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Winter Steelhead Flies

Flies are constantly evolving as our understanding of game fish and the prey they eat, progresses. The sport of fly fishing really is a search for knowledge of the natural world around us, especially the aquatic components. The evolution of this knowledge can be traced in the history of fly tying skills and the progression of fly patterns over the past 500 years.  The rise of industrial technology has played a role. Most modern flies still contain natural materials that were available in the beginning.  But, many key components used in the latest winter steelhead flies have only been available in the last few years.  The Fly Fishing Shop has always been on the cutting edge of winter steelhead fly development. We remain on the forefront today!         CONTINURED BELOW...

Winter Steelhead Fly Directory
This may be the most complete selection of winter steelhead flies ever assembled on one page.
All pictures are mouse-over for fly names.  Click flies for more information.


Spot On Prawn, Pink


Spot On Prawn, Red

Silvinator, Black and Blue
Silvinator, Black & Blue

Silvinator, Black and Orange
Silvinator, Black & Orange

Morejohn's Bantam, Black & Blue
Bantam, Black & Blue
Morejohn's Bantam, Green Butt
 Bantam, Green Butt
Morejohn's Orange Bantam
Bantam, Orange
Morejohn's Pink Bantam
Bantam, Pink

Fish Taco, Black
Fish Taco, Black

Fish Taco, Pink
Fish Taco, Pink

Fish Taco, Purple
Fish Taco, Purple

Fish Taco, Chartreuse
Fish Taco, Chartreuse

Fish Taco, Red
Fish Taco, Red

MOAL Leech, Black/Blue
MOAL Leech, Black/Blue

MOAL Leech, Black/Chartreuse
MOAL Leech, Black/Chart.

MOAL Leech, Black/Purple
MOAL Leech, Black/Purple

MOAL Leech, Hot Pink
MOAL Leech, Hot Pink

MOAL Leech, Pink/Purple
MOAL Leech, Pink/Purple

MOAL Leech, Purple
MOAL Leech, Purple

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple
Prom Dress, Blue
Prom Dress, Blue

Prom Dress, Copper
Prom Dress,
Copper

Prom Dress, Fuchsia
Prom Dress,
Fuchsia

Prom Dress, Purple
Prom Dress,
Purple

Cone Head String Leech, Black
Cone Head Leech, Black

Cone Head String Leech, Olive
Cone Head Leech, Olive

Cone Head String Leech, Purple
Cone Head Leech, Purple

Cone Head String Leech, Chartreuse
Cone Head Leech, Chartreuse

Cone Head String Leech, Pink
Cone Head Leech, Hot Pink

Cone Head String Leech, Red
Cone Head Leech, Red

Marabou, Tube Fly, Sandy Blue
MarabouTube Fly, Blue

Marabou Tube Fly, Red Rocket
Marabou Tube Fly, Red

Marabou Tube Fly, Purple & Pink
Marabou Tube Fly, Purple

Marabou Tube Fly, Sandy Candy
MarabouTube Fly, Candy

Metal Detector, Black & Chartreuse
Metal Detector, Chartreuse

Metal Detector, Red & Orange
Metal Detector, Red

Cook's Alaskabou, Volcano
Alaskabou, Volcano

Cook's Alaskabou, Blue Moon
Alaskabou, Blue Moon

Cook's Alaskabou, Popsicle
Alaskabou, Popsicle

Agitator, Black & Red
Agitator, Black & Red

Agitator, Purple & Flame
Agitator, Purple & Flame

Agitator, Pink & Orange
Agitator, Sandy Candy

Deep Eyed Wog
Deep Eyed Wog

Articulated Leech, Black
Articulated Leech, Black

Articulated Leech, Purple
Articulated Leech, Purple


Big Black

Big Purple
Big Purple

Big Red
Big Red

Egg Sucking Leech, Black & Red
Egg Leech, Black

Egg Sucking Leech, Purple & Pink
Egg Leech, Purple

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black
Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive
Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive

General Practitioner, Black
General Practitioner, Black

General Practitioner, Original Orange
General Practitioner, Orange
General Practitioner, Purple
General Practitioner, Purple
Super Prawn, Orange
Super Prawn, Orange
Sand Shrimp
Sand Shrimp
Hoh Bo Spey, Black/Blue
Hoh Bo Spey, Black/Blue
Hoh Bo Spey, Green Butt
Hoh Bo Spey, Green Butt
Hob Bo Spey, Orange Butt
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange Butt
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange/Purple
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange/Purple

Hoh Bo Spey, Wine
Hoh Bo Spey, Wine

Hobbit Spey, Black
Hobbit Spey, Black

Hobbit Spey, Orange
Hobbit Spey, Orange

Hobbit Spey, Purple
Hobbit Spey, Purple

Green Butt Spey
Green Butt Spey

Jack O'Lantern Spey
Jack O'Lantern Spey

SunKissed Spey
Sun Kissed Spey

Expression Spey
Expression Spey

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Black & Blue
Tandem Tube, Black/Blue

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Egg Sucker
Tandem Tube, Egg Sucker

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Fleshy Red
Tandem Tube, Fleshy Red

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Orange & Pink
Tandem Tube, Orange/Pink

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Purple
Tandem Tube, Purple

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Red & Orange
Tandem Tube, Red & Orange

Foxee Prawn, Purple

Foxee Prawn, Purple

Foxee Prawn, Orange

Foxee Prawn, Orange

Foxee Prawn, Black & Blue

Foxee Prawn, Black

Foxee Prawn, Popsicle
Foxee Prawn, Popsicle

Signature Intruder, Red & Black
Sig Intruder, Red/Black

Signature Intruder, Purple
Sig Intruder, Purple

Signature Intruder, Pink & Orange
Sig Intruder, Pink/Orange

Signature Intruder, Olive
Sig Intruder, Olive

Signature Intruder, Black & Orange
Sig Intruder, Black/Orange

Signature Intruder, Black & Blue
Sig Intruder, Black/Blue

Signature Intruder, Black Green Butt
Sig Intruder, Green Butt
Signature Intruder, White
Sig Intruder, White
Guide Intruder, Black
Guide Intruder, Black
Guide Intruder, Chartreuse
Guide Intruder, Chartreuse

Guide Intruder, Pink
Guide Intruder, Pink

Larimer Loop Leech, Black/Chartreuse
 Loop Leech, Black/Chartreuse

Larimer Loop Leech, Black

Loop Leech, Black

Larimer Loop Leech, Pink

Loop Leech, Pink

Larimer Loop Leech, Red
Loop Leech, Red

Larimer Loop Leech, Purple
Loop Leech, Purple

Jumbo Critter, Black
Jumbo Critter, Black 

Jumbo Critter, Black & Blue
Jumbo Critter, Black/Blue
Jumbo Critter, Black and Red
Jumbo Critter, Black/Red
Jumbo Critter, Chartreuse and Blue
Jumbo Critter, Chartreuse
Jumbo Critter, Pink and Orange
Jumbo Critter, Pink & Orange

Jumbo Critter, Purple
Jumbo Critter, Purple

Silvey's Tube Snake, Black & Blue
Tube Snake, Black & Blue

Silvey's Tube Snake, Purple
Tube Snake
, Purple

Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange
Tube Snake, Orange

Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange & Pink
Tube Snake, Pink

Silvey's Tube Snake, Red
Tube Snake, Red

Al Green
Al Green
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Skagit Minnow, Black
Skagit Minnow, Black
Skagit Minnow, Chartreuse/White
Skagit Minnow, Chart/White
Skagit Minnow, Pink and Orange
Skagit Minnow, Pink/Orange
Skagit Minnow, Purple and Blue
Skagit Minnow, Purple/Blue
Bjorn's Stinger Prawn, Black and Blue
Stinger Prawn, Black
Bjorn's Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse and White
Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse
Bjorn's Stinger Prawn, Purple
Stinger Prawn, Purple

