Favorite flies for winter steelhead

#33
I fish 2 or 3 flies all winter....Black boss with either an orange or red schlappen collar, bunny leeches of various colors articulated or not and liquifilled woolie buggers (I get the pattern and matterial from Bjorn at The Fly Fisher in Lacey)....
I feel the most confidence with the liquifilled flies mainly because I like tying them the most I think but they catch fish like no ones business and that works for me......I prefer not to fish small flies though because I believe that Steelhead and Salmon are territorial and that anything that comes along and threatens to take there spot behind a nice rock or wherever is most likely gonna get popped....:ray1:

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Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
#34
My bosses use marabou jigs to absolutely murder everything from chinook to pinks to src to steelhead, and those things are more simple than any fly I've seen. It's just a chunk of marabou tied to a jighead. I'm gonna just try the flesh fly in various colors, and use lead-free split shot.
 

Steve Buckner

Mother Nature's Son
#36
John Hicks said:
Wow, everyone has a lot of input on what works and so far I see that everything works if fished right to the right spot at the exact right time under the right light with your mouth held just right. So with all of that said this is my go to fly. I haven't fished it yet but this winter it is going to get a lot of use. :beer1:

John Hicks
John,
Nice fly!

The only point I'd empasize about this conversation is that you'll also want some large flies (2-2/0) if/when the Olympic Peninsula rivers are a little "steelhead green" and the visibility isn't the greatest. The "popsicle" and/or "spun maribou" patterns in purple, black, (or purple/black) orange/white, orange, cerise, and other combinations will come in handy. Mostly you're just trying to give the fish something it can see and something that has movement that will entice a strike.

If you want to get fancy, as mentieonved previously, try tying some s'ey flies. Check out John Shewey's "Spey flies and Dee flies". It's an excellent reference if you want to head down that path.
 

John Hicks

Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits
#38
Steve Buckner said:
John,
Nice fly!

The only point I'd empasize about this conversation is that you'll also want some large flies (2-2/0) if/when the Olympic Peninsula rivers are a little "steelhead green" and the visibility isn't the greatest. The "popsicle" and/or "spun maribou" patterns in purple, black, (or purple/black) orange/white, orange, cerise, and other combinations will come in handy. Mostly you're just trying to give the fish something it can see and something that has movement that will entice a strike.

If you want to get fancy, as mentieonved previously, try tying some s'ey flies. Check out John Shewey's "Spey flies and Dee flies". It's an excellent reference if you want to head down that path.
:thumb: How does this popsicle look?
 

Steve Buckner

Mother Nature's Son
#39
Nicely done. ptyd

I've been using the Gamakatsu T10-6H series for all of my flies for the past 3-4 years. Without question, they are the best hooks I've found for steelhead/salmon/sea-run cutthroat. As you may be aware, you can get them in a variety of colors. The metal on these hooks keep them sharp, I'm always amazed at how sharp the hooks stays after some pretty good abuse on the bottom. The metal also sharpens a dulled hook right back into shape.
 

James Mello

Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"
#43
John Hicks said:
:eek: James is just jealous that I have a bigger pole than he does. Pure pole envy I tell ya. :rofl:
I'd say talk to Julia, but that would be bad, it might cause a bit of internet envy ;) Also, personally I don't care if your pole is bigger... at least I know where mines been! (Hint when you get your new rod, don't smell the butt end) :)

PS That was a really nice popsicle. In the time you've tied a bunch of nice flies, I've got 2 shrimp, an egg sucking leach, and a purple bugger... *NONE* of them look nearly as nice as that popsicle ;) BTW, I heard that Steve and Triggs both really like glo bugs... Make sure you tie LOTS of those!
 

John Hicks

Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits
#44
I picked up a brand new pack of treble hooks and a spool of 60lbs test. I've decided that fly fishing is just too difficult. I'm going to just dredge the pools for steels with about four trebles tied on the 60lb mono.

;)
 

Steve Buckner

Mother Nature's Son
#45
John Hicks said:
I picked up a brand new pack of treble hooks and a spool of 60lbs test. I've decided that fly fishing is just too difficult. I'm going to just dredge the pools for steels with about four trebles tied on the 60lb mono.

;)
You're going to want to use an extremely fast retrieve...:p :p :p