We overtook Jay just recently, fresh from a session at his fly bench, and asked if he would require time for an interview. The subject? Suggestions for the very best size of fly to fish for winter season steelhead. He concurred, so let’s come down to the outcomes.
Q: Everybody who fishes for winter season steelhead has their viewpoint concerning the very best colors for steelhead flies. The very same holds true for anglers holding strong viewpoints about what the very best fly size is and if so– just what is the very best size fly we must be fishing for winter season steelhead. The very same concerns and strident viewpoints are hanging out for summertime steelhead, naturally, however I can wait on that a person up until May. In the meantime, Jay, how about taking on the fly-size concern here?
Jay: You do understand that this post is me interviewing me, do not you?
Q: Wait a minute, I’m expected to be asking the concerns here, not you.
Jay Ok, if you firmly insist. What was the concern?
Q: Does the size of a fly impact the number of winter season steelhead I’ll capture. And do not go waxing all incredibly elusive and state things about how it depends upon elements like what the water clearness is, what the water temperature level is, how huge the river is, whether the hydrograph is increasing or down, By the method, what is a hydrograph? Specify and respond to the darn concern.
Jay: Yes, the size of the fly you fish for winter season steelhead matters. It matters a lot some days. And there are some generalities about the fly size that I think, myself, with just unquantified individual experience and all the reading and talking with steelhead anglers to direct me.
Q: Well, would you be so kind regarding inform us a little about your viewpoints?
Jay: Sure will.
Finest Size for Winter Season Steelhead Flies Winter season steelhead will, typically, react much better to a fly that is in between 3/8-inch and 2.5-inches long. They will get flies smaller sized and bigger, however I think that a fly in this zone is most likely to be consumed than a fly smaller sized or bigger.
Keep in mind, please, You asked me to hand down the intricacy element, therefore I did.
I would be remiss if I did not keep in mind the apparent: the Sally Fly is an egg fly, normally dead wandered, less frequently fished as a swing fly. Egg flies must appropriately fall outside the factor to consider of fly size in the flies we swing for steelhead. The concern of fly sizes in nymphs fished for winter season steelhead is a various matter for a various day.
if I enter an operate on a close-by seaside river like the Siuslaw, Alsea, or Nestucca, I may connect a fly like this 2.5-inch Orange Shrimp on my leader.
If the look of this fly appears too odd for your taste, I use the selection of winter season steelhead flies envisioned listed below, all of which fall under the more sensible size-class of 2.0-inches.
I will include that I normally just wander off out of this size-class (2-inches) with a fly like the Orange Shrimp due to the fact that although longer, it is likewise sparser, and for that reason appears less frightening to the steelhead (perhaps).
Q: Ok, Jay. Why no reference of Intruders? We understand; I understand: you understand, that Trespasser flies have actually been popular of rages for a minimum of the 2 years, most likely longer if you think about the early adopters. What do you need to state about the impact a big Trespasser has on winter season steelhead’s predisposition to grab-and-go?
Jay: If I swing a 5-inch trespasser over a fresh pod of winter season steelhead and I’m the very first rod in the run, I’m most likely going to get bit. If I’m fishing over the very same pod of fish that has actually been settled in a swimming pool for the last 6 hours, the scenario is far various. Those steelhead have actually seen 4 hotshots, 5 spinners, twenty-five beads, 7 gobs of roe, 3 fresh sand-shrimp, 11 jigs, and 13 pink worms,. After seeing all this, scrap visit, the fish are frightened, and my Trespasser will be less efficient than a size 12 Copper John fished with an indication on a 5 wt or Euro Nymph rod.
Q: Do you have some images to highlight size classifications in winter season steelhead flies?- sizes?
Jay: Why yes I do, and thanks for asking. The image above is an example of how anybody can connect a series of flies with the very same basic color shades in numerous sizes. The flies above all utilize a purple and black color style with hot pink trigger focus. I like these colors in my flies, so I will have all of these in my coat pocket and will fish the fly-size that fits me in each run I step introduction to fish
The fly at the top is 2-inches, the fly at the bottom is 4.5 inches.
Q: How should an angler fish one run numerous times in succession? As you understand, anglers who are bank fishing, on the other hand with anglers wandering downriver in a boat, can be restricted to fishing a couple of locations every day.
Jay: Under all however high water conditions, I would generally start swinging a 2.-inch fly. If I get a pull on this fly and the fish will not dedicate, I would step upstream and work down with a smaller sized fly. (High water requires a big fly on the very first pass.)
Presuming the fish will not dedicate to the smaller sized fly, I would go back upstream and swing down once again, this time with a bigger fly.
After 3 times through the run, without any strong take to reveal for my effort. The water (the steelhead) require to be rested, so I will step ashore, delight in lunch, and enjoy anglers wandering past me in boats, all keeping their equipment out of the water so regarding not disrupt the steelhead I am so certainly resting.
Q: Well, I believe I comprehend your thinking Jay, thanks for sharing.
Jay: You are welcome, and for enjoyable, here is the dish for the Trespasser envisioned here: Shock Treatment.
Might you all delight in discovering a little home entertainment and a chuckle.
Jay Nicholas, January 2021
Shock Treatment Trespasser Dish
Shank/Tube— PSF or OPST, different sizes
Hook— Sized to fly (# 4– # 1)
Butt— Senyo’s Consume A Peach + Aquaveil
Butt collar— Purple Schlappen, Marabou, Ostrich Butt accent– Hot Tipped Crazy legs
Body— Senyo’s Muppet Blend Dub
Rib— Red Copper wire or holo tinsel
Shoulder— Senyo’s Mountain Berry Aquaveil 1st– purple Ostrich, Marabou, Schlappen
Last collar– Hot Pink Guinea
Accent— PSF or Hareline replica Jungle Dick
Flash— Purple Holo, Flashabou, or Lateral Scale
Eyes/beads/cone— tyer’s option