Steelhead fly design has changed drastically in the past ten years. Your main focus should be covering the water to find the fish. Getting the fly deep, but maintaining the swing speed by adjusting your angle of the fly line to the current, allows you to achieve the “hover” that is the careful balance of “not too heavy and swinging fast” and “not too light and near the surface”. Page 1 of 2 - What's your go-to Steelhead leader setup? Great info. The steelhead are down deep and may opportunistically grab a swinging fly. Another benefit to not using a sink tip is the added enjoyment of fighting a fish that is connected to the angler with the lightest amount of weight in the line. You can swing flies with any rod. and seasoned steelheader everything he needs to know to hook-up with these magnificent fish! Super helpful post! The fish didn’t just eat the steelie flies, they destroyed them. #f, Fun to hang with @broker_on_the_fly and @b.r.i.a.n. Having both yellow/red and white indicator segments on the leader was great. So, he’s the real deal. With eddies you may need to add a little belly into the line to help it move through the slower water, then throw a mend in to slow the fly down as it catches the main current line. Didn’t get a steelhead, but got a nice Atlantic Salmon to eat a purple egg sucking leech I tied as an ESN point fly, using my new T&T Contact 2 6wt, and it was a great way to break that rod in! Looking at the cross sectional diagram above, you will notice that by swinging the fly in the middle or upper area of the water column, it will be moving/swimming just over the top of most … Could use to see a photo of the euro-leader. Longer rods allow you to mend the fly easier. Although there are times that it is necessary to fish deeper, many times the best approach is to actually stay higher. For sub-surface swinging presentations: Rio’s VersiLeaders, Airflo’s Trout and Salmon Polyleaders.). Compared to scandi heads, they are easier to cast (using water loaded casts I will cover in a future article), and will allow you to … While I personally don’t swing egg flies to steelhead, as a down and across angler of trout I understand why it works and works so well. Steelhead Anglers who swing flies, are well, pretty crazy. Might work better in lesser flows. While I fish mostly 6 and 7 weights in the summer, winter is a 7 and 8 weight game. But, it’s a low-probability game, and there’s a lot of risk of “lining” and “flossing” fish. And, most important, I had many legitimate hook-ups and almost no foul hooking compared to my first foray to the river. Recommended manufactured or “off-the-shelf” steelhead leaders include the following. Note: John Nagy offers a "Hot Butt" Leader and Indy Kit that is designed for the Right-Angle-Floating-Indicator Technique and also Short Line Nymphing presentations. Get the Gear. It wasn’t as sensitive as the Contact rod, but it worked enough. With any type of fishing, the more water you can cover, the better your chances are at finding a player. In an effort to control something uncontrollable, I have tried to provide some thought process to choosing flies for steelhead. Small flies but hooks strong enough to land a twenty pound fish. Since most steelhead fly rods are in the 9 to 10 foot range you’re talking about a … Anyone interested in any of this material please email John Nagy at: About John Nagy's Steelheader's Journal Book, Steelhead Journal Book Ordering Information, About John Nagy's Steelhead Guide Book/Ordering Information. What weight (mm) tungsten do you like for your point flies for ESN steelhead? Swinging Flies Method. Also, with some of my steelhead patterns that are larger in profile, like mop stoneflies and egg sucking leeches, I figure I need a bit more weight to have that larger profile sink properly. The tightlining approach is different. 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Thread starter Cool Hand Hodge; Start date Dec 15, 2009; Cool Hand Hodge Well-known member. It’s also the predominant technique when nymphing for steelhead in the winter. Leaders used for “short-line” nymphing methods, where you are fishing in close proximity to steelhead lies and using “high-stick” rod positioning, should have stiff butt and mid-sections (about 60 to 75% of the overall leader length) to turn over split-shot, indicators and weighted flies. makes a great companion book to his popular Steelhead Guide Book! 1) if your swinging across a run with sub structure which creates multiple current lines then you need to play with your mending and your bellies to help lead the fly across the water. I received some inquiries about the Euronymphing leader I used on last week’s steelhead trip