GP Spey, Black

GP Spey, Orange

GP Spey, Purple
Wambat Fly, Orange
Wombat Fly, Orange
Wambat Fly, Blackbird
Wombat Fly, Blackbird
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE: On the average, winter steelhead flies are getting larger.  This is not only because we are learning how to tie larger flies, but more importantly we are developing the tackle and skills to fish larger flies more comfortably. Certain strains of steelhead prefer large flies. Many of them return to our rivers during the winter months.
Development of the most important new patterns, is most naturally by the hardest working professional fly fishing guides.  If you are a guide, your career is dependent on your ability to be able to get your clients hooked up. It stands to reason if you spend 100-200 days a year fishing for steelhead, you are going to learn a lot about how to catch them.  
Pictured above is a selection of flies that are on the cutting edge of winter steelhead fly development.  These patterns were developed and proven by the area's best winter steelhead guides: Mark Bachmann, Mike Kinney, Brian Silvey, Marty Sheppard, Tom Larimer, Brian Kite, Scott Howell, George Cook and Charles St. Pierre. Our Company roots are in winter steelhead fly fishing.  We have the most complete selection of winter steelhead fly fishing gear in the region, if not the world.  Our aim is to remain the leader and bring you the best winter steelhead fly fishing tackle available, and this includes the best selection of winter steelhead flies.  We also intend to make this collection most convenient to access on the internet.

Skandit?
Are Skagit and Scandi lines converging?
SA Skagit Extreme Rio Skagit Flight Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Lines
Steelhead are Pacific Northwest Icons. The anglers who pursue them are some of the most passionate in the world. Some steelhead anglers spend over a hundred days a year on the water. Around here most of these dedicated anglers use two-handed fly rods...the majority of the time. An angler who spends this amount of time on the water will encounter many different water and weather conditions. Steelhead rivers have a wide range of personalities. Several types of Spey lines may be used throughout the year to maximize your chances when coping with changes of river sizes, fish sizes, and fly sizes, as well as changes in water-temperatures and wind-velocities. The majority of anglers today use shooting head style lines on their two-handers. The heads for these lines come primarily in two styles, "Scandi" & "Skagit". Scandi lines evolved on the Atlantic Salmon rivers in Scandinavia. These lines were designed with long front tapers to give them delicate presentations and extra flight time. Often PolyLeaders are added to these Scandi shooting heads to give them adaptable sink rates. Designers of Scandinavian shooting heads retained the "touch-and-go" anchor used by casters of traditional long belly lines in Europe.
Skagit lines are a product of the Pacific Northwest of North America where anglers found that very large flies are productive for Steelhead and Salmon, especially if they were fished near the bottom of a river. At first these lines lacked front tapers because their designers used the floating head of the line to turn over heavy-weight sinking tips, which in turn retained enough energy to turn over very large flies. Skagit lines evolved to present extremely large flies at maximum depth in areas where very little back-cast room was available. Pacific Northwest anglers found that casting very large/heavy flies was easier to accomplish with a dead-stopped "sustained-anchor", and casts such as the "Perry Poke" became popular.
Along the Pacific Coast, Scandi Lines gained popularity with summer anglers and Skagit style lines have been more popular with winter anglers. Because many anglers fish year around, it was inevitable that some cross pollination of the two casting styles and line styles would occur. The newest generation of Skagit Heads available from the top three line manufacturers have front tapers to slow the turn-over and extend flight time during a cast. These lines are the Skagit Compact from Airflo, Skagit Flight from Rio and the Spey Skagit Extreme from Scientific Anglers. All of these heads come in all of the weights and lengths to fit the full array of both Spey and Switch rods. The other day Ed Ward stopped by the shop and in the ensuing conversation said that he thought that the Scandi and Skagit style lines and the styles of casts used to employ them were converging into another style called "Modern Spey Casting", or "SKANDIT" (my spelling).
We believe this is so. The new M.O.W. Tips from Rio certainly facilitate this approach by making the "touch-and-go" anchor more practical with Skagit heads, and they also perform superbly with sustained anchor casts needed when presenting larger flies. We truly do live in the golden age of Spey Fishing where development is ongoing. MB

