August Fly Salon - Low Water Steelhead patterns

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

  1. Chris Bellows The Thought Train

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    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.

    Chris
  2. miyawaki Active Member

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    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 Active Member

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    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 Member: Native Fish Society

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

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    Spring creekers of all colours tied on the same hook Lealand uses (albeit smaller):
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    Same hook, Jim Kerr inspiration:

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  6. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    What model hook is that, stinger?
  7. miyawaki Active Member

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

    Leland.
  8. S Fontinalis Active Member

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

    Sweeney Todd (Variant)
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  9. constructeur Active Member

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

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    This one is my current "go to" fly. I call it a Fat Train. lelandflies-005.jpg
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  11. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    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 Active Member

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    Just post em' dude!
  13. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    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 Active Member

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  15. miyawaki Active Member

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    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.

    Leland.
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  16. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    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 Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Here is a little tiny green butt whatever!

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  18. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    And an orange whosit!

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  19. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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

    Coachman Spider:

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    Green-butt 'Spader'
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    PT 'Spader'
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    Steelhead Softhackles
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  20. miyawaki Active Member

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    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

    Leland.
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