to the Salmon River’s Lower Fly Zone. (There’s a great write-up of two of his steelhead tightlining rigs here.) 1. Want to catch steelhead in the Lake Erie tributaries and elsewhere in the Great Lakes? I suggested making short casts directly perpendicular from his position to place the fly precisely on the boulders. Steelhead Guide, Fly Fishing Techniques and Strategies for Lake Erie Steelhead. Leader for swinging steelhead flys? This is important because to fish our hard-bottomed rivers effectively, anglers must accept losing flies as a necessary evil. Custom tied Trout Spey Soft Hackles by Grabflies. Thanks! It really depends on the current and the depth. If you’re bouncing around a river swinging flies for steelhead or salmon, you’re probably going to need to swap sinktips every once in a while. When swinging for steelhead, the longer your rod the more effortless the fishing will become. You want the flies to be floating above the fish’s head. This is when you dust off the 8 weights, 5 inch flies, and mega sink-tips. Still is in my book! Stiffer materials in the back half or 2/3 will dramatically improve your ability to turn over the leader- especially in the wind or with larger flies. But, it’s a low-probability game, and there’s a lot of risk of “lining” and “flossing” fish. Are there any other 10’+ 6wt rods optimized for tightline nymphing or is the Contact the only game in town? You’re hopefully not making a change every 20 minutes, but when you move from a ripping boulder garden to a glassy tailout, you need to make a change. Finally, here are some other observations: Hope all this helps. More detailed information on leaders for Great Lakes steelhead can be found in John Nagy's book "Steelhead Guide, Fly Fishing Techniques and Strategies for Lake Erie Steelhead". Very often, the best way to approach swinging flies is to keep the fly in the upper part of the water column. They swing great but also work in still water lakes. For steelhead flies I am considering 4 things: size, weight, color, and movement. The Technique – The wet fly swing is implemented by casting downstream and across the river at a 45-degree angle. My buddy Dan and I went fishing and devoted the whole afternoon to swinging steelhead flies. Streamer Lines: If you’re swinging flies with a single-handed rod, a few different lines are optimal. With the heavier leader and tippet, I figure I have to step up the weight a bit, but don’t want to go too heavy. Congrats! Swinging flies for Steelhead isn’t for the faint of heart. If you are swinging flies with a sinking line, you should use a shorter leader to insure that your fly get down in the striking zone. Only “crazies” will wade in a freezing river while making Spey cast after Spey cast with one hope: to find a player and entice it to chase and attack our fly. I generally fish Steelhead Bombers on a twelve foot, 0x fluorocarbon leader, and I direct my casts across or downstream depending on how fast the current is. This led to many lost flies and the need to re-rig. A good rule of thumb when bottom-bouncing is to use a leader (including the tippet) roughly the length of your fly rod. Active steelhead (usually in water temperatures above 40 degrees F.) will "grab" a swung fly hard, typically at the end of the downstream swing. The steelhead are down deep and may opportunistically grab a swinging fly. Thanks. Leaders in the 4 to 9 foot range will keep the fly higher up in the current flow versus a shorter leader (less than 4 feet) which is ideal for keeping the fly down close to the stream bottom when steelhead are moving less for a fly (flows colder than 40 degrees F). Cast, swing, hang the fly, and then step down. Also note that you cannot use more than 1/8 oz of weight in the fly zones. Thanks for the shout out Jo, and everything you wrote here was spot on. As the fly swings across the water, keep your rod tip low and follow the fly across as it goes towards the hang down (End of the run.) There are a set of casts that anglers have traditionally used with two-handed rods. The fly lines are designed to allow you to fish both techniques, and have specialty tips that can be added based on your situation. 