August Fly Salon - Low Water Steelhead patterns

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

  1. 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. 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. 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. I really like the look of that rendition Leland.
  5. Spring creekers of all colours tied on the same hook Lealand uses (albeit smaller):

    Same hook, Jim Kerr inspiration:

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  6. What model hook is that, stinger?
  7. Thomas, these are Gamakatsu Split Shot Drop Shot hooks. My Fat Brat is a 2/0 hook with size 10 dressings.

  8. 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. How aboot some ties/flies here peeps!! :)
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  10. This one is my current "go to" fly. I call it a Fat Train. lelandflies-005.jpg
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  11. 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. Just post em' dude!
  13. 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. 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
  15. 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.

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  16. Here is a little tiny green butt whatever!

    Attached Files:

  17. And an orange whosit!

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

    Coachman Spider:


    Green-butt 'Spader'

    PT 'Spader'

    Steelhead Softhackles
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  19. 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


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