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Pacific Steelhead

Fly Tying Station Build
Man, I thought my design was pretty good but this one is wicked nice! Now I'm going to have to rethink mine... lol, thanks! My new Stonfo vise should be in next week and ill get to use this set up
10' 7wt Quickline rod
She's a beauty! Love the dark burl cork in the grip. Can't wait to put a steelhead on the end of it!
What do folk use.
I know...   Forgot to mention, those first three pics are of the Tarpon Snake - one of my royalty patterns that is also in demand as a pike and musky fly (it also tears up Giant Trevally over in
Pacific King
  pacific king   hook - salmon/steelhead style thread - black tail - black hackle fibers body - insect green floss with a strip of brown floss laid over the  top and secured with 4 tur
Silly Stilly
  silly stilly   hook - salmon/steelhead style thread - black tail - orange hackle fibers butt - 3 turns orange chenille body - orange yarn wing - orange over white bucktail   referenc
Poodle Dog
  Poodle Doghook - salmon/steelhead stylethread - blacktail - red hackle fibersbody - black chenille divided by flst silver tinselhackle - whitewing - white bucktailreference - steelhead fly fis
Time for Secret Santa Christmas Swap Planning
Would Steelhead  & Salmon  fit in somewhere ?? If it doesn't no problem just asking ..  Steve-stabgnid
Spring Favorite
  Spring Favorite   Hook - Salmon/steelhead style Thread - White Tail - Red calf tail Butt - Green wool Body - Red chenille Hackle - Red Wing - Orange calf tail over strands of orange cryst
  skpade   hook - salmon/steelhead style thread - black tail - brown bucktail body - black crystal chenille wing - white bucktail hackle - black   reference - hairwing & tube flies
Can I use a Scott 9' Med/Fast rod for nymphing?
  I know a young man who has a reel for salmon spooled up with amnesia. He out fishes us all. Sounds like one of those toothpaste commercials.  "4 out of 5 dentist recommend Brand X ov
Tarnished Silver
  tarnished silver   hook - salmon style thread - black tag - flat silver tinsel tail - golden pheasant crest ribbing - oval gold tinsel body - rear half - flat copper tinsel; front half -
October Flies from the Vise
  Sicilian Gold   Hook - Salmon/steelhead style Thread - Orange thread Tip - Embossed tinsel Tail - Red hackle fibers Ribbing - Embossed tinsel Body - Yellow floss or uni-stretch Wing - Ora
Whalin Galen
hook - salmon stylethread - yellowtag - oval silver tinseltail - red hackle fibersribbing - oval silver tinselbody - light gray rabbit fur or equivalentwing - gray squirrelhackle - light blue tied as
Pair of Rainshadow trout spin rods
You should see the length of some steelhead spin rod grips ;)
A Mickey Finn for Finnatics
It is also a great steelhead fly.   Finding good bright red bucktails is not easy.  Lots of washed out ones on offer.    Rocco 
Pegging beads
It is that time of the year for beads + steelhead/salmon/browns, please no drivel on how uncouth it is to fish beads.  I am sure I am not the first to discover this but a good silicone peg source
Reel for winter steelheading
I am thinking about finally getting more serious about fall/winter/spring steelhead fishing here in Michigan. I've picked out the rod I want to build (a 10' 7 wt.), and now I'm pondering which reel to
Steelhead streamer hook shank length
Hey guys, Im tying up some eggs and streamers to throw to some Great Lakes steelhead in the next couple of days. Ive been tying smaller silver shiner type patterns but have been using shorter shank ho
September Flies From the Vise
  GREEN ANT - Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7     PT/TB
Stocking lakes in the Uninta Mountains
I grew up thinking that all rainbow trout were stockers. Essentially they are in all but the Pacific drainage, but at the time all I knew was they came from trucks of planes. Stocking fingerlings keep
Nice long day on the river
With summer waning, I decided last weekend that I wanted (at least!) one more long, warm summer day floating a smallmouth river. I chose a stretch of Michigan's Grand River that runs through the Portl
Hardest fighting freshwater fish?
I'm sticking with Pacific Northwest Steelhead, final answer.
How do you like to land larger smallmouth?
Assuming your tackle is meant to be used on the bigger smallies over 5 lbs -- say, a 7 wt and 8-10 lb leader minimum -- you can land most of them. They are surely no tougher than steelhead.  
A Great Fly Tyer died
I just learned that Mark Noble of the Greased Line fly shop died. Mark died in March after suffering from a stroke. He invented the "After Dinner Mint", a Steelhead fly, which was his most famous fl
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
Thread recommendations
I have tried a lot of threads. I settled on Uni. I mostly tie size 12 or larger as I tie for Salt, Warm water and Steelhead. I can't see tiny stuff antmore. McPhail uses 8/0 Uni for most of his de
Best Tyer Ever?
Define best. Most innovative, precise, does beautiful work, ties the most difficult flies, most prolific, etc.? Genre of flies? Salmon, Trout, Salmon/steelhead, Warm water? The question is a bit b
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
"The Indispensables" Swap
Got some very nice flies in the mail today. Thanks to all the tyers and  the great swapmeister. Mine is  a 7 colored rope-dubbed PTN. The other fly is a Dr. Mike.  Found it as a steelhe
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 about #6-#2 Wulff's:     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
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
Spent 4 hours searching for steelhead today. The only thing that came out to play was the ever elusive great Northern Ghetto Trout! ;) Can't complain though, fish or not there's no better way to spen
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
I was approached to tie some mysis shrimp for someone via IntheRiffle. We get these request all of the time and usually turn them down because it is just not worth the time. This one was a bit unusual
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
  Basically like new, watched it once. 2 disc 4 hours long of spey/steelhead fishing. It's about a $40 dvd set new shipped. I'm selling this one for $27 shipped.
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
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
Suggestions needed currently using 16lb. steelhead leader & 10lb. Fluorocarbon line as tippet material. Fish sometimes break my tippet & in fast water they always seem to get unhooked. Also ev
Mono rigging
My personal ranking of fishing I like in the order I like to do it: 1. Selective trout on emergers or dries 2. Selective trout on pupae or rising nymphs 3. Getting a (preferably large) trout to rise
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