13. - posted in Fly Fishing: Hey guys, Been on the fly for about 3 years now but really want to get into the steelhead this season. I used the above set-up with my 1086 Thomas and Thomas Contact six-weight (review here). So, it was costly, both in terms of money and time. Grabflies has the newest and greatest flies for Steelhead and Salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia - BC fishery, Patagonia (Chile, Argentina) and the Great Lakes. Flies are tied on high quality Ahrex Nordic Salt Water Streamer hooks #6. I follow the guideline that Torrey Collins gave me: the rig should tick bottom at most once or twice per drift. Now I’m hooked on this technique for large anadromous fish! Should I Hire a Lake Erie Steelhead Guide? The takes were vicious. Unfortunately, it creates a lot of foul hooking. You’re able to show to the fish an easy-to-get and tempting morsel. Use a 6- to 9-foot leader, depending on conditions. Messages … I used the leader formula above with regular floating fly line. You do not need to purchase a two-handed rod to swing flies. In the fall season I have only hooked up with Chinook and was lucky enough to get that Atlantic a few weeks back on an egg fly pattern. For short-line nymphing: Frog Hair’s Great Lakes Steelhead and “Hi-Vis” Transition Nymph Leaders, Rio’s Indicator and Steelhead/Salmon Leaders, Scientific Anglers Steelhead/Salmon Leader, Cortland’s Climax Nymph Leader and John Nagy’s custom-made “Hot Butt” Leader. Rio lines and Air flo are still leaders in most of the new development of lines here. Among Top 25 in the World. Tight lines! http://www.redsflyfishing.com/Fly-Rod-and-Fly-Reel-Outfits-Complete-with-Line-s/165.htm This is Part 2 in our "Fly Fishing Steelhead for Beginners" series. It let me see the drift both during low-light and bright conditions. Fly leaders can be hand-woven or mechanically made but are always tapered having one end thicker than the other. The set-up looks something like this: 7 1/2 foot 0X fluorocarbon leader, clinch knotted to a barrel swivel 16-24 inches of 1X-3X fluorocarbon tippet, clinch knotted to the bottom of the barrel swivel and to the lead fly. Skagit heads are ideal for fishing migratory steelhead and browns in the Midwest. If you need longer leaders, pay attention to the stiffness of the butt. Skagit heads are far more compact (15ft-25ft). Dec 15, 2009 #1 I would like to try swinging for steel but am unsure what leader to use. Thanks! By the way, the mop stonefly i was mentioning in my initial comment, despite having a large bead, was just too robust to sink fast enough. The Steelhead Guide Book is also available in an eBook version here. Stay with that fish until he hooks up. Your summer steelhead rig might not cut it. And, tightlining produces a very good dead-drift at those spots. That’s about it. Did not tick bottom like you said. Be armed with the proper Skagit lines. Skating flies derive from the experience of 19 th century anglers fishing for Atlantic salmon, who discovered how effective these surface techniques were during the warmer spring, summer and early fall salmon seasons. The Contact is the only one I’ve heard of. We caught a bunch of really nice fish but that’s not all. Weight amount was key. Now these are beliefs I hold, they are not my own, nor are they law. This interchangeable tip system helps anglers swing flies on a single-handed rod with efficiency and versatility. Think like a Steelhead to Find (and Catch) more Steelhead, Weather Junkie Steelheader's catch more Steelhead, Top 10 Do's and Don'ts when Swinging Flies for Steelhead, Top 10 Do's and Don'ts when Indicating for Steelhead, Wading Strategies for Great Lakes Steelhead, Locating Tributary Steelhead Using Water Temperatures, Steelhead Technique, Equipment and Fly Selection, The Do's and Don'ts of Fall Steelhead Fishing, Fly Fishing Tail-outs for Tributary Steelhead. Swinging flies is separate from your casting style. After the fly landed, Mike gave a quick upstream mend and then let the fly sink and drift for about three seconds before bringing the fly into swing. The good folks at Thomas and Thomas also view him as one of the nation’s foremost experts on tightlining. By using a long mono leader you can easily get a 20 grain fly down 8-12’ in medium speed current. It worked very well. John Nagy's 4th Edition of his popular Steelhead Guide Book is available here in both soft and hard cover print editions (signed by John Nagy, including a fly tied by the author). You cast up and across, with less weight and a shorter tippet length, at fairly quick water that features some deep slots and underground boulders. Well, the usual Salmon River fly fishing set-up is this: a long four-foot tippet length from the weight to the fly, heavy split shot, and swinging down and across. Thank you! Under the right conditions, swinging soft hackles, streamers, Woolly Buggers, traditional steelhead wets, and Spey flies is both an effective and exciting way to hook a Great Lakes steelhead. These soft hackle flies swing great and can be easily cast with a trout spey rod or single hand rod. I love the T&T #6–it is great for indicator nymphing as well. Back in the 50's, 60's and even into the 70's Mason Hard