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The Ray Bergman Collection - 7) Alexandra

Zaggin Zook- by Curtis Fry

Artist- Brad McMinn

Patriot Flies and PHWFF

Show us your Bench- #2

Dressed to Kill by Duane P. Vigue

Pacific Steelhead

Jungle cockcapes
I was some jungle cock capes on eBay from Estonia for $35 plus $9.50 for shipping. I want to the some salmon & steelhead flies. A few questions is that a good price? What to look for when buying t
Little double hook spey
Another nice fly. I have always been intrigued by spey flies but never tied any. I would think the undulating long feather fibers should get a number of fishes attention. Have you ever effectively use
My Take On A Couple of Reels
I get fish on the reel all the time. Steelhead on the swing of course are instantly on the reel, but I try and get any good sized trout on the reel if I can do it without too much trouble. I like to h
Summer Steelhead Fly
In my recent video, I feature Dave Stewart, host of the Wet Fly Swing podcast.  He ties the Benevolent Dictator for us, one of his favorite summer steelhead patterns.  Enjoy!   Tim 
12' 5/6wt fiberglass spey
That will make a neat combo steelhead/smallie rod for the big Au Sable river sections you fish.  It will bend into the corks on a decent fish and cast long and effortlessly all day.   
New flies from the vice
Nice. Black and blue is one of my favorite color combinations for summer steelhead.
Methods and Beads for egg sucking leeches
A lot of people drill out the hole with an 9/64-1/8 drill bit  to make them work ..  it works well for beaded salmon  jigs I know this because that was the way I was shown when I lived
Paul Jorgensen vs Seal-X UV2
For those who have used both the Paul Jorgenson SLF, (originally Partridge) and the Seal-X UV2 which do you prefer? I'll be using these to tie mostly steelhead flies. Thanks for your thoughts or sugge
River Road Creations wing cutters?
flytire:  I'll see what I can do about showing some of my flies; I only have my iPhone, so let me give it a try...    As for Bob Marriott's, for personal reasons I don't purchase from t
Some time on the river
  First fish of the trip in the net today. Getting to my normal fishing spot was a bit dicey to say the least and had to do my best Indiana Jones climb to get to it, but rewarded with a dandy st
Fly tying materials
Thank you for the replies. How would one bleach the feathers prior to dying? Hydrogen peroxide perhaps? Or is there something better to use? I want a dark blue batch for steelhead fishing this fall.
Extra large Wulff patterns
Big...how about #6-#2 Wulff's:   http://www.flytyer.com/better-dry-flies-for-atlantic-salmon-steelhead/     PT/TB
Michigan Trout Opener
Nice brown Bryon. Yeah the high water messed up a lot of peoples opener this year, it happens though you never know what you're gonna get for the opener in Michigan. I've had openers where it was near
Hellgramites
One reason to look elsewhere is that everyone and his brother are tossing buggers. And any tyro can make them by the dozens.   Another is that, as fanatic tyers,  we have so damn much invest
Hair wing fly swap
Picked mine up today. A very nice ass't of streamers that could be put to use on any salmon or steelhead waters. I wish I was back up in Great Lakes steelhead country again to give those a swing in th
Any other Michiganders doing the Trout Opener this weekend?
Had planned to hit the Au Sable for steelhead but flow is about 2ft over normal so I'm pretty sure that's gonna be scrubbed. Been trying to re-plan the trip to a different day but fishing buddy is bei
Back on the river today
The section of the Clinton river I fish is actually the better section for steelhead in that river, the thing is it doesn't get a large run of them like our rivers up North. It's one of those rivers w
10' 4wt xi "My new toy!"
I have two other rods I did the handles on like this as well, never had any blister issues at all, probably because your not using the type of force with a rod as you are with a hammer.   Thanks,
First fish of 2018 finally
Couldn't take it any longer, finally had a nice day with temps in the 70's and caught up "enough" on rod work where I can take a few hour break so I got out for about 4 hours on the Clinton. Was sear
Is the FF Industry Sacrificing Ethics for the Hero Shot
Michael, Michael, you best never come to MN for walleye opener.  You'd be sure to have a lot of barbed hooks in your cheeks. See, in MN (unless it's changed) the walleye and northern open two wee
Substitute for fire line
Kevin Hodspadar uses 14,lb. Test fireline for his go to intruder fly for lake Erie Steelhead. It is about $20 for a spool. I was wondering if there is something cheaper I could use?
Hatches Blog Post - How to Tie an Intruder Fly
A sparse version of an Intruder Fly, this spider style Intruder only has one station. The single station of materials still makes use of the intruder fly mechanics to give a large profile and movement
Picture of Bras d'or Creeper
I don't have a picture but check out novascotiafishing dot com for a start.  Go ogle Rick MacDonald for that pattern and Gordie McKinnon for a similar shrimp pattern.  I like a shr
April Flies From The Vise
Spring might arrive here in Ontario someday soon so the Steelhead fly boxes need topping up. Here is one that has been on my mind for a while, but never made it to the vice until recently.   Egg-
9' 9wt Saltwater rod
Triple plated Pacific bay guides. They should hold up to salt use pretty well.
Squamish in Spring
Fished the Squamish several times in spring for C&R steelhead, but never in our fall.  Its about 45 minutes north of Vancouver.  Used the guides at Whistler Fly Fishing and found them to
Yearly trips
Yep, my fishing buddy & I are just waiting another couple weeks for the weather to get a bit nicer and we're gonna start planning the first steelhead trip of the year. Probably do it about 3rd wee
Great find at craft store
Last week I bought five skeins of the stuff on sale in  colors most likely to be fly worthy.   It is not quite as flashy as estaz as there is a lot of non reflective fiber mixed in with the
Broiled Trout Recipe
