August Fly Salon - Low Water Steelhead patterns

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Chris Bellows, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows The Thought Train

    Moving away from saltwater this month. Let's see your best low-water swinging patterns for steelhead. Extra points for classic patterns with a twist.

    I'll try to get something tied up to share by the end of the month after settling in to the new pad in SW Florida.

  2. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    lelandflies-002.jpg Here's one I've been fishing for a number of years. It's a Brad's Brat I call "Fat Brat."
  3. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    Oh man and I thought I was going to participate. I have some great low water patterns for steel, but they are not at all traditional swinging patterns. Maybe I'll soft hackle one of them!
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  4. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    I really like the look of that rendition Leland.
  5. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Spring creekers of all colours tied on the same hook Lealand uses (albeit smaller):

    Same hook, Jim Kerr inspiration:

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  6. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    What model hook is that, stinger?
  7. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    Thomas, these are Gamakatsu Split Shot Drop Shot hooks. My Fat Brat is a 2/0 hook with size 10 dressings.

  8. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

    This is tied on a heavy hook (AJ size 3), but could just as easily be tied on a lighter wire.

    Sweeney Todd (Variant)
  9. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    How aboot some ties/flies here peeps!! :)
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  10. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    This one is my current "go to" fly. I call it a Fat Train. lelandflies-005.jpg
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  11. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    Psst... Your Canadian is showing! :D

    Also, I might post a crummy cell phone picture of a crummy little fly when I get home if i can get past the intimidation factor of these super sweet flies. #2good4me #holycrapprettyflies #imnotworthy #howdoifishforsteelhead #bieberfever
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  12. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Just post em' dude!
  13. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    Very much fishing flies, quickly tied and quickly lost in the trees, rocks, etc. of low water conditions...

    I can them 'swinging nymphs'. Recipe is various body combinations followed by a bit UV Minnow Belly flash, the a small amount of natural seal and squirrel tail in a dubbing loop. Hackle collar is red grouse from England.

    The squirrel tail in a dubbing loop is a bit of a PITA but the white tips make a nice halo effect.

    Forgive the rushed photos.

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  14. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

  15. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    I have a photographer friend who liked my Fat Flies and shot them a few years ago for a magazine. He gave me the files and I post them because they look pretty good and I like tying these little puppies. Anyway, here is one I shot of a box of fats with my phone.

    Box of Fat Flies.JPG
  16. Steve Knapp

    Steve Knapp Beach Bum

    Those are awesome flies Leland, I saw them in that magazine a couple years ago and the image always stuck with me, but I wasn't swinging for steelhead at that time.... didn't realize they were yours either.

    When you posted a shot of the fly in another post, I got all excited again and tied three versions up, but didn't recognize the hook, so they're on Gami #2 Octopus hooks. I'm picking up Drop shot hooks tomorrow. Thanks for posting, they are awesome.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
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  17. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    Here is a little tiny green butt whatever!

    Attached Files:

  18. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    And an orange whosit!

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  19. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    I tie and fish a lot of this stuff...

    Coachman Spider:


    Green-butt 'Spader'

    PT 'Spader'

    Steelhead Softhackles
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  20. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    The only other fly I fish is this one I learned from my friend Juro Mukai. I named it the Creeper. It looks best wet