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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post

A few anglers I've fished with have worked more "active" water during the day to pick up trout. The classic chugging water/dry fly water/ skating water for steelhead appears to be more sedate than the trout water.

Sounds reasonable. Two comments.

I am still a chugging dry fly virgin. Lots and lots of hours and still zero. If it works so well on Oregon summer runs, shouldn't the technique work well on BC summer runs? What's wrong with me!?!! -hehe-

Steelhead do respond well to drifted and skated dry flies in calm, occasionally dead-still water. But I occasionally get rises and takes in riffles and faster moving tail-outs.

My long term goal is to take a winter steelhead on a dry fly. I expect to put in 3 to 4 fishless weeks in order to accomplish that goal, especially in light of poor marine survival that many if not most systems are currently experiencing.


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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 12:46 AM
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Fish skaters or surface presentations in shallow broken water, usually fast water. Steelhead are in the river to spawn, not feed. Sometimes they'll move big time for a fly but usually they won't. If you find trout feeding in your preffered fishing lane move somewhere else, trout just waste your time and tell you nothing about where steelhead hold. Don't bother with surface presentations in deep water or classic sunk fly runs. Concentrate on tailouts and into the broken surface water. It works, promise!
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If the water feels like good steelhead water, I just fish it, regardless of what the trout are doing. Sometimes I get into trout other times, not so much at all. I don't mind getting trout while waking for steelhead, but sorry to say, sometimes they annoy me when they trick me into thinking I've gotten into one of their larger, glorified brethren. Just my fault for being one track minded.

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