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Old 01-31-2003, 04:04 PM
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what flies do you guys use the most for GL steelhead? and which do you have the most success with?
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Old 02-04-2003, 11:02 AM
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Sean, I'm about to start posting a series of flies PmFlyfisher sent in for a fly swap. There are a few in there that fit the bill, and are simple to tie as well.
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Old 02-04-2003, 07:10 PM
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thanks i know egg patterns work well but i only know how to tie one of them which is the glow bug
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Old 03-03-2003, 04:23 PM
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i've come up with a few of my own witch i don't know if they will work and i got a few off tv. have any of you used the flesh fly?
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Nymphs and eggs are my most often used patterns, but use speys and streamers at times. Imprinting natural food in our GL rivers is often successful when chasing steelhead within the region. At times, modern spey patterns such as marabou speys and bunny speys work well. Most patterns I fish incorperate flashy materials such as krystal flash and holographic tinsel as well.

Here is a pic of some of my most used patterns and ones found in the Great Lakes. Most are my own, but some are old stand by's.

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Dan,

Are those shrimp patterns in the bottom right corner ? I've been working on a number of shrimp patterns all winter.

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Old 03-03-2003, 07:56 PM
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yes...

That is the Galloup's shrimp, but I have my own mysis imitation. I can post the pics if you want?
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Old 03-03-2003, 08:38 PM
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I knew it I can tell a shrimp pattern a mile away.



FYI, I have a combo shrimp and hex pattern. I call it my double nymph pattern. Hex-shrimper, or something like that

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Same here....

Do you want to see mine? I have one that is a crossover as I call it....

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I call it Dan's Sexy-hexy
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Just a suggestion...

If you are interested in steelies (and who isn't), read the book "Steelhead Dreams" by Matt Supinski. In it he has good info on the Great Lakes steelies, and all aspects of the sport, including flies.

For my local tribs, my favorite patterns are size 12 or 14 beadhead gold-ribbed hare's ear (flashback), a size 10 leech pattern (a buddy of mine "invented" a unique tie), size 12 or 14 chartreuse estaz egg, and depending on water clarity, a size 12 or 14 mysis shrimp pattern. These four usually catch fish for me, although sometimes I have to rely on size 4 or 6 "bunny" flies and others.

Like most guys, I carry a lot more flies than I need "just in case", but these are the ones I catch 90 to 95% of the fish on.

(p.s. - Hey, Hal - those are mysis shrimp patterns in Dan's flybox! One of the natural foods of theGreat Lakes!)

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God bless....

Sounds like you are a true GL steelheader!

Your 100% right Bob, I always have mysis shrimp patterns in my box.
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FYI

I have been using Mysis shrimp for 10 years or morem but special Hex and shrimp pattern is all I really need, when all is said it done.

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They're pretty cheap to make also.
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i know how to tie a egg but what annoys me is that it is only half a "ball" by the way nice selection of flies
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thanks...

That is my winter box, my spring box is alot different. Larger patterns and ones needed for high spring water, and fresh fish.

The patterns I have in my winter box are usually smaller and more elaborate since fishing for stale fish is sometimes a challenge, especially when they have "lockjaw" on those cold, GL wintery days!
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