Stillwater Steelhead, can indicator fishing actually work

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Drifter, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Drifter

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  2. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    You are a dirty, dirty, man. Nice work!
     
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    Nice work Mark! I see your book title: Stillwater Strategies for Steelhead.

    Treat 'em like the overgrown rainbows they are.
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Oh yeah, don't forget to take me next time, and I'll help you get better pictures :)
     
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    Great Post, I look forward to the follow up. Stillwater King fishing!
     
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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    whats a bloody mary fly with rubber legs look like ....So I can keep an eye out for it.
     
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    Nice job. I've wondered about indicators from time to time. Usually after hours of trying to figure what depth they are suspended at. Definitely an efficient way to keep the fly in the zone - almost permanently. Seems like I get bit at about the same point of the retrieve which make me wonder how long the fly is fishing on each cast. Are you doing any kind of retrieve, or just letting the fly suspend with wave action/drift?

    Haven't hooked a B-run yet but have only been up there twice this year. There should also be some silvers showing up soon, they can be frustrating to hook, but have gotten them at times on a small red pattern I use. Guessing the Bloody Mary fly is also red - good color choice, it's about all I use.
     
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    avec rubber legs of course.
     
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    Yup, that'll do.
     
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    Kraniger does it again !! The research you put in and the results are awesome ! Great job ! I need to get my ass over there ! 23 rd. man 23 rd !!!
     
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    I'm no purist either but never had much luck soaking shrimp. I do use a timer also. Didn't for years and counting down got tedious to say the least. I've caught silver's and a few chinook on the same fly I use for steelhead. Tried using bigger flies when the chinook were in thick but they never seemed interested. The little flies work on chinook - even the big boys. Early morning is the ticket for chinook. Silvers just have to be in the mood. If you figure that out please let me know.


    BTW which side of the river are you fishing? We've probably crossed paths sometime in the last two decades.
     
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    We've crossed paths for sure (sent you a PM.) Quit fishing Herman about 10 years ago. I can handle fishing with company but it was ridiculous even then.

    BTW, that looks like a good pattern for those fisheries but I prefer something a bit sparser and with some movement:

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