Nylon was our go-to for steelhead leader butts. "Perhaps fishing, is for me, only an excuse to be near rivers." I also tightlined with my 10′ Orvis Helios 3D seven-weight “regular” fly rod. They are just a few things I have observed fishing around the pacific rim with some of the world’s best steelheaders. #1 New England Fly Fishing Blog. You’re at feeding lies and prime lies. Fly fishing leaders are a tapered section of line that is directly attached to your thick, colored fly line by either a loop-to-loop connection or knot for the use of tying on fly fishing flies. Thanks! He knows that water, and he knows what works. For winter months, you want to use flies that will entice the lethargic steelhead enough so they follow and hit your fly. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. You want to get into the strike zone, but you do. Love the blog. What style and size hooks did you use? There’s not much to see, but this video could be helpful. Patterns from Kevin Feenstra and Greg Senyo are great for winter. However, you can use singe-handed rods to complete these casts as well. Start with a sinking fly line then add 18 inches of 20 lb test, 12 inches of 15 lb test, and 30 inches of 12 lb test for a leader. After making a cast, it’s good to make one mend to get your fly in proper presentation and speed. Now, targeting fish at resting lies can work, of course. I learned a ton at the Salmon River and was grateful to land some steelhead. 100% of profits to charity. Nice write-up. The results were awesome! Thankfully, outside of steelhead circles, down-and-across angling remains limited to a small, occult-like following compared to the numbers of nymph and dry fly anglers. The Skagit Minnow, named for the river on which it was designed to fish, was designed to fish big water. Swinging flies can also work wonders with steelhead when the other heavier methods aren’t getting them to bite. On my trip, for example, some guys who were swinging down and across with much weight were foul hooking a ton. Bright, gaudy flies are the best attractors in the colder months. Here it is, along with the fly line and backing I used: Please know that all credit goes to UpCountry’s Torrey Collins, who used to guide at the Salmon River. And, it wasn’t great for the fish. Please go to, (Note: refer to John Nagy’s Steelhead Guide book for custom steelhead leader formulas. Each section should be tied with a blood knot and the fly … In the fall and spring months, swinging soft hackle flies … Swinging flies takes patience and persistence. Skagit Minnow, Size #2 a Swing Steelhead Fly. I tied a long 12-foot leader to a floating line and knotted on a weighted fly. Ill be using an 8 weight rod...what leader should i use...tapered 3x? I’m worried I’m tying stuff a bit too heavy. Great write up. I want to set up a similar tightline rig for Great Lakes steelhead and am looking for a suitable rod. You’ll need a variety of sink-tips and flies … Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), My Euronymphing Leader for Salmon River Steelhead, A grizzled veteran #euronymphing #browntroutflyfis, New post: ‘At the Vise—The Frenchie 2.0.’ Li, New post: ‘A Good Day.’ At BlogFlyFish.com. On my trip, for example, some guys who were swinging down and across with much weight were foul hooking a ton. Leaders and tippet material are all part of the well equipped steelheaders arsenal. The heavy line did create the dreaded “sag and drag,” but it was manageable if I did not have too much fly line out. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! In this fantastic full-length video we learn how to properly swing and present wet flies for big steelhead. Maximize your chances of catching fish with better flies. This led to many lost flies and the need to re-rig. I approve of this message, ha ha. Be sure to give this technique a try on your next steelhead trip to enjoy the feel and finesse of fishing a floating line. SWINGING FOR STEELHEAD AND OTHER FISH: THE GENERAL APPROACH. Thanks… always tough to land these steelies! MoscaPescador Well-known member. John Nagy's Steelhead Guide eBook Now Available! I like black and very small swivels that look innocuous such as. It was a blast. With a longer rod, you will be able to efficiently cover more water, in less time. Then do it again until you feel a fish. How to Swing Flies for Steelhead. The flies used when swinging for steelhead are primarily baitfish patterns, leeches and zonkers. With these casting … Will become bottom-bouncing is to use a leader ( including the tippet ) roughly length... In town great and can be easily cast with a single-handed rod efficiency... 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