I just finished a large breakfast souffle but looking at your picture I just drooled on the keyboard. Back in the days when I believed in  "selective harvest", which to me meant if it selected my
Spey Daze DVD set
It's not a "how to" by any means, but also not a "fish porn" vid either. It's somewhat of a history of Steelhead and the Great Lakes mixed in with couple minutes here and there of different fishing sc
12' 5/6wt Spey
A Skagit spey 5wt  is very different than a normal single hand 5wt. With a rod like this you are casting two handed all the time with a sustained anchor cast and using a 400 grain 23' head connec
Leaders for large Streamers
Mike, would I be able to make a loop at the end to attach to my fly line and another loop at the other end to attach my tippet?  Do you think the loops would hold? That's what I use on everything
Guinea Foul feathers
I like guinea for hackles on steelhead flies like spades or green butt skunk variations. In smaller sizes I've used them as hackles on large (size 8) trout soft hackles also. The fibers seem pretty to
Steelhead
Just screams steelhead...   Salmon River, NY  
March Flies From The Vise
Another month gone and lots of great fly patterns from a variety of vices! Snow melting fast and rivers rising quickly here means the Steelhead on the move for me. Now it's time to get ready for the s
Tippet for Erie steelhead
if you're consistently breaking 10lb fluoro I would first suspect your knots.   I've found simple 4 turn clinch knots to work better in fluoro than anything, but they have to be lubed and se
Mono rigging
I've seen mono rigging in the midwest for steelhead and once here in the west on a really big river for trout. Guys use a reel full of heavy flat mono (yellow or red amnesia) and no fly line at all, a
Chile Bound... advice needed!
I would think the same flies that are used in Alaska for the Pacific Salmon would work for the same species in Chile.  These are simple Bucktails.  White bellies, and Red or Orange on top.&#
Oh boy here we go!
Yeah I'm sure we'll get more winter here as well, after all it IS Michigan. Normally we'll have a warm spell like this then back to winter for most of March. Have even had ice storms in April here. Be
For guys who tie a Tarpon Fly
Thanks a lot for all the info guys. My only comment, which was touched upon in a few places, is about using that bare hook area to snell a leader. This would make a lot more sense to me if you used a
Rivers to salt
Hi - I live and fish in New York state.. spring is trout in creeks, summer is smallmouth in rivers and lakes, and in the fall - salmon and steelhead in the tributaries. I mostly flyfish all the above,
Connecticut Fly Fisherman Association Expo
Small one day expo, I have always enjoyed it, good group, if you are local to CT and have nothing planned for Saturday.       Saturday, February 3 CFFA Expo & Banquet featuring Jen
Our Favorite Things?
I love ring neck pheasant rump for steelhead wets, and Hungarian partridge for trout soft hackles. I can't stand chenille, it's the most lifeless looking material I've ever used and because of that I
9' 7wt 3pc custom rod
  Offering this brand new Midwest Custom Fly Rods 9' 7wt 3pc custom rod. Mod/fast action (good power in butt with tad more mod tip) small fighting butt, full polished aluminum seat, custom full
January Flies from the Vise
Age old question: Which came first, the fish or the egg?     Interesting.  I have some of this stuff left over from a steelhead swap.  
Jig Swap
Well thanks for bring back the joys of jig tying  !!! lol  Using 210 is like tying rope on a hook !!! When I live in Washington I tied a lot of steelhead jigs & jigs when it was the year
Question for any familiar with Renzetti
Andresere, you can also send the vise to get fully restored by Renzetti. If you go to their Facebook page they post pictures all the time of restores they have done. You can also buy the cam jaws an
Saltwater hooks
If you have your leader constructed so its even possible to break or bend a hook, you are risking your whole flyline.. Fly guys who fish salmon and steelhead in rivers here (New York tributaries) comm
VersiTip question
It's a 5WT with a 5WT rod. This is just a normal trout line, not salmon or steelhead. Short distance casting the loop to loop is staying in the guides. I was just asking if I can cut the heads down.
skagit for spring creeks / small trout streams?
Spey casting has become sort of an umbrella term that covers several line and casting styles that use a change of direction roll cast. Unlike the good old roll cast, which is basically in and out on t
Stocker trout
Guys that fish for crappies and catfish usually do so because they taste so darn good! I don't believe I have ever caught true native trout, or char, although I am certain I have caught stream bred st
December flies from the Vise
Dr. Mike that has worked well for me for panfish.  Was a steelhead-trout fly to start with.  Size 16 PTN with red or yellow peacock thorax. Some will say the tails are to long.
Chance for choice at Christmas Swap
I have a few boxes of flies that don't have specific cross trades that work well. Most boxes are sorted and similar with a variety of different styles but I have a couple of more concentrated boxes th
Intro from Oklahoma City
Hello, all. Found this forum and it looks interesting with lots of activity. I tie regularly and simply would like to share my ties and ideas. I tie everything short of salmon/steelhead flies, with a
Full Sinking Line in Heavier Weights
Fly fishing deep has always intrigued me but I have not gotten past the  difficulty in lifting all that sunk line out of the water to recast.  Retrieving it all in and working out new casts
Partridge Feathers
Those too large feathers can be used on very small patterns with a trick used by European tyers for years.  Barry Ord Clark has a video on how to do it but it is essentially done by cutting off t
Best feathers for small soft hackles
There are many feathers that are used for soft hackle flies, Starling, Blackbird, Coot, Plover, moorhen etc, some are illegal in the USA although if they are old they might still be legal. Generally m
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
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