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Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 04-05-2006, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 935
Posted By grouseman
A beginners question. What does a spey fly like...

A beginners question. What does a spey fly like this represent to the steelhead? Are the colors and the patterns of the colors critical? Do these work well on GL tribs? I agree, a beautiful fly.
Forum: Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 04-04-2006, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 834
Posted By grouseman
Is that a brown in pic #3? If so, beauty.

Is that a brown in pic #3? If so, beauty.
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 04-03-2006, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,654
Posted By grouseman
The hairwing matuka sounds abit like some of the...

The hairwing matuka sounds abit like some of the salmon fly patterns I used and tied last spring in MT, using deer hair alternating with dubbing (don't remember the pattern name).
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 04-03-2006, 02:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,654
Posted By grouseman
I can't visualize how the hair or marabou could...

I can't visualize how the hair or marabou could mimic the matuka style. Also, what kind of feather is the wing shown by Charlie? Is the hen neck or saddle feathers bigger with longer barbs- is that...
Forum: Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 03-29-2006, 05:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 526
Posted By grouseman
Muskegon River

I'm new at swinging flies and admit to frustration in the past week on the Muskegon River. I have yet to hook a steelhead in 6 valiant days of effort. The river is running about 3500 and gradually...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 02-15-2005, 04:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 927
Posted By grouseman
I doubt there is a restriction on number of...

I doubt there is a restriction on number of points. In fact, the fly in question had 2 hook trailing, tied on either side of the main shank of a long streamer hook (its point cut off) and tied in a...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 02-15-2005, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 927
Posted By grouseman
hook size

I'm wondering about proper hook size for GL steelhead. I was using an intruder-style fly this weekend with a size 6 Daiichi 2571 as the trailer hook and had several hard strikes with no hookups. ...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-24-2005, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,203
Posted By grouseman
I'll give it a try and report with pics. ...

I'll give it a try and report with pics. Hopefully the rivers will thaw so I can test the patterns in something other than my jacuzzi. My second trout wife didn't care for the rattlesnake I left on...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-23-2005, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,203
Posted By grouseman
I was afraid of that. I'd rather do it without...

I was afraid of that. I'd rather do it without plastic. It would be nice to try to duplicate the irresistable wobble or noise that Hot-n-Tots have, only with swing techniques. Steelhead can't...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-23-2005, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,203
Posted By grouseman
Question Diver heads

Has anyone tied patterns that can wobble and dive on a swing like the backdrifting plugs. Some of the deerhair head patterns can dive when actively stripped, but I haven't been able to create that...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-23-2005, 06:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,039
Posted By grouseman
Nice head. Cold snowy evenings are conducive to...

Nice head. Cold snowy evenings are conducive to such things! :)
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-14-2005, 07:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By grouseman
As I've been tying spey-style flies (or trying...

As I've been tying spey-style flies (or trying and learning), ie thin-bodied, long-hackled, low-riding winged flies, I've wondered about the purpose of the wing. Baitfish or crustaceans don't have...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-11-2005, 05:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,031
Posted By grouseman
What are you cutting the hook with? How are you...

What are you cutting the hook with? How are you attaching the cut bend to the shaft?
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-11-2005, 08:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,339
Posted By grouseman
Thanks for the info to all who shared. Will you...

Thanks for the info to all who shared. Will you split those quills from the very top, or will you use the tip and wrap unstripped until it gets too thick. Do you use the very lowests hackles as...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-08-2005, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,339
Posted By grouseman
Question Rhea

I just received my first Rhea shipment today. They are long, heavy quilled. It seems only the terminal several inches is usable to wind around a hook as spey. I can't imagine winding the thick...
Forum: Art of Casting 01-04-2005, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,962
Posted By grouseman
With river flowing right to left, casting (one or...

With river flowing right to left, casting (one or two-handed) with right hand, why does the fly tend to tail upstream?
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 01-04-2005, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By grouseman
Neophyte question: Why are the tails turned up? ...

Neophyte question: Why are the tails turned up? Is it functional (I frequently do this with nymph patterns) or aesthetic?
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 01-04-2005, 04:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,338
Posted By grouseman
If you get right on the bottom and watch...

If you get right on the bottom and watch sculpins, they hug the stones and dart. Never have I seen a sculpin or other prey drift in the manner of the swung fly. An upstream cast with a sculpin...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 01-04-2005, 06:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,338
Posted By grouseman
I've had several old-timer spinners tell me they...

I've had several old-timer spinners tell me they like to cast upstream and retrieve just fast enough to keep the blades moving, inching the lure along the bottom faster than the current and fast...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 01-03-2005, 09:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,338
Posted By grouseman
Riveraddict, On a down and across swing, how do...

Riveraddict, On a down and across swing, how do you get the fly to go slower. It seems, the longer the cast, the less control you have over speed. When you say slower, what do you mean? Do you...
Forum: Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 01-02-2005, 07:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By grouseman
I bought it on ebay with the rod and reel, so I'm...

I bought it on ebay with the rod and reel, so I'm trying to figure out the various components.
What fly colors are you using? I caught a nice brown on a light yellow rabbit strip with white spey...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 01-01-2005, 09:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,338
Posted By grouseman
How do you really get the fly to go slower than...

How do you really get the fly to go slower than the current without bouncing some weight on the bottom slowing it down? Or, do you mean, swinging from the far bank to the near bank near the bottom...
Forum: Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 01-01-2005, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By grouseman
Question Thanks Rambo. What is a sinktip compensator? ...

Thanks Rambo. What is a sinktip compensator? Good to hear of your luck. I'll keep plugging away. I've left the eggs/nymphs in the truck to avoid temptation. Tommorrow looks like another...
Forum: Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 12-31-2004, 05:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By grouseman
What length leader/tippet? Do you weight the...

What length leader/tippet? Do you weight the tippet? How about floating lines and longer leaders with weight? Thanks for your quick reply. It's 50f out right now!
Forum: Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 12-31-2004, 04:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By grouseman
Question Advice

I have Rio Accelerator with tips line for my Sage 2-handed rod. The green tip which I think is type 6 weighs 150gr for the 10wt. Today I was fishing a run on the Muskegon that was 4-7 ft deep and...
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