Flies for steelhead or lake-run trout are by far my favorite to tie. There is no “hatch matching” here. Each hook or tube is like a blank canvas open to reflect whatever mood or style of fishing you desire. Bright colors and alien-like characteristics are encouraged with these flies. There is no need for emulating natural … Continue reading »
Lately, I’ve been wondering if we’re ever going to see a real heat wave or if this abnormally cool summer will transition right into Fall. With more salmon sightings in harbors, and even some rivers, I believe the Fall is coming fast. With that in mind I start thinking of steelhead, and how lucky I … Continue reading »
This is a flexible pattern that’s intended for Steelhead but it works for all of our lake run fish. Intruder style flies are designed to create a large profile with minimum materials. The takes on this style of fly can be electrifying and it swims like a champ. They don’t look like food but their … Continue reading »
Every year I find new ways to tie egg-sucking leeches, so here’s the latest one from the vise.
Today I switched up my presentation a bit to suit the low, clear river conditions by sizing down my fly and tippet to see if the old saying might pay off. The general rule is that a smaller fly is best in low/clear river conditions and a larger fly for higher/stained water. In the past … Continue reading »