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Just wondering if anyone's interested in a steelhead fly swap? Maybe have them due for the end of February
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Cool! What do some of the flies you guys are putting together look like? Post a pic or two...please?
I have some flies I tried out back in the day before I had my fly rod stolen...I wasn't very skilled fly fishing steelhead, never even sniffed one really...
I only had like one or two tries at it before the rod got stolen...but nevertheless am inexperienced flyfishing rivers. However, I am definitely, always, without question, trying to absorb more info on the technique all the time, bring on the day I replace that rod and get to try again...!

So I have a question or two....

What flies apply to varying conditions? Water clarity, amount of light, speed & depth of flow...?
I can hardly wait to flyfish for steelhead, let alone catch one while I'm doing it!! :D
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i've had one steelhead on my fly's! I like to tye them with pinks, blacks, purples, and a bit of flash! They are attractors, and seem to have worked, even if it was only once! my first fly I call it the steelhead nightmare, lots of pink and flash, with barbell eyes, and a 2 inch tail, looks real nice in the water and the marabou moves beutifully, the body is made of rabbit hair! The second fly I call it the steelhead marauder, its got a black marabou tail, black yarn body, and lots of purple hackle, tied with or without barbell eyes!(hooked the steelhead on this fly) They rest of my fly's are egg patterns and, general pratitioners!
I've only fly fished for steelhead 2 times and came up with one fish so i'm ok at it, i guess!
 

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ribwart said:
Cool! What do some of the flies you guys are putting together look like? Post a pic or two...please?
I have some flies I tried out back in the day before I had my fly rod stolen...I wasn't very skilled fly fishing steelhead, never even sniffed one really...
I only had like one or two tries at it before the rod got stolen...but nevertheless am inexperienced flyfishing rivers. However, I am definitely, always, without question, trying to absorb more info on the technique all the time, bring on the day I replace that rod and get to try again...!

So I have a question or two....

What flies apply to varying conditions? Water clarity, amount of light, speed & depth of flow...?
I can hardly wait to flyfish for steelhead, let alone catch one while I'm doing it!! :D
Thx,
rib
Hi Rib...It only takes one squaretail on the end of your fly rod, and then your hooked for life! :D Each angler has his own preferences on fly patterns for steelhead. In my personal experiences, I found fly choice hasn't been as big of a factor in different conditions, unlike coho for example. I personally like big bold patterns for steelies. Popsicle, or spey type patterns in blue,(my fav. :wink: ), purples, blacks, and oranges. However if you'd like to get technical on fly chioce according to water conditions. I just go bigger and darker when the water is colored up. Brighter colors for clearer water conditions.
The biggest hurdle a new fly fisher has to over come chasing steelies on the fly, is being able to pay dues. Especially in the dead of winter. Not many are willing to give up the numbers, for "a chance" at a hook up on the fly. I think that's why I'm so hooked..The ultimate challenge.



Without hijacking BH's thread..Let me know when you get that fly rod.

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Well so far we have six people in this swap:
Bead Head
Professori
Sparky
Phearless
Jabarns
Fish finder
I think we should leave open until the end of the month and then will know who's in and how many flies to tie. If we only get the six of us would you guys be interested in doing two patterns one bright pattern and one dark one? Just a thought
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I am in :D
 

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here's the new list:
1 Bead Head
2 Sparky
3 Phearless
4 Jabarns
5 Professori
6 Fish Finder
7 Capilano Mano
8 Bergler
9 Brit guy
only one spot left
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Okay so here’s are final list for the steelhead swap
1 Bead Head
2 Sparky
3 Phearless
4 Jabarns
5 Professori
6 Fish Finder
7 Capilano Mano
8 Bergler
9 Brit Guy
So if everyone's into it will be tying two patterns of your choice one Light and one Dark. So that means we each have to tie 16 flies each 8 light ones of the same pattern and 8 dark one's of the same pattern. Will set a due date for Feb 28th so we can fish these in early March. Don't forget to toe tag your flies with your username this makes it much easier at my end when I'm dividing the flies to be sent out. Also you must include a self-addressed envelope with proper postage so I can send your flies back. Boxes under 20mm thick can be mailed as letters but if your over that size it's considered a small packet and the price goes way up. If anyone has any questions you can PM me.
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Beadhead-let him in . I've already tied 9 light and can tie one more dark to make it 9 of each. Let's make the due date earlier tho'. Maybe Feb 1 (that still gives 2 months to tie 18 flies). I might want to get out in Jan - Feb
 

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Okay so here’s are final list for the steelhead swap
1 Bead Head
2 Sparky
3 Phearless
4 Jabarns
5 Professori
6 Fish Finder
7 Capilano Mano
8 Bergler
9 Brit Guy
So if everyone's into it will be tying two patterns of your choice one Light and one Dark. So that means we each have to tie 16 flies each 8 light ones of the same pattern and 8 dark one's of the same pattern. Will set a due date for Feb 28th so we can fish these in early March. Don't forget to toe tag your flies with your username this makes it much easier at my end when I'm dividing the flies to be sent out. Also you must include a self-addressed envelope with proper postage so I can send your flies back. Boxes under 20mm thick can be mailed as letters but if your over that size it's considered a small packet and the price goes way up. If anyone has any questions you can PM me.
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Okay we've got one more person joining Mike D. So this means we all have too tie 9 light flies and 9 dark flies. Also if no one objects how about moving the due date up to Feb 1st like Professori mentioned this still gives us all of December and January to 18 flies. Let me know what you think?
New Final List:
1 Bead Head
2 Sparky
3 Phearless
4 Jabarns
5 Professori
6 Fish Finder
7 Capilano Mano
8 Brit Guy
9 Bergler
10 Mike D
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Okay here's the new list rev 2a
Bead Head Received
Sparky
Phearless Received
Jabarns
Professori Received
Fish Finder Received
Capilano Mano
Bergeler Received
Speyce Cadet Received
Just to clarify a few things this swap theme is Steelhead Flies. We've decided that everyone will do two sets of flies one set will be a Light pattern and the other set will be a dark pattern. Since there are ten of us you only have to tie and send 9 flies per each pattern so in total you'll be sending 18 flies. The due date will be Feb 28th. It would be nice to have all the flies in no later than this so I can ship them back the first week of March. When you’re done your flies and have them ready for shipping PM me and I'll send you my address. I'll be posting pictures of the flies as they come in and today I was surprised when I checked my mail and saw a package from Professori.
Here's his Light pattern

And here's his Dark pattern

Very nice flies indeed :D
Also if all the flies could have toe tags like the one in the picture with your name and username that would be great it makes it a lot easier on my end when I have to sort them all out. The toe tag is just a piece of paper hooked to the hook. You also have to send a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage so I can return your flies. If you can find a small box that is under 20mm thick it's considered regular mail and should only cost a couple of bucks to send from the lower mainland packages over 20mm thick are considered small packages and the price really goes up fast so smaller packages might be the way to go. Anyways I hope this answers some questions if not let me know.
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