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What flies for steel-head?


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#1 outdoorsmanfool

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 06:15 PM

well i am going to go fishing for some steel-head for the spring run and i was wondering what flies should i bring with me tomorrow?

 

Flies i am already bringing........ Egg pattern, Wooly buggers, nymph's, egg sucking leech's, mostly all the basics i think? what would you guys bring and suggestions would help i will quickly tie them up!!

 

Thanks, Nick.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

Where ya fishin'? Heaps of ties right in this sub forum that would suit you well, popular patterns these days are flies you swing, broadside, hitch, n skate - speys, intruders, various streamers, articulated patterns, tubes. If you are in a pinch a big black bunny leech is a good producer.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 07:00 PM

I am fishing in Michigan at a river 30 minutes from me. but this river is water color is pretty dirty so do you think i should go with  neon green, hot pink ect colors... or darker colors?



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 07:07 PM

Sweet, i am non familiar with michigan rivers but if the water is high i go for oranges, sometimes pink, and black or purple, claret always works, try big profiles (silhouette), otherwise check what everyone else is catching them on, if it were me i would huck an orange heron or black intruder.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 11:53 AM

I pretty much ditto what FlyFishin'Jam said. I like (as primary colors) black/blue, black/purple, black/pink, or black/orange combos in dirty water, with substantial profiles. At the end of the day they are steelhead, and they will smack anything . . . so long as you find a 'player' (i.e., a metalhead aggressive enough to smack a fly). Good luck! Let us know how you did.



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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:03 PM

well i brought home 1 and threw back about 5 i found that they really loved these gold bead-head nymphs. tied on a size 8-10 i lost a lot of fish also but all around it was a good day.



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:31 PM

im from Michigan
here at tippy we were doing good on small things with estaz or UV because our water is clay
we used riffle crush eggs & estaz springs wigglers
black was doing good too
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