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Surface fishing for steelhead is exciting and can be very productive during certain water conditions. These conditions happen on most rivers during the summer months when water temperatures and flows are moderate. Rivers, which contain a high percentage of wild steelhead from June through October, are the best bet. Wild steelheads seem more prone to rise to the surface than do hatchery fish.
In steelhead vernacular "Dry Flies" are fished up-stream and dead drifted, much like fishing for trout. Some steelheads have been taken by this method. However, flies, which are fished down-stream (under tension from the line and current), have proven more productive under most conditions. All of the flies listed below can be fished "dry". However, bushy flies such as the Royal Wulff, Greased Liners and Waller Wakers fish best.
A "Damp Fly" rides in the surface film. It is often cast slightly upstream and then led across the current under light tension down-stream of the angler. This method is called "Greased Line Fishing". Flies that are best suited for this approach incorporate semi-buoyant materials in their dressing. Muddlers, Greased Liners and Caddis lend themselves well to this presentation.
A "Waking Fly" is usually presented down stream so
that it will make a V-shaped disturbance in the surface film. Waking flies are
often "Riffle Hitched". A riffle hitch is a series of knots, which
changes the attitude of the fly/leader connection so that the fly pulls at an
angle to the current. In this way the fly will always seek the path of least
resistance which is the surface. The most commonly used riffle hitch is made
when the fly is tied on in the conventional manner and then two half hitches are
added behind the eye of the hook. However, these half hitches can be placed
behind the head of the fly or even behind the wing to change the angle. In this
manner even very slender flies can be riffled…if you have fast smooth water
and can cast a very straight line. Flies, which are constructed from buoyant
materials and shaped to resist the flow of the water, are easiest to use where
the surface is textured. These flies tend to ride higher. Often the entire fly
is visible above the surface. All of the flies listed in this section are
commonly riffle hitched. The shape of the fly will determine which is best
suited for a particular water type. You should carry a complete selection.
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Steelhead angling photos by: Mark Bachmann (Deschutes & Sandy Rivers) - all rights reserved.