Well I am back from NY!!!

Class Spey Casting event!

I have been gone for the last 10 days in the Big Apple. I can say that our East coast Spey casting brothers are just as hungry for good casts and hard grabs as we out here are! The Spey Nation is a great event and all the people I met were as nice and ready to learn as much Spey casting as they could get in.

Presentation were great and if you were a enthusiast of Spey casting on the East coast you should have been there. My classes filled up quickly, but I am trying to put something together with Patrick Ross for November is any one has interest shoot me an email.
Beautiful July Chromer
Now lets talk turkey… The start of Summer Steelhead is upon us and I am ready if you are. Most of my dates are booked but have some openings here and there. I have a feeling that a few fish are waiting for me in the next couple of weeks so keep watching for updates!
They dont get much brighter.

Now is the time to get all your flies and gear ready to go. New leaders, tippet and check your reels and running lines. Wax your ferrules, organize your boxes and fish skaters! Low water can produce good skater fishing. Day I have openings August 28, 29 September 4,6 and October 18, 30 , 31. Hope to hear from you guy and gals soon.

New Summer Steelhead flies for this year.

New flies can add new life.

Well like everybody else in the world I have a few new Steelhead patterns for this up and coming Summer Steelhead season. So of the patterns that I am putting out there have produce for me over the last 8 or 10 seasons. so nothing new for me or some of my sports but new for the rest of my people out there. now here we go in no particular order…

The Hanky Panky! Classic but simple

Hanky Panky, I know the name is odd but if you want to play the game sometimes you may need a little “Hanky Panky”. Now not the kind that gets you in trouble at home but the kind that finds trouble in your favorite runs!

Here you go now rape those riffles in early September!

The Riffle Raper does just what it said it does. There is a time in each season where it seems that every fish in the river has seen enough black and or purple flies!!! Claret is a sleeper color when fishing gets tough. This fly is an adaptation of one of my clients high producing patterns, what he calls the Boiler Maker!!! Thanks Joe.

you will find love with the Steak and Eggs. As the season draws on this becomes an easy answer.

Next is was one of my favorites to design!! The Steak & Eggs, killer pattern for different fish in different places. I use it for later season Summer Steelhead, or Steelhead that show up late. If you catch my drift… Now clear water Winter Steelhead, Alaska Rainbows and Dollies. The Main thing that makes this fly different and give it and edge especially in the Alaska department is you can change the egg. That’s right if you have a favorite bead or even another color tube style egg a strip of rabbit to suit it all works as a trailer, or even just take it off and you have a small light weight intruder. It even casts easy on a single handed fly rod!!! In my opinion guys in the know will make this fly work for them and take fish to school!!! Have fun making this fly into what you need it to do.

October Caddis anyone?

This is something new and new ideas are hard to convey sometimes. So here is the last fly in the group. The idea is that during times of heavy bug emergence Steelhead may key on these aquatic invertebrates and become reactionary to a certain type of look in flies. Now Johnson’s Dykeosmicus  is a pattern the provides the appeal of a trout fly but the radical nature of a modern steelhead swinging fly. Now in the Columbia river tributaries October Caddis can hatch heavy at time and rivers like the Deschutes and the Grande Ronde river i have taken many Steelhead on patterns that mimic these types of flies. Now you don’t need a million of these but a few in you box and on the end of your line will put a few more fish in your hand each year.

Steelhead Tube Flies ROCK!!!!

Zip lock great way to carry big flies.

Well, they are no secret… tube flies are out there and people in the know are using them to fish for steelhead, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, even large trout with lots of success. The boys across the pond have been using them for years. Tying some of the first tube flies on goose quills, and the first plastic tubes on the stripped coating of electrical wire. Even in the Northwest guys have been fishing them for some time now.

Be as creative as you want with your tubes!!!

Now tube flies have become far more mainstream. Both, on the market flies, and the amount of tube fly tying products and accessories have gone through the roof in the last five years. With innovative tiers and progressive companies backing these tiers up, the steelhead anglers of the Northwest can reap the rewards.

Tandem flies are easy and effective.

Why tube flies you say??? For a few reasons, let me explain. The best things about tube flies are usually the reasons you hate some of your solid hook flies. With tube flies you get to pick which ever trailing hook you like. The sky is the limit on hooks but keep in mind you will land more fish on a short-shanked hook than you will on a long-shanked hook. Hooks with long shanks can aid the fish in getting off , the rolling and turning fish will unknowingly use this long piece of metal as leverage to pry the hook free, at least in my experience. Another good reason to use short hooks is the fact that on smaller fish large hooks can cause mortality. Plus if your stinger hook becomes dull just change hooks, no need to try and sharpen. Here are the most popular hooks used:

Spring Sandy fish fell for a deadly tube.

Owner liner hooks size 2-6

TMC 105 sizes 4-8

Gamakatsu Octopus hooks 1-4

Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot 1-4

Chromer Fell for a “Lady Gaga” tube

There are many other hook options. These are just to get your mind working. Rigging tube flies can be as easy as a simple clinch knot, surgeons knot, or even a blood knot.

The second added bonus to the tube fly is fly size. You can tie much larger flies on tubes than you can on solid hooks. This is mainly because you can get tubing in a variety of lengths and diameters. Which mean you can also tie very small flies on tubes as well. Small flies can be very effective at times and having the ability to place a size proportionate hook to the fly size is a very important feature, in my book.
Tube flies can be massive!
Neutrally buoyant… tubes, until you add weight to them, are very much neutrally buoyant. So they swing across the run in a flat plain not skipping or jumping up and down in the water column. On the other end tubes are more readily able to hold massive amounts of weight, as the comments before you have more room to place the weight, over a larger surface area. Solid hooks sink already, and are limited by the tying space on the hook. Another plus for tube flies.
Color is another thing that tubes offer. The fact that tube can be purchased in wide variety of colors from clear to black. This can be beneficial for a couple of reasons. You can use the color of the tube to rib the fly, or the tube can become the body color. It will really help if you want a sparse or light fly, because you don’t have to add more material. Try to find a pink steelhead iron… colors can be fun.
Nick Rowell skater sweet!

Last and one of my favorite benefits of tubes is you can tie skated flies that will never sink! That’s right hitched tubes are awesome. Unsinkable with the leader coming into the side of the tube the harder the river pulls against the tube the better and higher it skates. I love fishing skated flies and with the hook angled down toward the fish as the Steelhead comes to the fly. You seem to hook more fish on the skated tube than the traditional waked flies.

Great movement in this tube!
Now I will give you a list of on the market tube flies to go check out. Don’t be afraid to give this type of fly a try most guys are switching over right now and even if you don’t want to tie your own you can buy some of these:
Lots of my Favorites!
Un-weighted marabou tubes (various colors)
Lady Gaga Intruders
Tandem tubes
Tube snakes
Spot on Prawn
Sticky sculpin
Black, blue light specials
My buddy Bruce with a coastal fish that fell for a tube fly.

If you do tie your own flies then use these as a muse to help you get creative. You might also want to check out the Protube and Guideline websites or even Fly Fish USA for some ideas and the available tube components. Even tying old classic on tube can be done and makes tying fun and new again.