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Pacific Steelhead

Catgut bugs
Those are some stout looking hooks. Maybe it's just the photography but those look like they could take on some feisty steelhead!
10wt Advice
All the game fish you target require smooth, durable, and strong drags; rugged frames; and a vast capacity for backing.   I doubt even the largest Guru qualifies on all counts. I happliy use
Late 2017 Euro style / Nymphs Swap
The primary tie is on a jig hook. I believe it is a size 14 jig hook with a tungsten bead. Not sure since I was doing those and the tiny ones and others at same time. That articulated one is supposed
Spray for neoprene waders to make them easier to put on?
Gore tex/breathable waders are fine in cold water as long as you layer properly underneath them. I stopped wearing neoprene probably about 15-20 years ago and have worn nothing but my breathables sinc
Eating Pink salmon
Not the best tasting salmon (mostly found in cans in the US) but adequate when fresh from salt as others have mentioned.  Did not know there were humpies in the Atlantic.  Escapees from aqua
Looking for an advanced fly tying book
Other than the Fly Pattern Database on this site I do not know of a book referring material list to fly patterns listed by material used. As far as pattern books most are for flies for the targeted ty
Start thinking Christmas Swap
Yes.. Please include me in this swap once again..Will Tie up so Steelhead flies...Sent you a pm
Intruders for Trout
Sure, they work fine and depending on what you tie them with, the pattern scales pretty well.  Never tried them in still-water but in moving water they work fine.  Not exactly the first patt
Couple days on the Au Sable
Spent a couple days back up on the Au Sable with my fishing buddy Mark. Had a great time as always. Nothing overly big this time but some decent 12"-14" trout and a wide variety of species on the spey
Classic Hairwing Salmonfly Swap
chugbugs came in the mail right after my last post, nice pattern. This is a great set of flies, hoping to catch my first steelhead on 1 of these when i go to Ohio next February
Classic wet fly swap
I'm in with a classic from the Pacific Northwest  Steve-stabgnid
Postfly box
I have been a subscriber for about a year.  I enjoy tying the new patterns, plus there are always a few gifts in the box as well.  I recently changed from the trout tying box to the Steelhea
Adams Superfly SBS
Nice Adams mod. Size 12 is great bass salmon steelhead sizes. I have bass in jersey none of others but tie I will. Definite floater no need for frogs butt
Roo Hair?
Mark,   Barry Clark is the guy who used the roo hair in a video that first got me interested!  I think it was in the same or a very similar sculpin pattern.   Talk about going full circ
The New and Improved Fly Swap
Byron, I plan to take an hour or two next month, hopefully fishing among a big school of pellet fish, to try a theory I've always held to. My buggers will be a good example to try on but I also want
Hello from the SF Bay Area
Hi, everyone.   I've been lurking for far too long on the site and just recently became a member. I have been fishing since a young age even doing the competitive bass tournament scene for a whil
Thousands of 10-pound Atlantic salmon were accidentally released
blah blah blah.    Turns out even the ecosystem-destroying northern snakehead is having next to no quantifiable impact in the waterways it is inhabiting- tidal reaches of the Potomac, e
book find
The Combs book is the gold standart for Steelhead fishing.  One of my all time favorites.
