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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2001, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,
 
my brother will be fishing the Thompson for steelhead sometime in october and I promised him to help find some good flies for this river, so I would very much appreciate any input on the best patterns.
 
thanks
 
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2001, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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A blue charm works great or a black stone. Just make sure that whatever he uses is sparse. Good luck!
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2001, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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 Hi Peter!

 I’ve been fly fishing the Thompson for the better part of the past decade, averaging 2-3 weeks on the river each season. I’ve used a variety of patterns but have come to rely on a small number of flies that have provided me with relatively consistent results over the years.

 For first and last light fishing it is hard to go wrong with a big Black Marabou Practitioner tied on a 3/0 Alec Jackson Spey hook or a 2/0 Tiemco 7999. The overall length of this fly is 4-5 inches, and those big Thompson steelies really grab ‘em. I’ll even fish this fly in the middle of the day in bright conditions on flat water that’s been fished hard—I’ve hooked fish behind bait casters with the big GP. For some reason this big fly seems to move even bothered fish. Otherwise during the day I tend to stick with dark, buggy-looking flies such as the Thompson Stone or Doc Spratley in sizes 1/0-6 or 8, but any dark, buggy Atlantic salmon pattern—such as the Stoat’s Tail or Blue Charm—will work well. There are a lot of big stoneflies in the Thompson, so if you can fish a fly that gives the general impression of these bugs you have a shot at hooking steelhead. Lately I’ve been experimenting with tube flies and have tied up the Thompson Tube, a variation of my Thompson Stone, and it has proven a successful fly (see image). For dry flies try Bombers, Foam Bugs, or adult stonefly or caddis imitations in sizes 4-8 will work.   

 I think the key on the Thompson (and on any steelhead river for that matter) is to fish a fly that gives you confidence—you’ll need it when you’re into your 4th day without a sniff! The Thompson is a big, tough river and the fish are hard to catch.

 When your brother comes over tell him to look me up when he arrives in Vancouver—I can give him info on the latest conditions on the river.

 best,

 Dana

 

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2001, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks a lot - I knew you could help - the information and kind offer is passed on to my brother.
 
 
have a nice summer
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2001, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Dana
 
Thanks for your information send to my kidbrother, that really helps us a lot as far as flies goes. And thanks for the offer, we might just do that when we arrive.
 
We are 2 maybe 3 guys going to fish the Vedder River for two weeks starting 6 or 7 of october and having contact with a local guy, Michael is his name by the way, who has promised to show us some of the spots he's fishing on the Vedder, so our primary target is spring salmon and coho, of which there should be a lot more of over the last few years.
Why then choose the Thompson as well ? it is an alternative to the Vedder that came recommended to us, if it rains to much or there are to many people e.g. in weekends and also to not only fish for one species.
 
Do you have any knowledge of the Vedder and the size of flies we have use for spings and coho, we already have a number of patterns but no sizes. We are naturally also going to take our salmonflies for Norway and Sweden with us as well and these are quite different from your flies especially in colouring and materials, we use a lot of artic fox for wing tied american style, that is doubled backwards after tying it down.
 
You can see some examples on our homepage http:www.bananfluerne.dk, this is a small club of dedicated fishermen, whom especially fishes for seatrout in saltwater using mainly the fly, but also fishes Norway and Sweden for salmon and seatrout as well as more exotic places as Iceland, Greece, Scotland and the Caribian for Bonefish and more, hope to go there my self next year.
 
tight lines and best regards
 
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-18-2001, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Michael!
 
I rarely fish the Vedder, only now and then in the late winter for steelhead. Reason--generally when the salmon are running in theVedder, I'm getting ready for the  Thompson doing that last lawn cut, cleaning up the yard, cooking a few extra meals and washing a few extra loads of laundry ;^). The very best source of info on the Vedder's fall salmon runs is my friend Rick Stahl at BC Fly Fishing Charters. Have a look at his site and contact him via email--he should be able to help you out.
 
You'll find the Vedder busy all week long when the salmon are in, but it will be especially so on the weekends. Come prepared for combat fishing conditions, and don't expect to see much in the way of etiquette. As for the Thompson, early October is dicey--the main run usually doesn't start to appear until later in the month. Usually by beginning of the 4th week of the month it's worth a serious try, but if you'd like to try it I would wait until the last part of your trip.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-19-2001, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Dana
 
Thanks for the reference to Rick Stahl, I'll try and give a mail as to the size of flies and maybe a few other questions.
 
tight lines
 
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-20-2001, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Dana
 
Just a quick word of thanks and apprciation for teh reference to Rick, I already got an answere from with all the information I needed, so again thank you very much.
I will write when we get back from our trip how it's been and include some pictures as well.
 
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