If you had to pick two and only two...

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  1. plecoptera419

    plecoptera419 Active Member

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    This is quite interesting. The reason why I asked was that yesterday I set out to tie up some new patterns for the S river boxes. I had the idea in mind that I would pick two patterns, one light, and one dark. Well I wound up spending most of my day trying to narrow it down to two patterns and really got not much done. Just thought I would see if the brain trust could help me narrow it down.

    And yes I very much understand it isn't about the flies so much. That is unless the rivers are blown out and I'm looking for something to do.
     
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    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    I'll amend my post for woolly buggers AND squidros.
     
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    Winter fish....
    Dark - Black or purple egg sucking leech with a chartreuse head
    Light - Light pink bunny Moal
     
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    Winter: My own big black and blue hair wing, and a red and orange marabou spey

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    I don't think the question makes sense. Well maybe it does if the point is to avoid obsessing about carrying 100 different steelhead fly patterns as if that's gonna' be the key to your success. Rather than picking two different fly patterns, I think the steelhead angler may be better served by having two contrastingly different flies, as in say, a large fly and a small fly. That makes far more sense than choosing between a Winter's Hope, Fall Favorite, and an Egg-Sucking Leech. In that context I'll bring my summer run box, mostly full of Spades in size 6 and a zip lock of marabou streamers, but they're not all the same color. Does that mean they are different patterns? The downside of being restricted to two is that I would have to fore go a waking dry fly, and that just doesn't make sense at this time of the year.

    Sg
     
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    I think it is kind of foolish to limit oneself to just two flies but if I were forced to do so my I would opt for -

    A Haig-brown steelhead bee for waking - it is just to much fun not to have a waking pattern and if limited to one the "bee" has some history and has produced lots of fish for me.

    The other would be my own "winter sculpin"; essentially a modified muddler with a widgeon shoulder feather for a hackle behind the spun head in a mixture of black and chocolate to match the color of our winter sculpins. Has been an effective pattern for me and has accounted for my 5 largest winter steelhead.

    Curt
     
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    muddler and a skunk no question about it.
     
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    I don't use beads, but that's funny!
     
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    Summer/Fall: my own version of an October Caddis-type, Winter: my version of a pink marabou (I like it tied on a size 1 salmon/steelhead hook, don't really like lies with stingers...I feel like I should be casting those with a spinning rod or something, or just using a spoon....makes no sense, I know, but it is what it is.
     
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    Hmm since my home river has salmon and steelhead both almost year around I'd have to pick the Undertaker & the Klickitat
     
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    Greased liner and a Sol Duc Spey.
     
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    The Lady Caroline's a complicated tie based on the youtube videos I've seen. Does any shop sell them? Waters West perhaps?
     
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    1. Purple/Black egg sucking leech tied by me in various sizes.

    2. Olive Skagit Minnow with some chartreuse touches tied by me in various sizes.

    The reason I say tied by me is that do some stuff to greatly enhance movement and add very subtle flash.

    3. If I had one would be a black foam dry fly skater of some sort.