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Old 10-11-2011, 05:07 PM
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Saw an article in fly fisherman mag today about getting great lakes steelhead to eat dry flies? Ha Ha Ha. I have seen it out west, but am yet to even hear of one instance of this happening in the great lakes.

I would love to hear of one person who got one on a dry.

anyone? Or just good reading?
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Never got a Little Manistee to rise to a dry fly, but Skamania strain steelhead will when their fresh...
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I spent, I mean wasted too much time trying to tease steel with a dry in Michigan. Like the writer of the article, I got fired up about skating dries by watching a Lani Waller VCR. I still have Waller Walkers taking up space in a fly box.
I'm going to give that article a thorough read and see if maybe this guy did figure out the trick to tricking Great Lakes steel with a skating fly.
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I did once see a novice spin fisherman catch a king salmon on a hula popper.....haha. I looked over at my buddy laughing and said "Look at that goof over there" as we looked over all of the sudden BOOM !! I nearly wet my pants..haha..

I guess anything is possible...
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I try from time to time but no luck yet. I've seen them wack at indies and floats so its not totally impossible, I'm guessing there has to be alot of fresh fish in one area, clear water, alot of indies going by and a dump truck load of LUCK!
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I try from time to time but no luck yet. I've seen them wack at indies and floats so its not totally impossible, I'm guessing there has to be alot of fresh fish in one area, clear water, alot of indies going by and a dump truck load of LUCK!
That's essentially how I stumbled upon skating dries for our Summer steelhead, years ago I was float fishing and in one day I had 6 fish blow up on my drennan bobber as I was reeling it in. A couple of them actually held on to the float for a while...

So, the next day, I came back with orange skaters and rose a couple fish...

In my experience, you are spot on, you will do the best in low/clear water when fish are fresh and packed pretty good into a hole. That seems to make them more competitive, but I have gotten them to hit when they weren't quite as fresh and were loaner fish I spotted before casting to as well...

I have never been able to get anything other than our Summer fish to do it though, but haven't spent much time doing it in the Fall or Spring either...

My best day was like 4 fish boiling on the fly and landing 2, definitely not a high numbers thing, but something you will never forget...

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The article is a pretty good one, but you're right on the money KWB. The article stresses the fact that nowhere near all fish will rise on dries, and that you are targeting the one aggressive fish in the mass you have packed into a run (or hopefully packed into a run). They certainly do not tout it as the catch-all tactic. It's a good article either way, but I'll wait til I start catching steelhead at all before I start trying to specialize!
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I have not seen the article, will have to check it out!
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About 2 years ago (or more) in the spring I watched a big buck take some type of mayfly on the surface. I've never seen anything like that happen since but a few guys I know around here have seen the same thing on occasion. Again low, gin clear conditions and this fish had been in the river a while as he was colored up and pretty beat up. I would guess spring to be the best time to really give it a solid shot with the hatches starting up and the hold overs acting like giant trout (well they are) theres not much coming off the water to get their attention this time of year, maybe autum sedges but if I'm not mistaken they tend to crawl out rather than surface hatch. I'll still give it a try when all else fails, we're getting another decent shot of rain so hopefully more players enter the tribs.
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Default Re: Great Lakes Steel On a Dry?

haha!ya,they do!yaaa they do!try a purple caddis on a no.12 long curved nymph hook..in early spring
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