Does anyone still use this great winter steelhead fly?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Dave McNeese, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    Wow - fly arrived and I'm beyond impressed. As Davy suggested, 65lb test minimum. <g> Beautiful fly I will certainly enjoy fishing this coming spring season.

    The colors in this fly really work together. Examine in a dark room with different back-lighting and you'll see what I mean!

    Thanks Dave -this should be an interesting experiment!

    Brian
     
  2. Norseman1

    Norseman1 Spey Fishing the Mighty Columbia......

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    Got the flies Dave.

    Thanks very much, they are wonderful, and will no doubt get a good workout. Whenever I finish this basement drywalling:beathead: :beathead:

    Thanks so much for the artwork. I will send you some of the Coquihalla series of Tommy Brayshaws era. Nice to see the oldies still working their magic.

    Thanks again, you send flies to a total stranger who simply wants to fish a legend....it speaks well of your character sir. I tip my hat to you

    Best regards
    Paul
     
  3. Big Tuna

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    I received mine as well and would echo the sentiments of others...beautiful fly and what a generous act. I had the added pleasure of talking at length with Dave about the experiment. Fascinating and illuminating conversation. I learned a great deal, not just about the UV/florescent effect, but a great deal more. Thanks, Dave:beer2:
     
  4. Steve Rohrbach

    Steve Rohrbach Puget Sound Fly Fisher

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    Tuna, I shared the topic of my in-depth conversation with Dave with a friend who is the former head of the National Zoo in Washington DC. He is going to do some additional research and feature the topic in an informal monthly newsletter that he shares with friends and colleagues. I will forward you a copy when it is published Dave.

    Best regards, Steve
     
  5. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    After a brief conversation with Dave I plan on using this fly extensively this comming year on the Gaspe. This is going to be a great experiment. I'm currently trying to recruit some more help with this from the locals up there.
     
  6. Big Tuna

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    Steve,
    I'd appreciate that. Thanks.

    Jon
     
  7. o mykiss

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    This pattern can be found in Randy Stetzer's Best 1000 Flies (I think that's the title, or some variation of that). I've tied it and fished it, to no avail. But that can be said of virtually every fly I've tied and fished for winter steelhead.:(
     
  8. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    The idea of flourecense and strike behavior will be interesting to see. The male and female Atlantic Salmon (salmo salar) of the Gaspe peninsula come into the rivers at different times of the year. This will allow me to affectively fish this fly to both males and females. It is interesting to me the effectivness of certain flies on certain fish. Dave are you able to use this material on different patterns?

    as for the flies for the study I need a size 2 for early season high water fish and a size 6 or 8 if possible for summer low water fish.
     
  9. speyfisher

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    What a great offer from one of the steelhead greats! PM sent. I would be honored to fish this fly in my local waters. Please make it on the small side. We are 150+ river miles from the sea. This is going to be interesting as those of us who swing the classic style flies are definitely in the minority around here.
     
  10. Davy

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    Seems that way, doesn't it?
     
  11. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Well Davy, Speyfisher, Classic patterns are still used in my neck of the woods. Thank God for that. I did however pull out an intruder this winter for some great lakes steel.
     
  12. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    At some point the rivers will be swingable around here! I've tried to do it a few times, but overall the days I could get out were only during high water times, so I had to "crick" it.... Geez, maybe this weekend will offer a respite from the rain and a chance to use that fly!!!!!
     
  13. Davy

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    'bought 2 lbs of lead and a spinNglo the size of an apple is the ticket here right now
     
  14. Happy Gilmore

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    If I'm not too late I'd love to test out the fly. Just finished a job change that'll see me with notably more fishing time (finally!) and I've got a steelhead trip to Yakoun in a few weeks I'm bouncing off the walls about (still a steelie virgin!).

    Great to see such a generous offer. I've been on the receiving end and giving end riverside of successful flies of the day for salmon species and it'd be great to see that becoming more and more the norm in general.

    PM sent.
     
  15. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Got my first report back on the Drain 20.

    Fishing conditions

    7'-8' of clarity
    small Washington coastal stream
    air temp 40 degrees F
    time 3:00 afternoon
    weather was partly cloudy with a slight haze in the air

    The fly worked great as I finally got a chance to swing a fly. The run was a very short, very shallow run on a Washington stream. The water was *very* clear and we saw several darker steelhead in the run. Overall the brightness of the afternoon was pretty average, and the trees overhead lent the run to a darker kind of feel. Since the water was so clear, I decided to use a smaller profile fly. Swinging the fly the 3rd time around, a nice sized buck chased and smashed the fly. After landing the fish, I swung the fly several more times and got lots of fish chasing but no takes. It was neat to see the chase, but dissapointing not to have another hookup. I did change flies to something darker, but that particular fly only had a couple of fish even look at it. I was relatively amazed that the fish took especially since they probably felt harassed.