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Deschutes River Steelhead Flies
 
 
Morning Thunder - Product Image
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Morning Thunder

A great summer Steelhead fly. Very effective on the Deschutes, Grande Ronde, and low water conditions anywhere.

So much steelheading with a fly takes place at first light.  That grab you get will jolt you awake like a thunder clap on a camping trip.  There's something about Kingfisher blue that steelhead love.  Tied on the sleek looking Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron for added weight and beauty.

Size #5


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Noble's After Dinner, Mint Green - Product Image
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Noble's After Dinner, Mint Green

A nice well tied skating muddler imitation. Great for early morning and late evenings for summer and fall Steelhead. Marabou gives the fly lots of action.

Size 4 hook


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Street Walker, Purple - Product Image
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Street Walker, Purple

A very good low water summer Steelhead fly. A good Deschutes River, Oregon fly. Size 6
Price:   $3.25 
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Noble's After Dinner Mint, Purple/Black - Product Image
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Noble's After Dinner Mint, Purple/Black

A nice well tied skating muddler imitation. Great for early morning and late evenings for summer and fall Steelhead. Marabou gives the fly lots of action.

Size 4 hook


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Summer Purple Flash Moal Leech - Product Image
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Summer Purple Flash Moal Leech

Moal leeches are tied entirely on a string with a trailer hook at the back. This gives the fly greater action than a fly tied on a rigid hook. More fish are landed with the Moal fly as well.

 I caught 20 steelhead on this fly in 2011. This pattern works!!!

Jeff Layton

Custom tied, made in the USA

 

 

15
15 Pound Steelhead Buck caught on red bead, custom Purple Flash Moal Leech

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EVO Fireball Bug

This fly was tweaked from "Evo Mini" with the addition of the egg fireball and a few other changes.

 

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noun
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1.
the process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth.
synonyms:Darwinism, natural selection
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  • the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.
    "the forms of written languages undergo constant evolution"
  • I designed EVO so it can be fished with either a Skagit or Scandi line. I use a lot of the same proven color patterns that I know work but every fly pattern has it own silhouette, movement, sinkability rate, and castability.

    EVO Mini is 2 inches long. Easy to cast. A good summer and fall Steelhead fly.


    EVO Swimming in tank (+)

    Materials:

  • FS SENYOS ARTICULATED SHANK 25MM BLACK
  • Senyo's Intruder Trailer Hook Wire
  • Daiichi Intruder Hook, D2557 or Owner Hook (size 2)
  • Ice Dub
  • Schlappen
  • Lady Amherst Center tail
  • Extra Select Strung Marabou | Marabou Strung Blood Quills
  • Guinea Hackle
  • Flashabou
  • VEEVUS THREAD
  • Custom tied, made in the USA

     


    Price:   $5.50 
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    Hartwick's Purple Hilton - Product Image
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    Hartwick's Purple Hilton

    The traditional summer steelhead flies were developed on the fabled rivers of the Pacific Northwest, such as the Umpqua, Deschutes, and the Rogue. Our traditional summer steelhead flies are tied on a black nickel, up-turned eye, salmon hook.

    A very good traditional summer Steelhead fly.

    Size: 4 hook


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    Joe Gert, Purple - Product Image
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    Joe Gert, Purple

    A very good summer Steelhead fly. Purple and rubber legs = action. Size: 4 hook
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    Hartwick's Brown/Orange Hilton - Product Image
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    Hartwick's Brown/Orange Hilton

    The traditional summer steelhead flies were developed on the fabled rivers of the Pacific Northwest, such as the Umpqua, Deschutes, and the Rogue. Our traditional summer steelhead flies are tied on a black nickel, up-turned eye, salmon hook.

    A very good traditional summer Steelhead fly -really good in late summer and fall. Has October Caddis coloration.

    Size: 4 hook


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    Muddler Minnow, Gold, size 4 - Product Image
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    Muddler Minnow, Gold, size 4

    Muddler, Size 4

    The Muddler Minnow is one of the most popular fly patterns in the world.

    When swinging the Muddler the fly moves in and out of the surface film, enticing Steelhead to the strike.

    Muddlers are also fished subsurface with sinking tip lines. Muddlers because of their deer hair trap lots of shimmering bubbles of air that fish love. Tied by Aqua Flies.

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    Stu's Metal Head Tube, Black/Blue - Product Image
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    Stu's Metal Head Tube, Black/Blue

    Stu Foxall's latest creation is a tube fly utilizing the Pro Sportfisher Ultra Sonic Cones. These cones are made of brass and are slotted. The Ultra Sonic Cone adds some weight to the fly, but is still very easy to lift out of the water due to the venting holes, while maintaining the capability to create a vortex behind the disc, allowing soft materials to swim freely instead of collapsing in hard current.

    Very nice tie up. Make sure you take a long some of these on your next Steelhead fishing trip.


