from 07/17 The
Fly Fishing Shop Insider)
WHY STEELHEAD EAT FLIES (Size does matter).
When steelhead are fresh from the Ocean they remember food in big bites and large flies will often move them. The longer they are in fresh water, the more acclimatized to that environment they become. In comparison to a mid-size squid, a large fully
developed salmon fly nymph is small. Anglers fishing at sea level on the Skeena, Skagit or Dean Rivers regularly use flies up to five inches long and over an inch in diameter. Some of these fish have been caught on eight inch long flies. Average flies for these rivers are 2 1/2" to 4".
In the lower parts of the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers, steelhead seem to prefer flies that range from 2" to 3". These fish can enter their parent river only a few days from the salt.
Most steelhead caught in the lower fifty miles of the Deschutes River are taken on flies from 1" to 2 1/2". These flies can be sparsely tied. From October through February most Deschutes steelhead are taken on flies that range from 1/2" to 1". Through the late fall and winter months many steelhead are caught with nymphs that are sizes #10 to #18. Most are caught with trout fishing tactics.
There are however, some very bright
wild steelhead that arrive in the Deschutes in November and December and the most
reliable fly sizes for them are similar to the ones used on bright fish
earlier in the season.
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In the 07/10 "Insider" we offered a dozen steelhead flies to the first person with a confirmed report of a fresh steelhead caught on the Deschutes. Click here for that report.
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Darkness was fast approaching and didn't give me much time to
deliberate. I started with the same cast that took the fish.
Then lengthened the line one three foot pull for the next cast.
The fly slid down current as it was hanging under the alder below
me. The strike came as I was lengthening the line for the forth
cast. The fish took just as I was starting to lift the line for
my upstream haul. It took the fly as it turned down stream and
jerked the rod tip a foot under water as it erupted through surface.
The shock was too much for the ten pound tippet and the Street
Walker probably decorated that eight pounder's jaw for most of
the evening. The encounter left me in the vacuum that follows
a peak surge of adrenaline.
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