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Favorite commercial steelhead flies

Hi all,

what are your favorite commercially available steelhead flies?

I really like both Jerry French's Intruder and Stu's Rhea Intruder (quite different in style, but beautiful). On a smaller profile, the Reverse Marabou or Senyo's OCD.

And sometimes I can't help myself and use a Squidro...
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Rambulance in whatever color is appropriate for the water. These get more sparse pretty quickly with use (commercial tie...) but I think they fish better without the bulk. Iíve fished the same fly for days, until the tube and weight were clearly visible even when dry, and have caught fish.
Pick-yer-pocket, also any color. Iíve consistently caught fish from the Trinity to northern BC, inland and coastal, on this fly. For some reason, it feels like I have more control over depth with these, easy to get deep with the dumbbell eyes, but it seems like I can swing it all the way to the dangle better than other heavy flies. Maybe the stiffness of the material, which is a bit of a turn-off when theyíre dry, has something to do with it...
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Btw, I do own a couple of squidros but have never been able to bring myself to tie one on...
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They aren't made anymore. Joe Howell has the best commercially available steelhead flies that i know of. His tyer actually knew how to tie a skunk

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Bill Logan tied many of Joe's flies. I'm pretty sure his flies are still available. I think Bill might do some work for the Caddis Fly.

These are some of Bill's flathead muddlers from Joe's shop many years ago.
Sweet flies. I bet those flatheads plane like a ski boat!

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There are quite a few guys here on this board that will tie for you if you ask nice, show some patience and dont expect to pay $3.75 a fly.
You wont find better quality and many of them can give some great suggestions on patterns and colors you might never choose.
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There are quite a few guys here on this board that will tie for you if you ask nice, show some patience and dont expect to pay $3.75 a fly.
You wont find better quality and many of them can give some great suggestions on patterns and colors you might never choose.
Indeed I get most of my flies tied on custom order Just wondering which commercial flies people are using...
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I'm still trying to figure out what you mean by 'commercial' fly. If it's sold in a store, is it a commercial fly? Isn't that same fly, if tied by me or someone else on this forum, a....what....custom fly? Put that custom fly in Cabela's, and it's a..........commercial fly? Aren't all flies available commercially somewhere?

Help me out here. I'm just a stupid fisherman.

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I'm still trying to figure out what you mean by 'commercial' fly. If it's sold in a store, is it a commercial fly? Isn't that same fly, if tied by me or someone else on this forum, a....what....custom fly? Put that custom fly in Cabela's, and it's a..........commercial fly? Aren't all flies available commercially somewhere?

Help me out here. I'm just a stupid fisherman.
;P Lets rephrase as "commercially tied by a large fly manufacturer"... Aqua, Solitude, Fulling Mill, Salar, Umpqua, etc, a lot of which have their own patterns and fly designers.
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I like to buy my flies at a shop to help those shops stay in business. I assume they buy them from some off-shore fly tying operation, but none of the shops I go to reveal much about that.

I like the purple and black Hoh Boh Speys at Oscars in Smithers. They work for me.

I've bought some great intruders from McBike in Smithers and the ones I'm thinking of are tied by someone in BC. Great flies at an appropriate price, ie, not cheap.
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Would it be rude to private message one of the guys posting images of the great flies they tie and ask to buy? I haven't done it because it does seem kinda sketch...

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Surfdog, as someone who occasionally ties to order, there's nothing offensive about polite requests; we're a capitalist nation, after all.

As for distinctions between flies tied by American experts vs. "offshore production," they all come from somebody crouched in front of a vise, doing the best they can.
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As for distinctions between flies tied by American experts vs. "offshore production," they all come from somebody crouched in front of a vise, doing the best they can.
One of the main differences for me is usually the quality of the materials used... on my recent trip to Argentina, I lost the first fish on a hook that bend open... I had used a fly I bought some years back in an onlineshop that shall not be named.

Continued fishing with custom made flies on Tiemco hooks and had no more problems, landing some nice searun brown trout, even on size 16!

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