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    Stu's Bunny Hare Leech Tube, Black/Blue - Product Image
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    Stu's Bunny Hare Leech Tube, Black/Blue

    A rabbit strip leech tied on a plastic glitter tube. The plastic tube is 1.25" long with a fluorescent brass cone on the front. Easy to cast and very effective fish grabbing fly.
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    Stu's Metal Head Tube, Blue - Product Image
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    Stu's Metal Head Tube, Blue

    Stu Foxall's latest creation is a tube fly utilizing the Pro Sportfisher Ultra Sonic Cones. These cones are made of brass and are slotted. The Ultra Sonic Cone adds some weight to the fly, but is still very easy to lift out of the water due to the venting holes, while maintaining the capability to create a vortex behind the disc, allowing soft materials to swim freely instead of collapsing in hard current.

    Very nice tie up. Make sure you take a long some of these on your next Steelhead fishing trip.


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    Improved Summer Methow Moal - Product Image
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    Improved Summer Methow Moal

    AKA: Two Toned Flash Moal Leech, Blue/Chartreuse

    Moal leeches are tied entirely on a string with a trailer hook at the back. This gives the fly greater action than a fly tied on a rigid hook. More fish are landed with the Moal fly as well.

    The combination of rabbit fur which has incredible life in the water and flashabou creates an illuminated attraction for fish. A real winner!

    Two Toned Flash Moal Leech - Flashabou and rabbit wrapped around a string go together. Moal Leeches have great movement in the water. They wiggle and undulate, which moves the flashabou in wave like motion reflecting colorful light waves as the fly swings across the river. Two Toned (color) Flash Moals have two different colors of flashabou tied in. The tail color is tied in after half the fly is wrapped with rabbit. The head flashabou is tied with a length of 2/3's the fly length. This works much better that two colors of flashabou tied in together at the cone.



    Improved Methow Moal Steelhead

    Custom tied, made in the USA


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    Green Butt Hilton, size 4 - Product Image
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    Green Butt Hilton, size 4

    The traditional summer steelhead flies were developed on the fabled rivers of the Pacific Northwest, such as the Umpqua, Deschutes, and the Rogue. Our traditional summer steelhead flies are tied on a black nickel, up-turned eye, salmon hook. Special orders can be tied on Gamakatsu, Daiichi, or Maruto hooks. Size: 4

    Green Butt Hilton - great summer and fall Steelhead pattern!

     


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    Sugar Bunny - Product Image
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    Sugar Bunny

    My brother and I recently went to the Skeena river for the first time for Summer run fish. We had some pretty good Intel on a few runs and techniques. One thing that my source stressed was that if we waded out past our ankles that we were fishing too far out! Man was he right! It took me a few days to catch up to my brother who was fishing left handed and close because of tennis elbow in his right arm. He was really getting into the fish, hitting 4 steelhead the first day on a (Fish Magnet Summer Methow)! The biggest problem was all of the plucks, and short strikes from traveling fish. I was a zero with lots of on offs until the third day when I put on a sink 3 on my Rage head and started swinging it into the beach. Then my trip really began as I managed some nice fish mimicking my brother with a Fish Magnet Summer series Methow fly* that proved very good for Steelhead and Coho.

    Flash forward a couple of weeks and the same trip with Jeff at Grabflies. Fishing has been tough all over and the Skeena was no exception this year with a near record low steelhead run. We were going to have to work hard and step up to be successful. This time it was me that hit the ground running having learned my lesson! Prior to the trip I worked on a fly that would be smaller, darker, casts easily on a light polyleader and moves with very little current while showing off a red bead by the hook that would hopefully give the fish a point of attack so the hookup rate would go up with the fast traveling Skeena fish.

    It is basically an April Vokey Sugar Pop fly without the Rhea and an added black rabbit zonker tail with the flash right on top of the wing. Introducing the (Sugar Bunny) Man this fly really fit the bill. I could have called it the Labrador retriever because the tail looks like a dogs tail wagging the flash back and forth. Winner Winner Steelhead dinner!

    I had many grabs and fish on and lost along with a couple of dandy mid to upper teen steelhead caught the first two days. We think the Coho were the plucking fish, but we also lost some big steelhead deep into the battle.

    Jeff soon learned his lesson as I did, as he said "keeping one foot on the bank" and hit three steelhead on his third day, fishing a light tip and a light nice moving fly called the (Egg Dropping Methow Rhea Taco) one of the fish took him down the river and got off at the bank that we dubbed the Kispiox buck because of his 20# + size and nasty demeanor.

    Jeff also caught a some on a lightly weighted (Skagit Methow Leech) which is always a good fly to tie on.

    Later in the week the river cleared up some and the fish moved out from the bank and I fished another new fly that was incredibly successful, hooking three steelhead in one run on the final morning. Jeff and I managed a double as well, each catching a nice mid teen chromer!  I'm dubbing my new fly (the  Hoh Magnet) It is a highly visible mostly black fly with a dark blue flash wing and Lady Amhurst barbs that says "bite me" I will be adding it to the Fish Magnet fly collection as soon as I can tie some up and get them to Jeff to be available.

    See (customer photos) and view the awesome wild steelhead and the flies that we used to catch each!

