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Old 10-31-2011, 07:05 PM
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If you were to use one fly for Steelhead. What would it be?
I started tying a few "Winter Orange" patterns. Is it worth my time and energy? I'm hoping to fish thru the winter months in NY State mostly. Would like to hear from anyone with good advise on some simple and effective patterns.

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The Green Butt Skunk because it works everywhere you can think of. The one on the left is the normal fly while the one on the right is the Dee style variation I did.
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I think the Butt on the left is more my speed Double D...I think it's in my "steelhead Flies" book as well! Appreciate the feedback!
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The most important thing is that you have confidence in the fly. The more confidence you have in it the better you will fish it. When I go out and swing flies with a buddy he fishes big gaudy marabou tubes, I'll fish all black hairwings and we both get grabs. Any and all steelhead designed flies are only as good as you fish them. That being said I'd pick the all black hairwing, with variations in size and either copper or gold ribbing.
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Default Re: THE Steelhead fly?

I"d say the most important thing is presentation. Regardless of fly.

If you present a fly in the correct manner then you will get hits.
I've seen guys throwing sucker spawn and all kinds of egg patterns getting hits here and there, and then the guy across the river throwing stone flies and getting fish every other cast.
Sure, you might say its the fly and to a certain extent it is, but presentation is KEY to success.
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Default Re: THE Steelhead fly?

Hi fellows,

Although I am not a registered steelhead expert I have caught a few from Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, tributaries and some here in AK. All of the replies thus far sound right on to me. I would lean toward the darker flies as well and as stated, be careful to show the fish the fly and not you. Something I will add is this; if you choose to fish your flies in a traditional fly fishing manner you may be among the minority out there.

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Can't help you in the Northeast, but out West, the first fly I swing through a pool or a slack run is a Silver Hilton. Click the image to open in full size.
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Can't help you in the Northeast, but out West, the first fly I swing through a pool or a slack run is a Silver Hilton. Click the image to open in full size.
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Default Re: THE Steelhead fly?

I am not shamelessly self promoting by coming back and re-posting this fly, really I'm not. The truth is that this is the fly that I have caught the most lake & sea run trout on.

This was my original twist to the well known Nine Three streamer, I began making this varaition in the 90's.

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This is the fancy version I began making circa 2007;

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I felt that by adding the tag, butt, and crystal flash I had made significant improvements to my eye. The original pattern works as well and if anything the crystal flash may have given it some fish appeal but I doubt they noticed the ostrich butt The second version was different enough to warrant calling it 'Ard's Nine Three' and it has been great on steelhead & trout. I could be bad and litter the thread with pictures of fish but I'm hoping that you'll take my word for the results.

If you tie any of these and someone sees your flies they might notice that they have not seen that fly before. I believe that lends itself to the flies effectiveness, fish never saw one before either, probably not the case for the woolybugger.............
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Default Re: THE Steelhead fly?

If you're thinking fishing the Salmon in Pulaski then I would suggest egg patterns early and then switch to stone fly or other nymph patterns. They seem to work the best up here. Can't say much about any other rivers though.
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