What are the must have flies for your Spey arsenal?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by spey101, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. EarlyRiser

    EarlyRiser New Member

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    I I only has five flies to fish all year it would be these:

    Popsicle moal
    blue/black moal
    Green Butt Skunk
    GP
    Muddler
     
  2. Blake Harmon

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    MOLE all day every day.
     
  3. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    When I get my two hander I will try MOAL leechs again,but on my singke hander, they just get too damn heavy to cast. Rabibt fur does look great underwater, but rhea is a good wiggler too.
     
  4. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

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    What they all said and maybe something different. What ever looks good to you will help to give you confidense, and then play with sizes and colors and weights. They gave you the reasons and most of the colors and sizes Now you have to go fish and see what the fish react to. Good luck Happy fishin!!
     
  5. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    Black bunny strip on a hook is hard to beat. The Hoh bo spey rocks as well, and anything with marabou is good for me, but as most said, it really doesn't matter. I would just have a selection of 4 styles: Big and Dark, Big and Bright, Small and Dark, Small and Bright.
     
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    I have been doing well on Micheal Bennett's Steelhead Exasperator in Olive. Casts small and fishes big!
     
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    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    and also crushes brown trout.
     
  8. golfman65

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    what the neck is a steelhead exasperator? I did a search and found nada..need something new to tie, got all my moels, esl's...tubes etc. actually could fish what I've tied for the next year but looking for something new for chits and giggles...
     
  9. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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  10. Christian Brewer

    Christian Brewer Super Slacker

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    Michael's flies rock!!! One day I found a little sculpin in a side pool on one of the rivers so I ran an exasperater thru the pool with it...I was absolutely amazed at how it looked and swam just like the sculpin. It takes a little time to tie but is totally worth it.

    His other killer fly is the Halo...fish go nuts for it...I've caught more fish on the Halo than any other fly!!!!

    Check out his Last Light fly too.
     
  11. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    1) Go to the GALLERY. Look at the SWAPS in the gallery that are about steelhead. You will do well to have some of those.
    2) Go to the GALLERY. Look for the SWAPS in the gallery that are articulated flies. You will do well to have some of those. You will find some in both categories and that should tip you off to it being one to have for sure.
    3) Go to the GALLERY. Find patterns tied by Kaeten Labrel. When you find the ones there that also are in the places listed in 1) and 2) above you will do well to have some of those and tie them on your tippet.
     
  12. Andrew Lawrence

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    The Hobo spey is a killer fly! If I could only fish one steelhead fly, I would choose the Hobo spey. However, I would have to be able to vary the colors depending upon water conditions, etc.
     
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    This is my favorite fly for big bows and steelhead in black and olive. I needed to swap hooks to get it to fish right, but is is super fishey
     
  14. Ryan Nathe

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    Hairwings (Red-wing Blackbird and freight trains), Hickman Taco, Intruders
     
  15. spey101

    spey101 Chris Hunt

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    Thanks to everyone who posted.
    Just by the numbers I think I've narrowed it down to the following.
    1. Intruders - Various Colors and sizes
    2. ESLs - Various colors and sizes
    3. MOALs
    4. Hoh Bo Spey
    5. Steelhead Exasperator
    6. GPs
    I know there were others mentioned; they aren't forgotten. These were the most mentioned in the thread.
    Can't wait to get in after it.