Steelhead Flies

Steelhead are the West Coast version of their eastern cousins, the Atlantic salmon. Both can be elusive, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding in their line-peeling runs and spectacular acrobatics. Considered sea-run rainbow trout, these fish grow quickly in the fertile Pacific Ocean. Schools of chrome-bright steelhead return each year up the coastal rivers and streams to spawn. Although many western rivers support summer and fall run populations, the majority of West Coast steelhead are targeted by anglers in the winter months.

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Moose Haired Skater
contributed by
Steve Hanson
         
           
Lady Caroline
contributed by
Dave Kearney
Islander - Orange
contributed by
Sandy McKinlay
Lingren's Indispensible
contributed by
Ken Baker
Pick Yer Pocket
contributed by
Sandy McKinlay
Egg Sucking
Bunny Leech

Rudy Morzanowski
Amherst Pheasant
Spey

Sandy McKinlay
           
Purple Peril
contributed by
Dave Kearney
The Nothing Fly
contributed by
Dan Cahill
Egg & Skin
contributed by
Warren Grisewood
Articulated
Stonefly Nymph

Peter Caverhill
Steve's Intruder
contributed by
Steve Hanson
Martin Tolley's
October
Rick Jones
           
Hunter's Tippet Shrimp
contributed by
Rick Jones
Margarita
contributed by
Doug Wright
Simple
General Practitioner

Steve Hanson
Cahill Tube Fly #1
contributed by
Dan Cahill

The Purple Flash
contributed by
Gill Sage
Steelhead Worm
contributed by
Ed Stefanison
           
Foamy Bomber
contributed by
Will Wright
Sexy Lingerie
contributed by
Will Wright
The .08
contributed by
Ken Drieger
Dirty Lady
contributed by
Will Wright
Grantham Sedge
contributed by
Ron Grantham
Fluorescent
Umpqua Special

Warren Grisewood
           
The Popsicle
contributed by
Phil Rowley
Marabou Prawn
contributed by
Phil Rowley
Egg Sucking Bunny
contributed by
Phil Rowley
Squamish Streaker
contributed by
Will Wright
Wintel's Western Special
contributed by
Rick Jones
Grantham Winged
Greaseliner

Rick Jones