Steelhead Nymphs

#1
For those of you who don't have an objection to nymphing for steel... what are your go to flies? Looking to fill the boxes and I need some ideas!
 
#3
I always like a big prince, dark stoneflys, big PTs, ES Leech...stuff like that. Trail a nymph with a glo bug or smaller PT for your dual fly setup.
 

g_smolt

Recreational User
#4
depends on what run, what system, etc...start with glo-bugs, then branch out from there.

The secret words for the day are...(drumroll)...Hue, Contrast, and Silhouette.

Make sure your fly box has several different silhouettes, with different hues and contrast values. Take notes on which ones work in what conditions, and over time you will notice a pattern forming.

If you are just starting to nymph, do yourself a favor and learn to do it without the bobber...err, Indicator. Not saying they are bad, just limiting in quite a few situations.

IMHO and YMMV,
Mark
 
#5
:thumb:Yup! read that one (a few times!!). Guess I'm on the right track. Just wondered if there were any 'secret' flies I was missing.

If you are just starting to nymph, do yourself a favor and learn to do it without the bobber...err, Indicator. Not saying they are bad, just limiting in quite a few situations.
Thanks Mark. So are you saying to 'tightline' or just 'swing' the nymphs?
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#6
You're really asking for it steelie:D

When I nymph on the eastside (Methow) I just use natural nymphs-like Prince nymphs and small stones for droppers. The difference however, is that they get spruced up with rubber legs and radioactive coloring (chartruese stones). The tool fly usually ends up being insignificant aside from weight and attraction. A yuk bug is a great steelhead tool fly.

My go to nymph on the west side was always a single egg pattern, my favorite being the calberro. (sp.)
 

JS

Active Member
#8
I usually lead with a heavy kaufmans stone, cactus caddis, prince or girdle bug. Then follow up with a bead, glo bug (out of mcfly foam...that stuff is money) smaller cactus caddis, pt flashback, or one of many others. My new favorite lead fly though is an egg imitation that has heavy dumbell eyes and is wrapped in eztaz (sp?) that sparkly chenelle type material.
Peace out
skeels
 

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#12
Here is one with a shuck because... I prefer a shuck...

beadhead
green antron wrap on the butt
some head hunter magnum yarn
then i use a lighter pink yarn for a "halo" or maribou for the shuck which is long enough to wrap around the egg and waft seductively in the turbulence behind the egg

 

g_smolt

Recreational User
#13
Thanks Mark. So are you saying to 'tightline' or just 'swing' the nymphs?
Both will work, but learn the downstream "C" tip mend, then upstream with the rest of your line, and use the line as an indicator.

Mending to an indicator has its advantages occasionally, but the fixation on "surface" vs "whats actually going on below" is a big problem w/indicator fishing.

I'm gonna be in town (westside) for a few days around the 16th-18th...I will pm ya, mebbe we go hit an s-river and check it out.
 
#15
You're really asking for it steelie:D

When I nymph on the eastside (Methow) I just use natural nymphs-like Prince nymphs and small stones for droppers. The difference however, is that they get spruced up with rubber legs and radioactive coloring (chartruese stones). The tool fly usually ends up being insignificant aside from weight and attraction. A yug bug is a great steelhead tool fly.

My go to nymph on the west side was always a single egg pattern, my favorite being the calberro. (sp.)
My jaw just dropped :). Adam said nymph and steelhead and that he does it. G Smolt hit it on the head and the examples Fred added I have used with success here in WA, OR and CA. Caballero eggs are also great swinging flies when tied on straight eyed hooks. Remember you do not always need an indicator to fish nymphs though. A dead drift presentation, swing and twitch can be deadly too.