Great stuff above, Sub surface this fall was nut's on a fly du jour. Technique is more important than fly selection, What ever the pattern be, your favorite will be the one that catch fish on. Mine seem to change season to season.For winter steelhead? I would go with something big and black, and something big and pink
Well, I often find myself fishing black marabou patterns with either blue or pink mixed in. Some are weighted, and some aren't. This allows me fish the correct depth without changing tips too often.
It will be interesting to see what others say - but its hard to beat a simple marabou spider type pattern, preferably with a #2 stinger hook.
The Sandy Blue as shown on Fly Fish USA is a good example of an easy to tie, and very effective pattern.
I suggest that pattern is not important (except maybe for the Lady Caroline) as long as it is presented near and slow to a steelhead. Also stay away from weighted flies for now...I am new to fishing with a fly rod, but not new to steelhead fishing. I have been told to limit my fly selection to two flies until I get my technique honed. I fish north Puget Sound rivers. What two flies should I consider?
WOOZER! Knew I was close, but I guess being #6 (so I was told) here on SpeyPages kinda adds up over a Decade plus.A little off topic here but I suppose a tip of the hat is in order for your 10,000th post Fred. Did the Spey Pages admin dept at least :smokin:send you a new rod or something?
I disagree that moals and intruders are more effective at taking Steelhead. The fly on the end of one's line in front of a willing fish is the most effective.Your friend was wrong - you only need one fly pattern - the intruder - in various colors - the most important being a black and blue beauty and and orange and pink one. You might want several of each as the fish will do all they can to take them away from you.
BTW - this is a crazy question to ask fly tiers. Its likely to cause severe mental distress as we routinely carry at least 20 patterns, each needed for this or that situation. Still, most of us would reluctantly agree that flies like moals and intruders are more effective than most, they're just a bit boring. Nobody stares at a well-tied intruder but I find it hard not to stare at one of FSHNAZN's Victorian era beauties.