hooksize for steelhead


Left handed Gemini.
I'm going to be tying up some flies for steelhead and I'm wondering what would be the best sizes to start with, lets say you could only use 2 sizes for winter fishing what would they be?


The dumb kid
I've found, in the LONG run, the best sizes for me are a down eye diiachi in a 4 longshank, and a heavy wire scud type in about a 6. i do alot of egg pattern stuff in the winter, and the bigger diiachi is great for marabou patterns, as well as leeches. i dont like using either the up-eyed hooks or bigger irons, found both catch rates and fish mortaily are negativly affected. :confused:

just a humble mans opinion, what works for some does not work for all.

of course.. nothing wrong with a #2 octupus hook as a stinger on a 5" string leech ptyd

Jeremy Husby

Is there a Vahalla for fishermen?
The two hooks would be Mustad 36890 in #2 & #4, you can 100 cnt. for $12 and thy are stronger and can sharpen easier then any high carbon. The wire size .039" which is just hair bigger then daiichi or gamu (.037). This is a page I have been working on for a bit and it could or could not change some ones mind about Daiichi or Gamakatsu.


As for fish mortality, don't go over a 1/0 and if using a up eye make sure that you tie a knot that is meant for a UE hook, not a clinch or worlds fair rather a double Turle or this knot.


This will keep point down and direct pressure to spear of the hook parallel to the shank and line.
I never use larger than a 4. If I want a longer fly, I articulate it. I have not found that "larger profile" flies have been as productive for me. Maybe I suck though who knows.

I have also heard bad things about mortality about hooks much larger than that about mortality, so I suppose that effects my considerations.


Left handed Gemini.
hey thanks for the responses and the numbers 2 and 4 sound pretty good to me very castable with my rod and I'm fairly sure I have materials to match.