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Anyone like to share the colours they like to use for steelies? I typically like to use red with a little white in it myself. But I'm sure there are a lot of other combos that work well. I have heard pink and peach work too, but not too sure about that one!!

Anyone ever combine more than two colours??

Oh I also wondered what sizes of hooks everyone like to use. I prefer a smaller hook, but I'm sure this differs with everyone too

Tight lines fellas
 

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with just wool, a size 2 gammy, ( i like red) with, pink and white, or peach and small amount of red. But usaully i fish bait.Ive seen a guy at tamahi with black and purple, he hit a fish on that, ive also seen red and purple down lower hit a fish as well.
 

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i like to use a certain colour that i have caught ALL my steel on havent had one hit anything else i have tried so I m good with that lol. however i might have to pick up some of those jigs that ironhead and company make they look pretty deadly especially if the levels are higher :D

and Cohokid have you ever seen the flies for steelies ??

most are very big bright colours consisting of purple, orange, pink, black, red. green, white just to mention a few of the colours

from what i have seen the darker orange streamer and pink/black(steelynightmare) and purple practitioners have been the flies i have personnaly seen work well

tight lines

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hope i can hit one this year on my fly rod :D :D :D
 

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The colour and amount of wool I use is dependent on the colour and clarity of the water.

In Dirty and Low visibility water, I tend to start with BC Steelhead Orange, Florescent Red or Glow white in large presentations.

As the waters clear, I tend to go to muted orange, red, regular white, peach, or chartreuse wool. I go with smaller presentations and will mix colours a bit.

In really clear conditions I tend to fish dark presenatations of purple or black. I will sometimes add a bit of white.

I use these guidlines whether fishing straight wool or fishing it in combination with Jensen Eggs, Corkies, Spin n Glows or what have you. The key for me is large flashy presentaions in poor visability and small contrasting colour in clear conditions.
 

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I like using a peach or peach and red combo if I'm using wool...I find the peach and red is nice because of the contrast of the peach against the darker red background...as for hooks, I generally use size 4's but sometimes bump it up to 2's if using roe etc...
 

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Sounds like everyone uses the same basic combos. I totally agree with the size being dependant on the clarity of the water. Do any of you ever use a little bit of split-shot to get the wool down quicker. I have had some tell me its not necessary to do that? But who knows, I guess its all just a personal choice.

I hope to head to the Vedder after dropping the kids off at school tomorrow, I hope I have a post to put up. Worst case I'm going to do a lot of exploring. First time out since the storm :lol:

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Have fun buzzcatcher, allot has changed as you probably have already heard. I personally have never heard
of anyone using splitshot on hook and wool so not to rule it out but you want your presentation to float slightly
off the bottom .
 

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Slightly off-topic, and probably a dumb Q, but are rags legal in BC? In case that's a local WA term, rags are pieces of foam backing w/ contrasting yarn punched through at a few places and then soaked w/ scent. Us the same as a corky, but use more weight as it is very bouyant. They work great in really colored water.

I moved to WA 7 yrs ago, and there are quite a few more options as to what is legal down here. On my local water, the Skykomish - a lot like the Vedder, I still prefer float n jigs, and will often tip em with a bit of shrimp or even a pink worm tail.
In the conditions we've had lately, going from record lows to a record flood within a week, then alternating heavy snow and big melts, the water rarely gets cleaner than a dull green. Lately, it looks more like below the Vedder clay banks. In those conditions, I use rags, lots of scent, and maybe even some shrimp tails, but that's overkill.

I still get up to the Vedder a few times a yr (nowhere near enough, but hey, I don't live in Abby anymore) and I'll be up there in a couple days to fish w/ Dad. Dad uses wool. Probably always will. Hooks up enough to make it his standard, with no compelling reason to change. I don't have his touch, and need more help.
 

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W4F Welcome aboard.

I have used rags down south, but never tried them on the Vedder.

Good luck this weekend.

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Hog and I know each other from another board. He turned me down for some Vedder time with some lame excuse about family Christmas events or such. I'm gonna be driving right past his house, so I'll taunt him on the way back home next wk.
Lookin forward to exploring some of the new river layouts. Dad says it's almost like a completely different river now.
 
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