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pmflyfisher 12-09-2002 07:21 PM

Favorite Great Lakes Steelhead Flys
What are yours ?

Here are mine:


- Hex nymphs - many different patterns, natural colors, bead heads

- Caddis - PM, Disco,Viagra and many other variations

- Gartside Sparrows

- Stone - PM Stone, Bears Stone,many others variations. Otis Bug etc.

- Fresh water shrimp - Mysis several variations

Egg Flies

- Single egg yarn fly - Oregon Cheese, Apricot, Early Girl, Peachy King, Chartreuse, baby blue colors

- Clown egg

- Nuke egg

- Cactus Chenille eggs

- Bead egg and skein

Hair Wings

- Blue Berg

- Black and Boss Comet

- Cossebooms and Rats

- Black Bear Green Butt

- Skunk - Green butt and normal

- PM Interceptor - Fluor Green

- Crick


- Graus Tiger

- Blue Smolt

- Chinook smolt

- Cardinelle

- Smelt & Alewife - Several variations

Marabou Speys

- Popsicles - various colors

Bunny leeches

- Black, Purple,

flyfishjeff 12-09-2002 08:42 PM

In my limited steelhead experience here are my favorites:


Estaz stones - black, brown, olive

Caddis - Bright green larva, viagra caddis


Scrammbled eggs - chartreuse/flame, oregon cheese/peachy king

Blood dots - various color combos

Simple eggs - chartreuse, oregon cheese, blue

Estaz eggs

Sucker spawn - pink, cream, oregon cheese, orange

I've only used nymphing tactics so I don't have any favorites for streamers. I would like to learn though.....need more time on the water.

BigDave 12-10-2002 08:37 AM

My Fav's:

Black Egg Sucking Leech

Egg Sucking Sculpin

Any Wolly Bugger

Steelhead Hammer

Nuclear Roe Bug

Colemans Estaz Egg

nbrandon 12-10-2002 08:54 AM

My faves:

Coast Orange
Purple Peril
Thunder & Lightning
Sol Duc Spey
Polar Shrimp


Lipripper 12-10-2002 04:08 PM

These are a few...
of my favorite ties:

Hex, caddis, Stone, Hares Ear (Flashback), Prince, PTs, and Shrimp

Egg Flies:
Dots, Nukes, Estaz, Clowns, Jerry Garcias,

Hair Wings:
Green butt skunk, Purple Peril

Bunny Sculpins, Small white stuff, Clousers (Bright), BBCD

Marabou Speys
Yeah some of those too, in a variety of colors.

pmflyfisher 12-10-2002 04:50 PM

Just can't get myself to use the Lawyer (ESL) flies yet.

I have heard of the Jerry Garcia but don't think I ever saw a picture of one. What is that tie ?

Got to add it this to to my fly wallett: True story: Went to the NY Filmore East theatre for a rock concert in Feb 1970 with my brother who was a rock mucsician and his muscisian friend who played with Arlo Guthries band. Grateful Dead and All Man Brothers were the two top groups. Anyway we had front row seats got their early and was talking to Jerry. Pretty cool, we did not know they were going to become rock super stars. Also love the Ben & Gerrys - Cherry Garcia ice cream try it some time.

Pm Out

dansteelieman 12-10-2002 09:09 PM

favorite fly...
I would have to say they would be this:

Nymphs -

1)Little Stones(allocanpia)
2)Hex Nymphs
3)Amnesia Caddis
4)Czech Mate Nymphs


1)Scramebled Eggs
2)Sucker Spawn
3)Nuke Egg
4)Dan's McCloud Egg

2)Sculpin imitations
3)Chinook Parr

Surf Patterns
1)Dan's Great Lakes Alewife
2)Dan's Holographic GL Baitfish

3)Surf Candies

removed_by_request 12-10-2002 10:25 PM


Learned a very important thing at a Dead concert in the 70's.

never i mean never drink out of the pass around wine bota.:smokin:

pmflyfisher 12-11-2002 06:59 AM

I know what you mean ! :smokin:

Nor on the steelhead rivers with flower children and hippie generation fly fishing anglers:whoa:

Lipripper 12-11-2002 10:40 AM

LOL....Lawyer flies :hehe: My Dad is gonna love that.
JG Eggs-email me your addy again and I'll send a couple over. It basically is just the right colored yarn to make it look sort of tie-died. Sounds like you had a rare opportunity to see a couple of the greats in their prime. The last couple dead shows I saw, most of us were standing around wondering if he was gonna die on stage? :rolleyes:


PS What do you guys mean?,,,Like the wine doesn't taste very good?;) :hehe:

pmflyfisher 12-11-2002 11:33 AM


Nice avatar picture of the puppie. Does he like to fish ?

Tie dyed egg flies, actually I probably already have them just didn't know they were called JG flies. Will have to do another trade soon got some new egg flies you have probably not seen up there in Wolverine land yet.

Actually at the show in 1970 at the Filmore East The Allmans Brothers were the first act of the show the lowest ranking band, a group called Love was next, than The Dead. All Man Brothers had just released their first album and no body including my brother knew who they were.

They were the best band that night at the Filmore East and went on to rock and roll stardom along with The Dead. Great memory that night was on a snowy Greenwich village night.

PM Out

BigDave 12-11-2002 11:46 AM

Hal, I am jealous that you got to see the Allmans back when Duane was still with them. One of the greatest slide players of all time. I've seen them over 15 times and they're still my favorite (and I'm 29 years old - missed out on the glory days).

Lipripper 12-11-2002 12:30 PM

Jealous 2
One of the greatest for sure. I'm a youngin too Dave. It's always cool to hear about the glory days from people that got to be right there when it was all going down. Makes me wonder what stories will be big hits when we get older. I am praying that it isn't boy bands.:hehe:

Hal, another swap is in order for sure. I am sure you have some of those eggs. It is mostly pastel colors pulled sparse and small and then clumped together so they blend in and then posted up like a normal yarn egg. That avatar is actually a pic of a buddy's hound who stuck some of those bubba teeth in him and took the shot. I thought it was funny so...what the heck. My dog has now put 2 and 2 together and knows that when I grab my gear we are going fishing. Today I caught him tugging on the straps of my gear bag as if to say "Common..don't go back to work....let's go fishing!" I wish I could have...its 42 here right now.


pmflyfisher 12-11-2002 01:45 PM

Hey I did not notice the bubba teeth thats right up Flyfishark alley, there is an entire web site on that somewheres.

Looks like I will have a new dog soon probably a huskie of some type my younger son football player wants something to run with and his turn to pick the dog. But my wife said maybe we should have two so them I get to pick the second one.

Now that I think about the Allman Brothers and Dead Concert half of them are probably dead now. JG, Pigpen, Duane Allman etc.. Is Dickie Betts still alive he was really good.

Yes those days were really a renaissance period for america in many ways.

The front row concert ticket was like $ 20 also.

PM Out

BigDave 12-11-2002 02:01 PM

Dickie still rips on the guitar and the Allmans are still pretty good live considering the number of brain cells they have destroyed along the way :devil: Always a great mix of folks at their shows.

I think the only other casualty from that gig in addition to those you mentioned was Berry Oakley, who crashed on his motorcycle almost exactly one year from Duane's death.

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