Spike fly
Here are the materials for "Spike".   Hook: Mustad 3366 Size 2 Body: Spun and clipped natural deer hair Hackle: one or two natural red or black rooster palmered Legs: 4 or six white rubber  
Sculpinstein
Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout.  Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food.  They also work
Feedback on Micro skagit heads / commando please
What are you planning on using one for? I've used them on a single hand 8 wt, a SH 4 wt, a 6 wt switch, and 4 wt switch, but not on a two hander longer than 11 feet. They excel at tossing sink tips a
U.P. Trip Report (photo heavy)
Great trip, great narration, great photos!   I lived in Marquette for five years and loved it! Have fished and hunted much of the UP too.  In short, God's Country.  Not much is written
Humphreys reel
I have one of the Humphrey reels and it is sure odd with the line coming out a hole in the side. I fished exactly as you're saying utyer but I used the old Shakespeare Silver Bullet, I think it was mo
howdy all
I thank ya again gents. I started watching the vids on FAOL and dug around the house for 3 days trying to find my old tying books. EUREKA!!! Randall Kaufmann, Tying drys and Steelhead, Stewa
Finished tying tool collection
I'm just opposite. Small hat size for me. Med large and xtra large is easiest to find around me. Ended up at Dicks sporting goods for a Dorfman Pacific Company hat and with balding and shaved head pro
Group gathering...Tying...Fishing...Friendship
We use to do some get-togethers back in the early days of FTF with a number of us original members. That had to be a good 12-14yrs ago though but it was always fun. Back in the beginning a lot of us w
July Flies from the Vise
Planettrout, I didn't realize there were any Alec Jackson trout hooks. Since the AJ steelhead iron is my favorite steelhead hook by far I figured I should check it out. I'll be damned if there aren't
Hook storage
I love these thin boxes with magnetic compartments. They're great for smaller hooks, but for steelhead and saltwater hooks I just keep them in the bags or boxes they came in since I don't have very ma
Introduction from Southern California
Hi all, Just a quick intro: My name is Eric Blackshear from SoCal, in an area I think is paradise. I'm smack dab in between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, about an hour each way. 5 hrs from the famed
Your favorite fly tying tip?
If you are a Pacific slope trout fisher getting ready to buy your first neck, reconsider and maybe pick up a saddle instead. Most necks out here end up with a narrow band of hackles stripped off for
Getting back into an old hobby
I used to blacksmith and bladesmith when I was in high school, it's something I sideways enjoyed and have gotten motivated to get back into it. The first blade is finished I will be putting micarta s
My spey/dee spin on a black bear green butt
One of the great things about tying salmon/steelhead patterns is you're not imitating any living thing, so you're free to use your imagination and change things in ways that are pleasing to your eye.
A question of weight
An Alaskan guide named Ard Stetts has a system for fishing flies deeper w/o weighting them.  He uses it now mainly on the deep brawling runs there for steelhead and big salmon but he perfected it
Fly Tying Article
Fly tying is a creative outlet and a great pastime. It also supplies the angler with flies tied the way he or she wants, not the way some fly company thinks they should be. There is always a debate ov
First time out with the new spey rods
Yes, Steve, watch the Ed Ward video, there's a lot of info in there. Here's my quick casting advice for those new to spey. Keep your elbows close to your sides and your hands inside the "box". If you
Salty but not fly related
Without a doubt a Van Staal is a great reel (even they did copy that original Centaure Pacific from the early fifties as  their starting point....).  I noted one for sale the other day ----
Geakes...
(No, this not one of my myriad typo/misspellings!  I have no time for geeks.)   The time and the setting:     Long ago in a land long forgotten.  The fourth wealthiest city in
Heavy wire nymph hooks (carp hooks?)
Look at the Fulling Mill hooks in 3x strong.  http://www.fullingmill.com/Products-US/Fulling-Mill-US/FM-H-W-Champ-B-Less-Hook-Black-Nickel-S10-US   There are also a few other manufacturers t
Kreh/Harro/Byford knot ?
Well, I didn't need any drawing or video, HJ, your description was good enough. I had the same results as you in a few tests with 2X tippet I had laying around. What an awesome improvement! I've been
Rod handles
Yes it is true. It is not just that the blank is smaller and thinner (that does factor in though) but the main thing is that a rod blank is made to flex over the length of the blank with the grab poin
Anyone ever tried a product called "Chew Balls"?
I'm looking for a source of small rubber or silicone eggs for tying steelhead flies.. I found this product sold by Fly Mart and I'm just wondering if anyone has tried them or know of anything similar
Studs for waders?
Almost everyone here in the Pacific Northwest uses studs, and I know lots of guys who use kold kutters and really like them. They're good on rocks covered in thick algae because you can change them ou
What are these feathers/hackles?
