“I have had good success dead drifting flies to steelhead. I like the Gamakatsu s10 dryfly downeye hooks in sizes 4-8. They are sticky sharp, have a wide enough gape, and are light enough for a dead-drift. Now they will bend out occasionally if you lift the fishes head out of the water and let the fish gator roll - but such is the risk one takes with dryfly hooks.
I tie only natural patterns and the s10s have been my go-to for the last 3-4years (If I tied with foam or on tubes, I would use different hooks altogether. As steelhead23 mentioned "it's a game”” - fshnazn
Keep in mind that Adrian has been known to catch dry fly steel out of drainage ditches, sewer drains and 48 oz Slurpees...
Normal humans like myself have only hooked 4 fish in the last 14 months that could have bent a Tiemco 100, so it’s a problem I wish I needed to worry about more.
"Only the mediocre are always at their best" - Andy Capp
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