water use a large dark fly and low clear water use a sparse bright fly. The thought being that the silhouette of a large dark fly is more easily seen in high cloudy water and therefore increases the chances of a take.
  3. :rofl::rofl:

    Welcome to steelheading! No...seriously...welcome to steelheading.

    TD gives good advice though.
  4. Do Steelhead really really exist?
    Or are they merely a myth that exist in the
    feverish mind of the housebound fisher?
  5. You are close. Steelhead are a myth developed and perpetuated by guides and tackle makers to get you to spend your money on trips and equipment.
  6. usually I discover the best fly is the one on my fishing buddies leader,
  7. I would make the choice of a heavy fly with plenty of motion, and fish it in a different river...
  8. Well they all seem to NOT catch fish equally!

    Keep it simple! Lately I have gone to marabou flies. Easy to tie and lots of motion. I don't feel too bad breaking one off on a log or folding a point over on a rock. Solid pink, solid black. pink and purple, black and blue.

    Spey and Dee flies are pretty to look at but it takes a lot of time to tie them and consequently I don't fish down near the bottom with them. One good snag be it log or rock and an hour of tying time wasted along with a few dollars of materials. Intruders tied on a tube and easily replaceable hooks is an option favored by many.

    Or you can get down and dirty and peg a bead under a bobber! Some actually consider it fly fishing!

    Probably your best odds are with a center pin reel and rod and float a jig under a float. There is more technique there than meets the eye!


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