I propose a spring native steelhead fly swap! Here's how it works - send in some pre-determined number of flies, say 6. Everyone gets that many back from the other swappers. I will photograph them and post them for all to enjoy. Please attach recipes or at least a good fish story with each fly.
Doing it right away would mean to send 6 from the spring tying you're doing, and getting some diversity in return to place in that spring native box before it all begins. Although the Cascade closures mess things up, we can still C&R on the peninsula and Columbia streams with these flies.
Doing it between April and June in the tween season is the other option. In that case we could submit a mix of spring and summer flies, those that survived the last season and those that bring promise for fooling the first summer fish.
I was originally thinking during the coldest part of the year... right about now. What are your thoughts?
i'm feeling a bit like a fish that was cast to and caught - juro just reeled me in via email
i've been busier than the proverbial bunny but unfortunately not having as much fun as him. I'm so far behind in everything, including getting out to fish, that i'll have to cast my vote for the 'tween time, but if it ain't so, i'll try my best.
I'd like to accomodate those who would prefer the 'tween time after spring natives and before the summer run - but that would be May. Let's do it sooner than that - how about *before* the spring fishery gets hot and heavy, like February 28th - a good two months down the road.
Please send those flies in to me by Feb 28th and I'll mail out so people will have them to try during the spring fishery. I'll set up a mail list based on the entrants and if you know anyone else with a hot pattern or two please invite them!
It's customary to include a recipe with your flies. Please let me know if you'd like the recipes kept in confidence (as in NOT posted to the internet) and I will only forward to the recipient. At least one should be post-able, they can't all be that hot
Altoid cans are good containers, inside a padded envelope, etc. An audio cassette case in a cassette mailer (avail at mailboxes) is another good option. If you send a flybox I will send it back with the flies you get.
You can tie 6 of the same -or- mix 'em up, no matter.
Enrollment is open thru February, so if you haven't already signed up please do!
Can I join in from this side of the Atlantic? Steelheads are kinda thin on the ground here.....and even rarer in the water, but I could send over 6 of the flies we use for Rainbows in the lochs and reservoirs.
Ryan, it's a pleasure to have you in the swap. I might comment that because some rivers prohibit the use of weighted flies, this might be a good time to pick up a classic wet fly pattern or two from your skilled cohorts after the WSC meetings. In any case, feel welcome to contribute anything you can, I am just offering a comment and your flies are just as welcome as any.
Phil, anything that can get oot the troot in Scotland should fare well in the states. Perhaps a wee splash of Macallan would keep the moths from eating the feathers in transit
I sit here tonight at about 100 in the morning or so realizing the relative hidiousness (sp?) of my flies.
They will not compare to the years of experiance and the beautiful spey flies that will be coming your way.
I catch a large amount of my fish on simple marabou speys but everyone has those so I am tying my origonal ties...well just the ones that catch fish.
I apologize now for their relative simplicity.