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Fish Magnet Flies By Dave Robinson

Listed for sale are the flies I tie and use with success. I have simplified the fly choosing process by going through a quick checklist of river conditions and choosing your fly accordingly that is easy to understand and will give you confidence. My flies are not cheap! They are rather expensive. Some of these flies take 30-45 minutes to tie! There are no corners cut on materials used. Many flies today are made with synthetic materials, I.E. plastic…Plastic does not move like natural materials…Period! The exception is Flashabou over natural materials that move it. Marabou is not expensive and works well to keep cost down but is not the best option for MAXIMUM movement. I do use marabou as a base for silhouette in some flies. The reason for the extra cost is the liberal use of Rhea and Grizzly Hackle, ostrich hurl and sometimes rabbit. All are ridiculously expensive BUT are the best for maximum movement and presentation to a fish of 1000 casts! I also use Owner hooks exclusively. They are spendy but rarely get dull or need to be replaced. We spend $1000 on a good rod, another $500-$1000 for a steelhead proof reel. Travel expense, lines, wading gear and even guides to get us into a fish. Why cut corners to save a couple bucks on the one thing that separates us from what we are really after? The two most important things to catching fish are, presentation and the fly used. You could stand in the river naked with a cheap rod and catch fish with a good presentation and the right fly. Most steelhead you will find on the edge of fast and slow water. When these flies drop into the fishy slow water, they blossom out and undulate in a squidy, spidery manner that I believe makes the difference. Like I said, they are expensive, however, I rarely lose flies now. If you are at a stage where you lose a lot of flies, you may not be ready to step up to these just yet depending on your budget. Or have a few handy if the river is free from snags and brushy sides. A Great fly to use that catches fish and is not so expensive is Grabflies MOAL leaches sold on this site. Yes, you can catch steelhead on many flies, and inexpensive flies. BUT if fishing a fly with maximum movement, size, and the right color combinations could pick us up just a few more finicky fish per year or even increase the size of the fish we catch… Size of fish? Yes! Since Jeff Layton developed the Skagit leach two years ago, 20 pound fish are coming with regularity! We attribute this to fly size, movement and color selection based on water color and temperature. So with all that said, what I have done is spend the money and take the time to make flies with Rhea, grizzly hackle, rabbit and Owner hooks, and some tricks up my sleeve that I believe in! I will not make comparisons to other great flies from great tiers, only that I am selling the flies I make for myself! See the fish I catch on these flies in Customer Photos on the homepage of this site.

I mentioned tricks up my sleeve. Each fly listed will have a description and what its best use is for based on conditions. Some of the techniques I use are:

  • I use hard mono instead of intruder wire to the hook. It is stiffer so it doesn't tangle as much when casting. I also like the memory it has. It wants to be straight. It is a tight fit on a #2 Owner hook, so if you ever replace the hook on the mono loop, you may have to go up to a 1/0.
  • Rhea is sparser so it sinks faster. It will cast better and less tip weight can be used
  • I use heavy streamer shanks so no heavy dumbbell eyes needed!
  • I use #2 Owner hooks. They penetrate better than a 1/0 and hold up to broken rods, tippets, and king salmon! Some smaller summer flies will have a #4.
  • In most flies, I don't put the bright bead at the hook eye for a visual. It looks cool, but in clear water, I believe the fish on, off syndrome is caused by a fish picking the fly up head first. In darker water it doesn't seem to be a concern. But instead of making egg sucking leaches, I make egg shitting leaches! I give the fish a visual focus at the hook end instead of 4 inches away from the hook!
  • I glue at each step. If you don't lose these flies. It will last you until you do! Buy a pack of #1/0 owner hooks sold off of this site. At some point you may want to replace the hook. A #2 will be too hard to get back on the Mono. I rarely ever need to replace a hook as they are exceptional quality.
  • I articulate many flies for even more movement.
  • Clear water flies are sparser with peekaboo body colors. In clear water the fish can see it coming a long way off and inspect it so details make a difference here.

JUST A NOTE ON COLOR AND SIZE

I keep it simple to what works.

These are rules of thumb and overlap but if you follow these simple guidelines it will work for you.

