The Spey Pages Team
Join Date: Mar 2000
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I don't think that West Coast steelheaders have really moved away from "traditional" patterns. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. First, I'm not sure there were traditional steelhead patterns and early flyfishers just borrowed salmon patterns. Secondly, as Dec Hogan said it the Northwest is the home of "Freestyle" fly-tying. If you consider the "classic" Atlantic Salmon flies, Green Highlander, Jock Scott et al, they are pretty darn freestyle as well! Here on the West Coast we are in fact carrying on with that tradition.
Having said that, my day in day out fly of choice is the General Practioner. Mind you, it is black/purple - not orange, marabou - not golden pheasant it has pecarry feelers and it's a tube. Tradition and freestyle in one fly.
Tight lines - tyler.
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