I offer PERSONALIZED fly boxes, add a name, quote or capture a special moment. Steelhead are less likely to chase a fly even six inches in 34°F water. The bucks response to this juvenile behavior is savage and involves teeth, and that is why the Lady Gaga is so effective. With this in mind, I like fishing for fall steelhead, the majority of the time with two egg flies; one larger, brighter pattern as an attractor and a second, smaller, more realistic pattern imitating what is coming down the river. This article show you how to make The Cluster Egg Fly (pom-pom eggs) - a very popular type of fly for steelhead and salmon. Steelhead in the Great Lakes perform their annual spawning each year during the spring. Steak and eggs is the breakfast of choice for steelhead! The blue and white version works best in clear waters, while I’ve found that the pink/purple variation with copper flash works best during high water. When fishing for steelhead in the fall directly behind spawning salmon – color and size becomes more important and is where “matching the hatch” is key. It is hard to believe that a piece of yarn tied to a hook can tempt these incredible fish, but this fly is absolutely deadly when fished the right way. Add a name or favorite quote. In these situations, fishing an egg imitation will almost invariably out fish any other method available. As a result, millions of eggs drift down the river becoming a significant food source for all fish in the river, notably steelhead. Attach your size 6mm Trout Bead underneath the Potter Pin. It's a simple fact. For many of us, these are first flies we used when we first started fishing the tributaries. Conversely, an 11' to 12' rod feels right at home on smaller coastal rivers in the west, and the majority of Great Lakes tributaries... Once you've decided the correct length, the line size should be dictated by two factors. In terms of color, your best option is to find an egg in the current and match the color. The Nuke can be tied as an attractor or natural imitator depending on size and color. If you are fishing quieter water, or water that sees more fishing pressure, I like to throw smaller Bombers. Q: What are the “secret” winter steelhead fly patterns? One of its key attributes is the veil or shroud of yarn that covers the nucleus of the pattern giving it a natural, transparent look when wet. I received some inquiries about the Euronymphing leader I used on last week’s steelhead trip to the Salmon River’s Lower Fly Zone. Egg Sizes Versus Fish Species. 25 & 50 packs. With increased angling pressure, water conditions, as well as factors only known by the steelhead themselves, they often become selective on size and color. There is nothing more heartbreaking that throwing a couple thousand casts and then losing a big buck because your hook straightened out. Although the Egg Sucking Leech can be fished on the swing, I prefer to rig it in a tandem nymph rig. Imported. Box of Eggs in Various Color Combinations. The setup for a bead and hook setup is simple: peg your egg two to three fingers above a bare hook. Fish this egg beneath a strike indicator, make that you have a good drift, and be ready. I like curved shank hooks for eggs and have found the Dai-Riki #125 in a size 14 or 16 to work well on eggs intended for trout. When fishing rivers that have a respectable trout population, use their selectiveness as an indication of the right color and size. Patterns like sucker spawn in pale yellow imitate that of both suckers and walleye, where the natural characteristics of Nuke Eggs and Glo Bugs in various colors and hues can be identical to those of natural steelhead eggs drifting down the river. See this link to River Traditions – Personalized Aluminum Fly Box. Add in some drizzle and some fog and you’ve got the perfect steelhead soup. Imitating the specific natural insects fish key in on is important to the success of the trout angler however this same approach should be used by steelhead anglers looking to imitate their prey’s primary food source – eggs. I particularly like fishing this fly in off-color or high water situations. drifting debris. How to Choose Them Getting the color and size of an egg fly is just as important as it is with mayflies and midges. Yes, brown trout, steelhead trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, and cutthroat trout will eat eggs of all these mentioned! Invented by steelheading guide Travis Johnson, the Lady Gaga is tied to imitate a little rainbow trout. All of this weight ensures that your fly gets down in water column and hangs out where those fish like to be. In rivers where the flies are present, such as the Salmon River, stone flies can be as important as egg flies are during the peak of the spawning season, and at times more