Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Caveman, Jul 27, 2012.
And what flies do you use then.
Silvers can be hot or cold, hit or miss. They seem more moody than other salmon and can go off the bite with a severe case of lockjaw. Other times, they can be very aggressive.
Rather than a traditional swing for them like steelhead, think more about stripping erratically to entice strikes. Flies with lots of flash and movement.
IMO and you use a bobber on the Skagit - your a fuckin tool. That system has so much water that will hold fish with a tight line its unreal.
My suggestion is 12 feet of T-14 or -12 feet of Type VI and 15ft of Type VI will work on many runs. You may have to go to Type III and mess around with weighted flies. I don't target salmon but have got my share in that time.
Good Luck and have fun up there - its a great time of year to be on that river, you can learn a lot for the winter steelhead season then.
I just bought some property on the river so im looking forward to fishing it
Where is your property located?
Best fly for Skagit steelhead? Must be a marabou streamer cuz you can tie a bunch real quick and not sweat fishing them down close to the rocks and losing a few, or a lot. Or, if you have time and materials to spare, tie full dress Atlantic salmon flies. They'll work almost as well.
The winter steelhead aren't choosy. In order I've caught the majority of mine on marabou streamers, a simplified almost GP, and an orange spider. All in sizes 2 and 4.
Vastly more important than fly pattern is where and how to fish a fly.
Back to the fly stuff.... A Skagit Minnow has been doing the trick for a long time. You can tie it in any color combo you like and works on just about anything:
that one !
A sparkplug intruder in purple is popular with the locals
For the traditional look go with an older AC Delco pulled from the junk '63 Ford flatbed in my backyard.
Mr. Kinney mentioned it, but this fly can do some serious work on predatory browns and bows as well. No box is complete without one or four of these bad boys.
It's actually become my go to fly for just about anything and I agree that a fly box should contain a couple. Anything that eats other fish usually can't leave one alone... I bet they'd even work right dandy for bass.
Without a doubt.