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Guide Intruder, Pink Prom Dress, Copper Hoh Bo Spey, Wine
Signature, Intruder Black/Red Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange Red Rocket
Prom Dress, Blue Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple Sandy Blue
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange/Pink

Winter steelhead have a reputation for being difficult for the fly angler. The winter weather and water conditions, as well as sexually developed fish, create some of the most demanding conditions that the angler will encounter all year. Winter steelhead are most often bottom hugging denizens of cold, often rain swollen rivers.  Sometimes it is very difficult to present the fly at the depth where the fish are holding. A sinking tip fly line is most often used to present the fly at the right depth. Often large expanses of water must be covered to find a fish that will bite.
Flies that are easy to cast are essential in this game. Flies that cast small, but fish large are ideal.  My favorite winter steelhead flies are made from soft flowing material that collapses when pulled from the water and puffs up when submerged.  Marabou and rabbit strip are two key components on my fly tying bench.  These materials breath with life when submerged.  Marabou drains out almost instantly when it leaves the water.  Even very large flies constructed from marabou are easy to cast.  When the water is cold,  large flies will often move fish that small flies won't.
Because of their mating instincts, winter steelhead, especially the males, can be territorial and will attack a fly to drive it from their hold.  Large flies dressed in steelhead spawning colors can bring jolting strikes. Fresh steelhead have an acute search image of the marine organisms that nurtured them. Flies dressed in the form of squid or krill can trigger a feeding response.
In most cases your fly must be presented to fish that are holding fairly close to the bottom of the river. Sometimes these holding areas are deep with a cover of fast water. This condition most often happens when the water is low and clear. When the water is high and colored, steelhead often hold in slower edge-water.  For that reason, an angler should carry a selection of flies that are not only different colors, but also different weights. For that reason many seasoned anglers carry flies that have large weighted eyes, medium weighted eyes and no eyes.
Interestingly our year-end fly inventory revealed that our customers are onto the game.The ten winter steelhead fly patterns and sizes listed below are the top sellers for 2011. They run the gambit of sizes, colors and weights, and come very close to the selections carried by each of our professional guides.

To view the most comprehensive and up-to-date selection of winter steelhead flies found on the world wide web, just click this link: Winter Steelhead Fly Directory


Guide Intruder, Pink 
Scott Says, "My years fishing in BC also made me a strong believer in the color pink. I had too many fish pulled out behind me by friends fishing the notorious pink worm to not be an advocate of pink.  As a result, there was a time when a pink Guide Intruder was about all I fished in BC unless colored water forced me to go darker.  As I look back at the photo albums from my time spent up North, it is no coincidence that just about every fish has a pink mop hanging from its jaws.  I have since found

Guide Intruder, Pink

pink to be productive on most steelhead rivers up and down the coast."
Our experience with this fly is that it will move fish in the toughest conditions. It is big and bulky and is difficult to cast unless you get your line perfectly straight before you start your forward stroke. An 8/9 weight rod with a heavy tip is also a help.  In our experience this fly is best when the river is cod and clear. Then tie on one of these bombs and fish the deeper faster water.
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  STO79PK Guide Intruder, Pink 1/0 3 for $10.50

Signature Intruder, Red & Black

This is a mid-weight, mid-size fly that has proven to be a deadly device on steelhead year around. More than a few spring Chinooks have eaten it also. Black and red kind of bridges the gap between dark flies and bright flies, and is proven in both bright light and darker conditions. Signature intruders are fairly easy to cast with rods of seven weight or heavier.
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ST078RB Signature Intruder, Red & Black 2 3 for $10.50

Prom Dress, Blue
As a sport, fly fishing is the scientific  exploration of the aquatic world with tools, which deliver information about game fish that no other equipment can render. Often this information is collected and the fish is released with a minimum amount of wear & tear. It survives to possibly be re-examined by someone else.  Even the most experienced anglers are often reluctant to try to explain why anadromous salmonids will strike any fly while in fresh water. Nothing bright blue lives in the water with these fish. Maybe that's the key. 

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PD-BLUE  Prom Dress Fly, Blue 3 for $10.50 

 Prom Dress, Copper
It's pretty safe to say that nothing in a bright metallic copper color lives in the rivers with your intended quarry either. Yet, copper colored wobblers are known to be deadly at times, especially in tannin colored water. No matter why, this fly is one of the top sellers and top producers sold at our shop.

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PD-COPPER  Prom Dress Fly, Copper   3 for $10.50

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange

This thing looks so much like a squid you might be tempted to eat it yourself. This fly is deadly on fresh fish that are new to the river. Coastal steelhead think it is candy, and the Orange Pick 'Yer Pocket is one of the top sellers of all time. It is weighted perfectly for many fish holding spots.

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange

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ST197OR02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange 2 3 for $10.50

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple

Purple is the sleeper color on many rivers.  It is the main color east of the Cascades. But, purple is also a key winter color, especially for fish that are farther from the Ocean. Pick 'Yer Pockets are fairly easy to cast with medium to larger size Spey rods, or even smaller rods if you have pretty good skills

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple

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ST197PR02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple 2 3 for $10.50

Hoh Bo Spey Fly, Orange/Pink

This beautiful pink and orange fly mimics both shrimp and squid, two favorite foods for early winter steelhead as they traverse the shallower water over the Continental Shelf. Pink and orange flies are perfect during the tail end of winter spates, and show up well during "steelhead-green" water conditions.  Fish this fly on a slow swing using a sinking tip designed to keep your offering within a foot of the bottom.

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ST0705OP Hoh Bo Spey Fly,
Orange and Pink
2 3 for $10.50

Hoh Bo Spey Fly, Wine

This is a sleeper pattern for any summer or winter steelhead river. Wine is a good early morning bet for the Clackamas or Sandy when the water is running clear. Has been proven throughout Washington, British Columbia and Alaska as well.

Hoh Bo Spey Fly, Wine

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ST0705WN Hoh Bo Spey Fly, Wine 2 3 for $10.50

Red Rocket
The Red Rocket is proven in all conditions, but is best when the water is low, clear and cold. This fly is unweighted and will fish in many types of water where other flies get hung up too often. This fly has a lot of life-like movement in the water and has been one of the top sellers in our store for the past ten years.

Item Description Price To Top
06284 Red Rocket Steelhead Tube Fly
tied on lightweight soft plastic tubes
3 for $10.50

Sandy Blue
The Sandy Blue is very reliable during medium flows and temperatures from Southern Oregon to Northern British Columbia. It is by far the most popular winter steelhead fly sold in our shop for the past ten years. Don't leave home without several in your fly box.

Item Description Price To Top
06287 Sandy Blue Steelhead Tube Fly
tied on lightweight soft plastic tubes
3 for $10.50

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