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Old 09-21-2012, 11:32 AM
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Default Re: great lakes fall steelhead fly/egg patterns suggestions?

wiggle stone flies, antron eggs, laser eggs, sucker spawn, psycho spawn, hellegramites, woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches
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Default Re: great lakes fall steelhead fly/egg patterns suggestions?

Sizes and patterns will vary depending on which of the GL's you're fishing but here's a general list to kick off the conversation. I usually have these flies tied in the 12-16 hook size, and some micro eggs on 18's. #14 is my "go to" size. Have a variety of colors of each pattern and size. More subdued colors for clear water, hot colors for stained water is the general rule of thumb. Somedays you need to throw logic out the window and experiment. Many of those fish usually see a lot of flies, so a varying your offering is often a differentiator.

Sucker Spawn
Krystal Meth/Krystal Spawn
Glo Bug
Blood Dot
Scrambled Egg
Nuke Egg
Ripple Crush

I haven't done well on them, but the hot glue eggs (cluster or single) or the Montana Fly Co's soft eggs seem to be popular with others.

As for other flies, Princes, Leeches, PT's Hare's Ear's, Stones, Buggers, and whatever kind of other streamers you're into.

Mentioning which areas in the GL's you are fishing might yield more pertinent information.
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Default Re: great lakes fall steelhead fly/egg patterns suggestions?

I usually have these flies tied in the 12-16 hook size, and some micro eggs on 18's. #14 is my "go to" size.

Hi Jaybo !

I never been on the SR, but looking for a trip next year. I had read so many differents things about flies and patterns for the SR !! (especially on eggs patterns). For some fishermen, the N 8 and 10 hook size are the best (including fishing guides), some other N 12.....and now I see 14 and 18. Man ! a 12 lbs steelhead must be very difficult to land on a N 16 hook !

On a 14 hook, what is the egg diameter ? 6 mm ? less ?

2 weeks ago, I receive my order from OTTER'S Soft Milking Egg realistic milking egg patterns for fly tying, fly fishing, for cold water fish species, including steelhead, salmon, and trout., and according to Walt, the "standart" sizes are 10 and 12 hooks, in tangerine, white and oregon cheese color. But one more time, I'm far to be a specialist ! Other opinions about egg flies sizes and colors ??
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Default Re: great lakes fall steelhead fly/egg patterns suggestions?

I fish the Salmon River in NY. Everyone has their favorite patterns for Steelhead. When I first started I fished egg patterns exclusively but as time went on I switched to stonefly and other "natural" patterns. Normally in size 14 on a heavy hook. I've also had success with sucker spawn in the spring using a float rod but never with a fly rod.
These days I use a two handed fly rod (11' 8wt switch) and swing soft hackles, naturals and woolley buggers. I catch more fish now then ever but over the years the number of steelhead have increased as has my knowledge so I am pretty sure that the pattern is less important than the fisherman (within reason).

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Default Re: great lakes fall steelhead fly/egg patterns suggestions?

im fishing the st marys river which connects lake michigan to lake huron, its located right in the middle of sault ste marie ontario and michigan if that helps
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