What is the smallest size fly YOU swing for steelhead.

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  1. jcalderon

    jcalderon Member

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    I am starting to tie for the fall swinging season on columbia tribs, and of course I am expecting low clear water that time of year. I am curious to know what is the smallest size of fly you guys swing for steelhead. I have yet to get a fish on the swing, yet I have caught a few nymphing some pretty small stuff.
     
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    10s consistently, and I have gone as small as a 14.

    fae
     
  3. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    exactly same for me.
    #10 Queen of the Waters,
    #14 Nondescript nymph, been years since I used that for steel.
     
  4. jcalderon

    jcalderon Member

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    I got one on a 14 copper john last year, and that is what really made me start questioning the "need" for huge spey style swinging patterns. I have been tying on some Alec Jackson size 8's I believe, and to me, they look real fishy
     
  5. stewart dee

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    Size #3 or #5 standard wire dressed light.
     
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    attack Active Member

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    i think their is a big difference between swinging a very small fly and nymphing one as you are trying to get the fish to move to the fly rather than feed from a stationary position... not that it cant be effective but i really dont have confidence in swinging anything below an 8...
     
  7. Daniel Nelson

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    I have swung flies down to size 14's but normally size 8's and 10's are about as far as i go. The problem i have with going smaller than 8's is picking up smaller trout that are more plentiful and more willing to bite. Kinda gives that false sense of getting a tug only to find out its only a 12"er.
     
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    size 12 prince nymph with a soft hackel collar.
     
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    swinging for summers i go down to a size 8....Tiemco 7999 is the weapon of choice for me. I have a mix of flies running from size 2 to 8 for swinging summers...
     
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    Size 10 Spade`s are as small as I`ll go .
    I prefer 8`s though .
     
  11. speyday

    speyday Rod tubes in the overhead compartment

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    This was with a singler hander, but still....

    I have gotten a few swinging sz 14 olive flashback hares ear nymphs to summer and fall run fish that have started to mellow and act more trouty. I wasn't thinking steelhead at the time.
    These were hatchery fish in wisconsin; if that matters. I don't think it does. Oh yeah, and in MI ive gotten a couple of fish on swung, articulated hex nymphs.
     
  12. fullerfly

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    2.5" give or take.
     
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    fullerfly Calvin Fuller

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    ...nevermind. Just actully measured one. 1.5" ish.
     
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    Size 8 with a wider gape.
     
  15. k2flyfisher

    k2flyfisher You're only so smart as what you choose to share.

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    size 8 cdc soft hackle on an owner ssw or gami octo.