Scent and Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by wet line, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Wd 40 sprayed up and down the line and on the fly very liberaly is a great way to get those metal heads on the line. Its also sweet because the fish always take the fly really really deep, so you have to "let them eat it" but then you will never loose them. The wd40 puts out a sweet chum slick that oils up the whole river, you should try it sometime, great for the environment.
     
  2. Chris Allen

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    I've always wondered about inadvertant scents that I've put on my flies like sweat and natural body oils having some affect on the fishing. I've read studies that showed pacific salmon being able to detect morpholine at concentrations of 5x10^-5th mg per liter of water. I've also heard of instances of where salmon pile up at a wier, and some person simply dips their arm in the water just upstream and out of visual range, and the salmon freak out and high-tail it downstream.
     
  3. Davy

    Davy Active Member

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    nuthin beats Elizabeth Taylors White Diamonds for those big Sauk bucks in early March :beer2:
     
  4. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    Going about as you expected Dave?

    Hows that broken leg coming along? :mad:
     
  5. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    Uh Oh...Steve has a day off. Yep, works great, as long as you dont tell your fishing buddy that the sandwiches are in HIS pack!
     
  6. Flyfishsteel

    Flyfishsteel New Member

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    Leave your stonefly nymph patterns in a jar full of REAL stoneflies for a week. You can't get any better scent than this! Better than power bait!
     
  7. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope, never EVER put scent on my flies. If I'm swinging a flyrod, it's no scent at all. Now, on my gear rods, that's a different story (and even then, keep the scents down when I'm fishing jigs, etc).
     
  8. Florian Leischner

    Florian Leischner o_clarki

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    Apparently there are certain things that make fly fishing...well..fly fishing, such as:
    Fishing rods: Graphite good, bamboo even better.
    Fishing line: Horse hair best, plastic, ok. monofilament, no,unless it is the leader...or the running line,... or the tippet.
    WD-40 on you flyline= bad, Armor All = o.k., Orivs brand line cleaner = good
    Split shots= mmmmm...o.k. in Washington, bad in Oregon
    Shrimp oil = bad, Synthetic fly tying material= who cares
    Glo-in-the-dark material = bad; Pink, Chartreuse and flourescent orange = good
    Glo bugs and san Juan worms = great; eggs and worms = yuck !
    Dry fly fishing for steelhead = a must. Weigthed fly with sink tip = flossing, i.e. bad

    Do I have it right ?

    ;)
     
  9. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I'm with Jerry. I gear fish and try to fly fish for steelhead, but I won't defile my flyrod or ruin my flies by purposely applying scent. I try to remember to rinse my hands in the river before I change flies.

    I don't have a problem with going back to the gear/bait at times for targeting hatchery fish, but never on a flyrod!
    I'll use scent, sandshrimp, or roe with a corkie and yarn setup or a jig when using my spinning rod. I don't put scent(oil screws up the marabou or rabbit) or roe(rarely use roe anymore...didn't cure any eggs at all this year) on a jig, but sometimes a fresh sandshrimp tail(I tube 'em up myself, always a fun low-tide trip to the mudflats in the bay).
    I'll carry my flyrod and also my spinning rod rigged with a jig/float. If I see some water I think may be holding a fish that I can't present a fly to, but can still flick a jig/float into, I'll set down the flyrod, pick up the other gear and have at it.
    So what if that makes me a Heathen Infidel!:p

    Jimbo
     
  10. Monk

    Monk Redneck

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    I just take a piss on all my flies right after I whip finish and cement. ;)
     
  11. Davy

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    so that was the strong odor when you got out of your car:p
     
  12. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I rode in his car and it smelled like he had a distillery in the back seat. But it was a pleasant smell. It brought back many memories. bawling:

    Jim
     
  13. nomlasder

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    Dave, you should of asked for some poxy and sawdust before you left Sunday, if I knew you planned to flavor your flies.
     
  14. Banzai

    Banzai FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs

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    But how does one remove the scent of skunk from your gear? :)
     
  15. PT

    PT Physhicist

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    Just don't put it there int the first place......:thumb: