Big fly theory

Their are so my ideas in the subject of fly selection for the pastime of chasing steelhead. And I am going to say right now that I don’t have all the answers I just go fishing a lot. So the theories I am about to present are strictly observation. I have run these ideas by other steelhead fishermen in my circle of fishing friends. The overall consensus is the same regardless of the color or make of the fly.
The idea is simple, the larger the fly you fish may not catch as many fish. The large fly is a way to filter the non aggressive fish from the equation. The addiction we all share is the grab, the take, or pull. Fishing larger flies, and I mean larger anywhere from 5 to 10 inches, is a sure fire way to provoke the most electric takes you can possibly extract from swung fly steelhead tactics.
I tested the fly size theory in depth for about 8 solid months. Now and then when I really need the rip the rod from your hands kinda take I will fish intruders in about the 8 ” range. The size of the fish did not seen to change I once caught a 22′ long Deschutes summer steelhead in late November on a 10″ long blood red tandem tube style fly.
I will leave you now with this thought, when the rivers treat you good or maybe you need something to inspire in a slow season give the large fly a try, rod lost or breakage not my fault but have some fun and fish clean with confidence.
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