Steelhead Swap - Reinterpret The Classics

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  1. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Bjorn - yer' in! I'll leave it open through the weekend to see if the last couple slots fill and then we're closed!

    T.
     
  2. Trevor Thorp

    Trevor Thorp Happy to be home in the NW

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    I will take one of those last spots.
     
  3. Thomas Mitchell

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    OK...

    I've closed the swap. A month to get them done!

    If you don't mind, post a sentence or so with how you came up with the pattern and I'll include it with the photograph for the swap gallery.

    Grayone wins the prize for fastest tier. I got his Steelhead Adams a few days ago. The look very good!

    T.
     
  4. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    OK, I have mine done...Tied up my articulated version of the "classic" egg-sucking leach. No NW fly box should be with out this tried and true pattern.
    Actually I combined the idea of the Green Butt Skunk, Black Leach, and ESL into this pattern for the swap.
    They may not be everyone's idea of a true "Classic Steelhead Fly" but Steelies as well as Salmon and Bulltrout, like 'em and have consistently smashed them, here and in Alaska.
    I swing them on a sinking or intermediate line.
    Once you see how they move underwater you'll understand why they work as well as they do. But hey, don't take my word for it, just tie one on this winter!

    LB
     
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Grayone and Papafsh are done and I've not decided yet. I'm the slacker of the group, but I will have them in Thomas' hands by the deadline. I have a couple of ideas that I want to try out on the vice and maybe get wet to see if they give me that fishy feeling.
     
  6. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    CRAP! I didn't see this one until it was too late. Looks like a great swap! Have fun and I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
     
  7. Thomas Mitchell

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    You & me both. I've done a couple prototypes but I'm not quite ready for mass replication...

    Mine will be an updated version of the Irish shrimp fly "Wye Bug" done in the same basic colors as Walter Johnson's famous pattern, the "Deep Purple Spey".

    T.
     
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    From Webster: Classic - serving as a standard of excellence : of recognized value

    If you think about numbers of anadromous fish taken in the PNW, it's hard to think of another fly with more 'recognized value' than an ESL. Combine that with a GBS color palette and I think you're hit the bullseye for the intent of this swap.

    Looking forward to dragging one of those through some buckets!

    T.
     
  9. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay, I believe what I've done is bastardized a Lady Caroline's dainty drabness and will be reinterpreting her with things like a long shank, articulated (probably dressed) hook and some non-traditional materials that present a similar drab color scheme. No photos yet, but I'll get the production moving so as not to be the last one done of the group.
     
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    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Thomas,
    I didn't see your mailing address mentioned? where can I send the fly's.

    LB
     
  11. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    Adams stinger fly.............simply put, I have always wanted to catch a steelhead on an Adams fly..........this is my steelhead version
     
  12. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I'll fish that!
     
  13. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    So the articulated with dressed hook tied on a waddington really ended up looking horrible. I then progressed to this number. I hope they'll fish and not disappoint.

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  14. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Looks like there are going to be some great fly's in this swap!
    Mailed mine out today, but they will probably look like crap after being smashed in the envelope.

    LB
     
  15. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I took a classic hair wing pattern( Al'sSpecial), and turned it into a spey style fly. Al was a well known fisher and tier( Knudsons Spider), who used to haunt the stilly and skagit.