California Yellowtail, Seriola lalandi dorsalis
California Yellowtail are one of three sub-species of Yellowtail Amberjack, which are most easily identified by their bright yellow caudal fins. The streamlined body has three primary colors: purple/blue on the back, white/sliver belly, and a goldish/yellow stripe that runs from the eye to the tail. The yellowtail's range is circumglobal, in subtropical waters. Yellowtails are found as far north as the southern coast of British Columbia during El Niņo years and as far south as Chile. Yellowtails are prominent game fish from Southern California, into the Sea of Cortez and down the Pacific Coast of Mexico. They are most often found around structures, such as offshore islands, rocky reefs
 or kelp beds. The California Yellowtail is carnivorous and feeds on a variety of fish. Mackerel, sardines, anchovies, squid, and crab are common in the yellowtail's diet. Often, the California Yellowtail are found in schools feeding at the surface of the water, as well as deeper down.
The all tackle record is: 92.1 pounds.
The 10 KG. (22-pound) test fly rod world record is: 31 pounds.
Trout size Yellowtails like the two juveniles pictured above were caught from a school that probably contained about 100 fish. They were no match for the 10-12 weight tackle used for larger specimens of the same specie, but would crush tackle used for similar size trout. At first these fish showed little fear and literally fought over the flies we presented to them. However, after about a dozen were caught they became much wiser and became extremely selective and difficult to catch.
As the water cools in November, steelhead size yellowtails (8-pound average) are prominent over shallow reefs in the Sea of Cortez. They are voracious feeders and very strong fighters. Action can be so furious that a succession of these fish can wear an angler completely out.
As the water surface temperatures rise during the summer months, yellowtails head for deeper water and become unavailable to fly fishers. Larger yellowtails normally stay in deep water except when they spawn in the spring. It is during March/April/May time that the largest yellow tails are caught by fly anglers. Loreto, Mexico is the California Yellowtail fly rod record capitol.
Loreto Area's Fly Fishing Records
Species Tippet Class Weight of fish Date
Yellowtail Men's 3 Kg. 15 lb. 3 oz. January 30, 1973
Yellowtail Men's 6 Kg. 32 lb. 8 oz. March 14, 1972
Yellowtail Men's 8 Kg. 32 lb. 0 oz. March 27, 1973
Yellowtail Men's 10 Kg. 31 lb. April 28, 2006
Yellowtail Women's 8 Kg. 25 lb. March 12, 2008
Dorado Men's 10 Kg. 57 lb. 8 oz. July 23, 1997

Deep Eyed Minnow, Olive and White     Buy
Pattered after the famous Clouser Minnow, this is an indispensible fly for most saltwater destinations. The Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow is a good imitation of many species of small saltwater fish that larger sport fish feed on. This fly pattern is especially effective when fished deep with a fast sinking line and the heavy eyes help to get it down to a depth where many predatory fish live. These eyes also give the fly an erratic "wounded-baitfish" action when the fly is retrieved.

California Yellowtails find it hard to resist an Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow.
Troy Bachmann with a Jack Crevelle caught on and olive & white deep eyed minnow...
Many Jack Crevalles have fallen for the Deep Eyed Minnow.

Triggerfish like the one pictured above eat small fish and Deep Eyed Minnows.
In the Sea of Cortez and along the Pacific coast of Mexico, the Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow is used extensively for many shore-line fish such as all species of jacks, skipjack tuna, cabrilla, pargo, barracuda, yellowtail, triggerfish, and roosterfish. Often schools of smaller size baitfish draw the attention of marauding game fish, even to the point that they will ignore larger specimens of the same specie. Many times we have observed very large yellowtail, jack crevalle and roosterfish targeting bait that averaged less than two inches long when five-inch bait was readily available. This can be very frustrating when all your flies are large and the fish are ignoring them. At first it didn't make sense that fish weighing between ten and fifty pounds would selectively feed on the smaller baitfish, especially when specimens of the same specie were available in larger sizes. It is probably because younger/smaller fish are less experienced and are easier to catch.
Deep Eyed Minnow Deep Eyed Minnow, Olive/White
These flies are tied on strong, saltwater resistant hooks, using the finest materials available. The machined brass eyes are gold plated. Only the finest Eastern Bucktail is used for maximum swimming action.
Item Description Size Price To Top
50078-02 Deep Eyed Minnow, Olive and White 2 3 for $5.85

50078-04 Deep Eyed Minnow, Olive and White 4 3 for $5.85

50078-06 Deep Eyed Minnow, Olive and White 6 3 for $5.85

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