Scent and Steelhead

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
Oh yes! I find that Cougar urine is very helpful in keeping those pesky steelhead from tearing up my pretty little flies. :rofl:

Dave, Dave, Dave... I will be watching you.

Before we all go-off here, try to remember that Dave knows better.

He's just baiting us in a stinky way here.

We need some rain and some fish.

Steve Buckner

Mother Nature's Son
Bob Triggs showed me a neat trick, he just uses 3 day old tunafish draws in the cougars...:p


Always. ;)

My fishing buddy doesn't have internet access, if he did I'd say never.:thumb:


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scent + fly = bait
no scent + fly= fly

I don't use bait when I fish with my flyrod.
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David Prutsman

All men are equal before fish
Go big or go home, Clorox Bleach solves so many little fly fishing problems! Actually a true story, some yahoo up on the Poudre River in Colorado. He'd dump bleach in the river, then wade down stream to pick up the fish.


When I started fly fishing I found a purple ESL in decent shape on the river. I picked it up and put it in my box with my other flies. When I got home I opened my box and it just reeeeeaked. I ended up throwing out the entire box and it's contents. Sniff those flies before you pick them up and add them to your collection!


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My dad has been known to spray power bait scent on his fly when chironomid fishing (he's not a purist).

Paul Huffman

Driven by irrational exuberance.
I found a bottle of shrimp Smelly Jelly on the bank of the Yakima almost two years ago. I forgot that I was still carring it around until one day last summer when the carp fishing was slowing down on a hot afternoon. In desperation, I tried a carp wooley soaked down in Smelly Jelly. It didn't seem to make any difference. I was surprised. I thought carp would definely home into scent. Maybe I need a different flavor.


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my fly boxes are so old and had so many you name it beverages spilled on 'em that in itself is probably adding all sorts of scents, and yes BobT, including Hostess Donettes


Be the guide...
Most of us fish with scent and don't realize it. Our natural scent from our oily hands comes off as we tie on our flies, moisten our knots with saliva, etc.

Then there is the gas we got on our hands by filling up on the way to the river (bad idea), or the sunscreen, or the insect repellent, 7-11 burrito, cigarrette\cigar, etc.


I've heard that dog scent can deter a steelie from taking a fly. So if you take mans best friend fishing don't pet it. Unless it's been soaked in Pautzke's juice...:rofl:

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