effective. Here’s a link -> Personalized Aluminum Fly Box. Of course it’s not guaranteed, but put others’ experience in your corner to optimize your steelhead fishing and hopefully a well-earned steelhead into your net. I generally fish Steelhead Bombers on a twelve foot, 0x fluorocarbon leader, and I direct my casts across or downstream depending on how fast the current is. They will grab flies smaller and larger, but I believe that a fly in this zone is more likely to be eaten than a fly smaller or larger. While these might be partially or absolutely correct, I prescribe to the theory that fall weather and wind conditions bring steelhead close to river mouths, and the scent of pheromones and millions of salmon eggs drifting down the river triggers them to follow a gravy train of protein. The Bomber is most effective during the summer and early autumn when water temperatures are relatively warm. No steelheading box is complete without a Woolly Bugger or two Woolly Buggers imitate everything from minnows to crayfish to sculpin. It has a big profile and the marabou feathers that it is tied with gives it incredible action in the water. Hook - Raven Sz10 Octopus Bead - 1/8 GoldThread - GSP 50DTail - Krystal Flash Root BeerBody/Yarn - Mcfly Foam FL Peach In water over 42°F, steelhead may move 20 feet to hit a fly. mono. Often the top positioned fly is a multicolored pattern like a Clown or two-colored Rag Egg if not a Nuke Egg. This article’s goal is to provide you with a better understanding of what egg to use and when. Be sure to check the legal regulations on tributaries that have designated fly-fishing only sections. But with time, understanding, and some luck, I have learned that this multi-color configuration and approach can be significant to my success fishing for steelhead right here in Michigan. During this time period, the river is also used by walleyes, resident rainbow trout, suckers and carp (typically in that order with steelhead spawning the same time as rainbow trout) as their spawning area. Best Size for Winter Steelhead Flies Winter steelhead will, on average, respond better to a fly that is between 3/8-inch and 2.5-inches long. If you plan on fishing large Steelhead rivers where 90' to 120' casts are the norm, a 14' to 15' rod is the weapon of choice. Switch rods in the 10-12’ 7-8wt are a great double handed option. Egg patterns are synonymous with steelheading. Summer steelhead in the PNW or winter steelhead in the Great Lakes Region are particularly susceptible to nymph patterns like the Flashback Hare’s Ear. Whether you are fishing for spring, summer, fall or winter steelhead, you want to be sure to have a couple Hoh Bo Spey flies in your box. Steelhead can hit lightly, so if you feel a tip or tap, put the fly back to the same spot on the next cast. There are many theories as to “Why do steelhead enter our rivers in the fall?”, but there is no clear, general accepted theory. I didn’t count how many casts I made before I hooked another steelhead, but I am sure the number is in the thousands. 2. I have had the most luck on the red/black Skagit Minnow, but the pink or blue versions are also deadly in high water. With a wide variety of eggs to feed on, steelhead will often get locked into a certain size, shape and smell that is preferred over all the rest. It is tied to imitate shrimp, and fresh steelhead simply cannot resist this morsel that so closely resembles a food source that they regularly gorge on in the ocean. Urban legend holds that actual secret fly patterns exist and that said flies possess supernatural fish-catching properties. O… This is fly fishing inverse proportional value at its' best. Look on the ground at access sites or near fish cleaning stations to match your egg patterns – its not that much different than catching a mayfly out of the air and matching it to a fly in your box when trout fishing. Hi, David here the guy behind this website. I’ve now been fishing this pattern for four years now and have found great success with it. Fish tend to inhale eggs, and a bead and hook setup ensures that you hook the fish in the corner of the mouth instead of burying a barbed piece of steel in their gullet. If you are fishing in these high water and murky conditions, you need a fly that is going to stand out and the Guide Intruder has the profile to do just that. These little rainbow trout will even go so far as to harass the bucks to draw them away from a hen so that their buddies can sneak in behind the hen. Some think curious steelhead follow the salmon as they run up the river to spawn, others hypothesize that they are genetically programmed to enter rivers at that time of year. Fish this fly beneath an egg or an attractor pattern, and make sure to fish it behind subsurface structures like rocks and shelfs. The Pick Yer’ Pocket has plenty of weight to it, but the materials it is tied with don’t pick up water-weight like marabou and rabbit do. When the river is swollen and angry or off-color because of blown out tributaries, steelhead are more active and aggressive. 16-24 inches of 1X-3X fluorocarbon tippet, clinch knotted to the bottom of the barrel swivel and to the lead fly. This will resemble the egg sac the Salmon fry and alevin’s use for nutrients during this phase of their life cycle. A well stocked fly box for trout fishing is important to success and it’s no different for steelhead. It is easy to get caught up swinging big intruders patterns, but nymphs can be just as productive. 16-24 inches of 2X – 4X fluorocarbon tippet, clinch knotted to the eye of the top fly, and to the eye of the bottom fly at the terminal end. Once you apply a little head cement, it'll take on the color of the material below. In super clear water or when using single eggs or very small baits, I will drop down to a size 12 and a size 14 wide gap hook. This fly is particularly effective for fresh steelhead in clear or low water situations. Are you looking for the perfect gift for a fly fisher? This fly is tied in a wide variety of colors, but my favorites are pink, black and purple. 2X heavy wire and 3x short hook shank have you hooking and landing fish with confidence. One of my favorite nymph patterns for steelhead is the Agent Orange. This video covers the most common egg fly pattern styles for fly fishing. Change your egg pattern. When spawning salmon are in a river dropping eggs, other fish are eating them. The smallest egg sizes we find in most any river or lake are usually in the 1 to 2 mm size for the many sucker species, whitefish, crayfish, and frog egg sizes. While these chrome brutes will hit anything that remotely resembles an egg early in the run, they do get wise as time goes on. The Agent Orange should be fished beneath an indicator, and trailing a small egg or nymph behind this bug can be really deadly. Steelhead and the Stonefly. For just about any color egg, white UTC 70 Denier thread is just fine. Here’s a LINK to my store -> River Traditions, “This site is owned and operated by River Traditions LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Michigan, USA. If the water is more turbulent, you need to throw a slightly bigger Bomber in order to achieve a wake big enough to attract fish. This fly is tied with dumbbell eyes which ensures that it can get down to fish in those heavier flows, and it is designed to be fished on the swing. The How-To tying videos in this piece are brought to you by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions . The main reason that the Copper John is a great steelheading fly is because it is a great stonefly pattern. Even when you’re fishing eggs, you have to match the hatch. With this in mind, I like fishing for fall steelhead, the majority of the time with two egg flies; one larger, brighter pattern as an attractor and a second, smaller, more realistic pattern imitating what is coming down the river. Soft otter eggs fell into this same category of trout/steelhead egg patterns, and after years of moderate success I finally came up with an egg pattern that I have found to be significantly better. Q: What is the best size fly for steelhead? Beads have a nasty rap in some fly fishing circles because they are not hand-tied, but there are several reasons to fish a bead and hook rig. Depending on the timing of your fishing trip in relation to the “egg drop”, color plays a large factor and there are two ways to determine what is ideal: 1. Fish will usually come over to check out the leech, and then take the small egg or nymph that I run about eighteen inches behind it. But that is the magic of steelheading. Category: Steelhead Fly Patterns . Spring water conditions are often found to have a stain or be quite high and dirty. It has been ten years, but I will never forget that fish or the sound my reel made as she took off down stream. My indicator slipped under the water and across the current and I set the hook. While the Polar Shrimp can be dead drifted beneath an indicator, I prefer to fish it on the swing. The Pick Yer’ Pocket pattern is one of my favorite steelhead flies because it looks fishy, stands out in the water, and it is easy to cast. when a smaller pattern could easily be lost in all of the Egg fly patterns for steelhead are likely the most popular fly pattern for fishing the Great lakes tributaries. Video. The same holds true in the spring when imitating natural steelhead eggs. There is no greater bang for your buck. These beads are designed to look just like a real salmon egg; they even have the same buoyancy. It a solitude above all others, and just when you are about to give it up forever, there is a tug and you are hooked for life. Steelhead flies are designed for catching anadromous Steelhead trout in western North American and Great Lakes rivers. Fish this pattern the same as you would the nuke egg detailed above. Start your thread leaving a small space behind the hook eye. This fly should be fished on the swing, and make sure that you let it dangle at the end of the swing and then give it a couple short strips… Be ready. Use 10-12 lbs. Otter’s Soft Milking Egg is effective because it is realistic. Fishing and having certain successes or failures can help you define color combos for particular times. Often the steelhead and suckers will be competing for the same gravel. Want to know what a real salmon egg looks like? This is why the water downstream of the salmon tend to be best for anglers looking for steelhead and having a box filled with egg flies will keep you prepared. The flies are rigged close together (6 inches or less) so the steelhead can see both flies at the same time. Although the Egg Sucking Leech can be fished on the swing, I … The Copper John is tied with different colored copper wire and a bead head, usually tungsten. The bright egg fly attracts the steelhead in stained water, and if the fish doesn't take the egg, it often takes the nymph or streamer. Tandem fly rigs are the norm when targeting steelhead. In this case, the eggs are often fresh, having a more realistic color to them. I have found that lighter colors work the best when the water is clearer, and darker colors work better when the water is off-color. I like to fish the Flashback Hare’s Ear beneath a strike indicator in clear water conditions when the weather is clear. The Agent Orange pattern walks the line between an attractor and a nymph. A 9-10’ 7-9wt single handed rod is a great starting point and where many of us who adopted the swing began our steelhead fly fishing journey. The fly has to hit them on the nose. River Traditions – Personalized Aluminum Fly Box. © 2020 Current Works, LLC — All rights reserved. I had no idea what I was doing, but I tied on an egg pattern and a strike indicator and casted up into a riffle. Egg Fly Fishing Considerations The eggs from spawning fish in the river may come in many different sizes and colors. If you hook a fish, mark the spot because it will hold fish again and again, year after year. Size … If you fish for trout or steelhead in any part of the world, it is essential that you carry an egg fly in your box! Milking occurs when an egg is fertilized or ruptures and spills its contents into the water. Picking the right fly to catch one of these chrome dragons can be daunting. (Trip details here; my personal lessons learned here.) This is not without warrant. Over the years I have learned that steelhead are not fair-water fish. The best way to fish an egg pattern is to dead drift it beneath a strike indicator. Winter Steelhead Flies – What Size Fly is Best? "When it comes to finding the right Spey rod... the best length really depends on how far you need to cast. I’m super passionate about everything fly fishing fishing; writing, teaching and even video. My go-to size for steelhead hooks is size 8 or size 10 in most water clarity and maybe a size 6 in dirty water. Some of these color combinations include: Egg over Sockeye, Pink Lady over Shrimp Pink, Apricot Supreme over Steelhead Orange, Salmon Egg over Chartreuse or Nuke Egg everyone’s favorite – spring or fall: Oregon Cheese over Steelhead Orange. There are times when egg flies are the most productive fly patterns on the rivers. In some streams none. When fishing leeches and sculpin in the spring or fall, a bead can be slid in front of the fly to make an Egg Sucking Leech or Egg Stealing Sculpin. The steak and egg combo is simple and deadly for steelhead in the tributaries. Pink is hard to beat, but if the conditions are extra murky, I tie on a purple variation with a chartreuse butt. The Skagit Minnow, named for the river on which it was designed to fish, was designed to fish big water. Sucker spawn tends to be on the diet for those chrome beauties so dribbling these flies through dark holding water can be a reciepe for some fish in a net. Size 1 and 1/0 are good for steelhead. There are a multitude of factors you have to consider including water levels, water clarity, water temperature, weather and time of the year. Often the top positioned fly is a multicolored pattern like a Clown or two-colored Rag Egg if not a Nuke Egg. A popular Great Lakes fly, the “Bear’s” Hex si a larger nymph that tumbles through those dark waters. The problem with most big ‘intruder’ style flies is the amount of material that you have to cast. More often than not, one of the flies is an egg pattern. Short shank, heavy wire, wide gap hooks for greater setting power and more hook-ups when fly fishing big fish. Are you looking for a way to capture that special moment on the river? In the dead of winter, steelhead resting in "tanks" (large, slow pools) will crush a 5-inch streamer like the … The Nuke Egg is tied with a thin yarn veil around it that imitates the goo that typically holds eggs together, and this subtle veil seems to draw more strikes than your average egg. Proceed. These two fly patterns have proved effective in our forays on Oregon and Washington waters fishing salmon and steelhead. Steelhead will humble you and stretch your patience to the point where all you can hear is the river, and all you can think about is the swing of your fly. As with any nymph, a good drift is paramount. In this piece, we will highlight 5 effective fly patterns for great lakes steelhead, the materials needed, and step by step instructions on how to tie these killer flies. Hooking a steelhead is hard to describe, but watching a steelhead smash or sip a dry fly off the surface is something else entirely. This fly has been around since the 1930s, and there is a reason why. Learn your favorite river, the spawning times of the various species, and what works in particular conditions and key in on what steelhead are eating. Big bucks (male steelhead) hate little rainbow trout because they will hang out behind hens (female steelhead) in hopes of inseminating her eggs. Steelhead Eggs. Longer rods can be beneficial in lifting and turning over large indicators, weighted flies, and split shot. The Polar Shrimp is classic that has caught more than its fair share of steelhead. Jumbo John Variant. The top fly is typically the egg and the bottom fly a bead-head nymph or streamer. Egg flies have been used for decades not only because they are easy to tie or inexpensive to buy, but more importantly because they are effective. A: This is an elusive concept. These characteristics translate into an easy casting fly that triggers strikes in a variety of water conditions. The two best steelhead books to get you started:A Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan, and Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs. The largest numbers of fish are in the river sometime in March and April depending on water levels and temperatures. ... Soft otter eggs fell into this same category of trout/steelhead egg patterns, ... Silver Tungsten 1/8-7/64 depending on hook size Thread: UTC 140 FL Pink Egg Material: UV Fly … Somewhere in those cold and murky depths, a steelhead is lurking. The Egg Sucking Leech is one of the most versatile steelheading flies because it can be fished on the swing as well as dead drifted beneath a strike indicator. The successful angler is often fishing with an egg pattern best imitating the natural egg – its color and shape in addition to how it relates to water conditions. If the water is clear, drop down to a more realistic egg in the #14 range. If you are fishing this fly beneath an indicator, let it swing at the end of the drift and hang it in the current. I usually tie these in black or purple. The Cosby Egg Sucking leech was derived from the popular Steelhead Worm made by Mad River. This fly comes in a wide variety of colors. Most anyone fishing steelhead in Michigan recognizes the Nuke Egg as an effective pattern that is an improvement over the original GloBug. Egg patterns like Rags, Nukes and Glo Bugs tied in various colors and almost as big as a dime, I think, do a better job of grabbing a fish’s attention rather than imitate the food source. Only a few actually hatch. I prefer fishing a bead and hook setup over a tradition egg because I think it is better for the fish. Generally, minnows and single eggs are clear-water baits; egg sacks and skein work best when the water is murky or muddy; wax worms, maggots and ‘crawlers tend to be universal. To learn more about fishing eggs for steelhead, read, Egg Patterns. My favorite dry fly for steelhead is the Steelhead Bomber. Hard plastic beads work great, but the durability and perfect buoyancy of this pattern make them hard to beat. Experience. After being in the water – free drifting or trapped in a selected gravel bed – eggs become less colorful, a bit translucent and eventually opaque. Wait a couple of seconds and then give it a couple small strips before you recast. I caught my first steelhead on my third cast. (I prefer an egg pattern, size color and density to be dictated by water conditions.) I saw my first clown egg while fishing steelhead in Alaska in the mid-1990s and thought it was a joke – it was about the size of a quarter and included more colors than a small package of Crayola crayons. 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