The rounded feathers might be either rooster or hen body feathers. That red colored barred saddle is probably not dry fly hackle, but should work well on patterns such as Woolly Buggers or even on som
Koi Fly Recommendations
My Dad worked trains pulled by an E-4 Hudson, like your avatar, FRn.  At least, as long as it was in service.[attachment=62749:7002SteamEngineFile_500p.jpg] Having difficulties with avatars....
May Flies from the Vise
An addition to the Steelhead fly box for later this year when it's time to hunt the big boys.    
making biot bodies more durable
I'll try some brush on CA. I'm a little hesitant to put anything over the biot because, like you said whatfly, it might effect floatation. I was thinking of trying a thicker head cement, like hard as
Going home
My folks lived in Manton for quite a few years. Arrowed my first deer on a farm nearby. I still fish the the Manistee occasionally (usually downstream of the Tippy) for steelhead. I am fast approachin
Trout spey rods in progress
I should  have some old steelhead lines 7/8 laying around in the shop somewhere I bet. Thanks for the help spiralspey, I'll do some digging around downstairs and see what I come up with.
Caught my first (and second) steelhead...
Yep, steelhead are a great fish. Looks like yours have been in the river for awhile. The "chromes" just in from the lake I think will jump a little more and put up an even stronger fight though even t
hook: upturned eyes?
I use Alec Jackson steelhead irons a lot for steelhead and really like TMC 206BL for trout, both up-eye hooks. I am convinced you loose more fish on up-eye hooks, but I fish them because I think they
hello, from Oregon
I've been lurking here for a couple weeks and decided it was time to register and participate in the discussion. I've been tying flies and fly fishing since I was about 10, or about 40 years. I grew
Rain Jacket...light weight or insulated.
Lightweight and packable like Fshflys said you can layer, even for winter steelhead cant take out the insulation in hot weather.
April Flies from the Vise
Found this fly in an old Magazine. Called Dr. Mike   started as a Steelhead fly abdomen in dubbing loop.  speckled feather for hackle, peacock thorax, bead head. Changed colors for warm
fly line backing alternative
I had one hot steelhead just off the big lake spool me once on the Pere Marquette.That fish was crazed. One Olympic level jump and off to Luddington and parts west.  Never took a breather.  
Micro Intruder Patter
Micro Intruder is an oxymoron tying style like the big and bold steelhead intruders, but just sized down to a single station   steelhead, trout, bass... i think it would work for all   let m
Hi vis leader material
I make feurrled leaders mostly out of mono. But I will use tying thread when making leaders for my bamboo rods. On these leaders I will sometimes start with orange at the butt. I will then cut the thr
Odd ball fly line?
Personally I do not think the double taper is the weird part, because as others have pointed out, a DT is still a very useful line, no matter what the line manufacturers are trying to sell you. 
Early Christmas Present!
Papa Baske! We have no closed season for coastal, only when it's iced!😀 As fare as i know, wild seatrout are protected on the coast all year round, except for gill net fishermen, but seatrout
Spey rod for trout, anyone here do it?
Dennis the reel is actually one of the things I was going to ask about. I've built a number of spey rods for guys over the years, built myself a couple switch rods for steelhead, but I've never built
Beat on Me, Like a 5-year old's rented Drum Kit Challenge
Midnight your time, or midnight according to the forum? 1159pm Friday, Mountain Daylight Time, so 1059pm if you are Pacific Daylight time.
Rod Building
H&H or Mudhole carry them http://store.hookhack.com/Quick-Line-by-Pacific-Bay/products/1437/   It's made by Pacific Bay so if you go to the Pac Bay website http://www.fishpacbay.com/ look for
"Other" kind of rod
Just off the bench is this 11'3" MHX Steelhead & Salmon bait casting rod complete with Roberts style spiral wrap arrangement for the guides which smoothly transfer the line from the top of the rod
Have you ever met that 'kid from the lfy shop' ?
Over the years in different places I've had really good buddies I spent a lot of time fishing with. When fishing in a boat whether a fishing friendship with come of going out with someone new doesn't
Last post for a little while...
Oh man, like shoebop said you're not far from the heart of Driftless Nirvana. You will find better fishing near you than you could ever hope for without planning ahead for the move. When I lived in Ch
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