First steelhead flies I've tied

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  1. CLO

    CLO Future WFF Mod

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    Will these catch steelhead and what should I do to improve them? They are supposed to be like a hobo Spey.
     
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    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    yes they'll catch steelhead. Remember, the darn things eat pink worms and glowballs.

    As for improvement, work on lessening the amount of thread at the head of the fly. With the Hobo Spey, mix in some Marabou at the top end of the fly so there's more movement.

    Keep on tying!
     
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    marabou a the best steelhead material that i know. gives a lot of live to any fly. they will work well. but yes the thread head it a big one not just for looks but if give lots of exposure for the fish to rip up the thread if you don't glue the entire head.
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    CLO Future WFF Mod

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    Thanks for the input guys. I have tied up a few more but need some practice still.
     
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    CLO Future WFF Mod

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    What about these? I should have tied marabou heads but I just learned how.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Those would certainly catch fish.
     
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    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    CLO Future WFF Mod

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    Yeah I just realized this and the mono loops are too small to get the hook out. It's been a tough learning curve..
     
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    those will definitely work.
     
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    I added some marabou collars and turned the hook around: [​IMG]
     
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    now your talkin
     
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    true
     
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    If it really mattered to you , and if you could get the hook back into the vise - you could always go back and fill in the gaps around the eyes by using some dubbing .
     
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    grandy estaz works great to. or a long fiber chenille