    Also see Evo Bunny with Eyes (Click Here)

    made in the USA 


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    Tube Ska-Opper Natural White, Small - Product Image
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    Tube Ska-Opper Natural White, Small

    The Tube Ska-Opper a modern steelhead wake fly - tied by FishMADMan, Superior tie
    This the famous Ska-Opper steelhead pattern devised by the guide and steelheader Mr. Scott
    Howell... A modern wake designed to be fished active with a popping stop and go motion.
    tied with the Fishmadman Riffling Hitch tube system.

    Comes with hook.

     

    Photo is of Natural - this fly has more white on it. White can be a great skating color when nothing else will work.

    riffling hitch system

    Two ways to rig this fly:

    1. Riffling hitch system - see image above

    2. Tie on like regular tube fly - leader down tube, and tie on hook. Push hook up into tube.


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    Flashback Bug Medium # 4 - Product Image
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    Flashback Bug Medium # 4

    This fly has done so well sinse we designed it that we know you're going to like the Flashback Bug – It brings together some of the best features from other popular steelhead wake flies and is made with our own highly visible iridescent foam.

    Comes with Owner size 4 hook


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    Tube Grease Liner Orange - Product Image
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    Tube Grease Liner Orange

    The Grease Liner: Favoured classic wake fly for steelhead designed by Mr. Harry Lemire in 1962.


    A "must-have" in the fly box if you aim for steelhead in B.C. Canada. The original version of the
    Grease liner tied on single hooks… could be difficult to keep skating… this is not a problem with
    the tube version from Fishmadman…
    – The body of the Tube Grease liner is made of the incomparable Simi Seal dubbing from Mr.
    John Rohmer in Arizona (Colour; Canadian Brown)

    This a 45 millimeter fly (from front to end of tail) The body is 27 millimeters long – So equivalent of
    a # 4 fly.

    Comes with hook.

    riffling hitch system

    Two ways to rig this fly:

    1. Riffling hitch system - see image above

    2. Tie on like regular tube fly - leader down tube, and tie on hook. Push hook up into tube. 


    Price:   $5.25 
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    Egg Dropping Methow Rhea Taco, Mini - Product Image
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    Egg Dropping Methow Rhea Taco, Mini

    One of Grabflies best color patterns, the Methow (Black/King Fisher Blue/Chartreuse Butt). This Taco fly has the addition of the trailing egg.

    Tied like a Fish Taco Fly but using Rhea instead of Ostrich Plume. This gives the fly a little less silhouette, but with the same action, plus Rhea really stands out and moves in the water.

    Size: 2 inches, Size 2 hook

     

    Compare Sizes

     

    Mini Size 2" (top) | Regular Size (bottom) (3 - 3.5 ")(Click Here)

     

    Also see Rhea Taco (click here) and Fish Taco (click here)

    Custom tied, made in the USA

     

     


    Price:   $7.39 
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    Neo Classic Methow - Product Image
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    Neo Classic Methow

    This fly is now tied in a classic tie up, and has been a super effective Steelhead fly. It first started as the Improved Methow Moal, and then evolved into Skagit Methow Leech (which has the record for catching 20 lb Steelhead).

    For lower water and summer conditions this same color pattern can be found in this fly and Skagit Leech Lite.

    See other Neo Classic patterns (Click Here)

    Tied on a:

    Custom tied, made in the USA


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    Green Butt Skunk - Product Image
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    Green Butt Skunk

    The Green Butt Skunk is the most popular summer steelhead fly in the Northwest.

    Traditional wet-fly swing. If the water temperature is below 52 degrees, consider using a sink-tip line with a 4-6 foot leader.

    There well have been more summer Steelhead caught on a Skunk, or Green Butted Skunk fly pattern that any other single pattern around. A must in every Steelhead Fly Fishermen's Fly box.

    The traditional summer steelhead flies were developed on the fabled rivers of the Pacific Northwest, such as the Umpqua, Deschutes, and the Rogue. Our traditional summer steelhead flies are tied on a black nickel, up-turned eye,

    Size: 4

    Also see Green Butt Spey Skunk (click here)


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    Freight Train - Product Image
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    Freight Train

    Freight Train Fly utilizes a proven combination of colors and a classic profile. A top-producing summer steelhead fly. A favorite on the Deschutes River

    Size: 6

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    Black Magic Muddler - Product Image
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    Black Magic Muddler

    Black Magic Muddler by Grabflies.

    A very good summer/fall Steelhead Muddler Minnow pattern. Design for rivers like the Klickitat and Deschutes. This muddler is tied on a shank with a trailing #2 Owner hook. Trailing hooks are much better for tail nipping takes and when barbless stay hooked much better, plus do much less damage to wild fish for releasing.

    Fly is 1.5 to 2 inches longer. Fishes very high in the water column on a dryline. This muddler has lots of action.


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    HoBo Spey - Product Image
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    HoBo Spey

    HoBo Spey - custom tied by Grabflies using quality (best) materials:

    A great time tested and proven Steelhead pattern. Black and blue is money for Steelhead. HoBo has lots of movement in soft water because of the Marabou. Grabflies ties this pattern with a dubbing ball before Intruder Prop hackle and then black Marabou. This stops the Marabou from collapsing flat, but instead gives the fly shape and movement.

    Also see Fish Taco (click here)

    Custom tied, made in the USA


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