Winter

Muddy, low visibility - Black / Pink or Purple/ Pink and big. 4 to 6 inches!

Glacial flow, low visibility- Purple / Pink and big. 4 inches! Black and pink is also a fine choice. But I have recently been using more Purple and Pink with success on some big fish!

Cold - Big. 4 inches or even bigger!

Clear and cold or low water - 3-4 inches, Methow colors, Black / Blue with green butt. KILLER!

Summer

I use just a few color combos in the summer.

Gin Clear- 2-2.5 inches, Purple with or without green butt. Purple with red butt. Or Blue with green butt.

Clear - 2.5-3 inches, same as above but Purple / red butt 90% of the time.

Glacial flow - 3-4 inches, Purple with red butt 90% of the time. If it's cleared up go 2.5 inch or use a Blue and green.

Dirty dark

- If you're fishing this water in the summer, think winter flies. Go with silhouette size. Give a fish every opportunity to see it. Dark Fly with flash! Black or Purple.

In conclusion, I have tied and tried a LOT of flies and have narrowed it down to this handful of extremely good producers.

Don't try them, Just tie them on with confidence and fish them without doubt!

Thanks,
Dave Robinson

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Fish Magnet Articulated Series

As the name implies, these flies are jointed in the middle with the mono hook line running to the front of the fly and acting like as a joint between the front and back half. These are expensive and time consuming as I am literally tying two flies. 
They are weighted with a small bead mid ship to avoid bead grabs. Also aids in not getting stuck under a rock.
These have MAXIMUM movement and my new go to fly on coastal rivers in the winter. Easy to cast  with a Skagit setup. 1/2 Rhea tie.
  • Black/pink with pink flash - 5" long and maximum visibility in dark or dirty water.
  • Purple/Pink with pink flash rear and purple flash front- 5" long. great color for glacial stained rivers and dark or dirty water. My best producer lately on coastal rivers. Most recently a 21# hen and a 15# chrome hen.
  • Methow Blue/green-  4". A clear or cold water fly that is a huge producer on low, cold and clear water. Made smaller because a huge sillouette is not required on a clear river.
  • Black/Green with blue flash- 4". morning and evening fly on cold clear rivers or use with confidence all day or switch to the Methow in full light. Also effective when glacial rivers get clear.


Picture is a 39" 21# hen. I got a quick lift and snap picture on a river that allows it. Released quickly and unharmed after an epic 150 yard sustained run! Caught on a purple/pink. Grip n Mit used for easy grip to prevent struggling, dropping, or squeezing too hard. Made from no harm net material from Grabflies.
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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!

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Fish Magnet Single Shank Winter Flies

My most versatile winter fly.
Tied on a long heavy streamer shank with a hidden small bead. These are all tied at 4" and perfect in most conditions except for extreme dark, or dirty water. They don't move quite as well as the articulated flies but the full length materials, especially the grizzly hackle are very squid like and has been proven over and over again by me and all of team Grabflies with the Grabflies Skagit leach. This is my version of that fly with Rhea and longer and more Grizzly tentacles.

  • Purple/pink- glacial, stained to green water. Great fly. Fish below was caught on this fly in lower B.C. 3/1/17. In green water 4' visibility.
  • Black/pink- dark dirty water to green or even clear water but really shines in water that requires a full sillouette on coastal water. This fly is Chrome in the bank!
  • Methow black/ blue/green with red bead by hook eye- the perfect fly for low clear cold water. This color proven and responsible for many many fish up to 24 pounds. Also best fly ever on clear inland rivers like the Methow, Wenatchee, lower Deschutes b run fish, Clearwater. Just a very versatile fly.
  • Methow blue/green- same as above in every way without the red focus point bead. Clear water dream fly.
 
This 35" Chromer savagely grabbed a purple/ pink with 4' visibility in green water. Wild fish are a treasure!
 
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The Hoh Magnet

The Hoh Magnet by Fish Magnet Flies, Dave Robinson

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!

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Fishmagnet Winter Staple

While I obviously appreciate using the finest materials in my flies, fishing the Skeena and Bulkley has opened my eyes to what is most important when I comes to catching steelhead...That is movement in slow greasy seams along the bank in dark water and the slow water next to a faster seam in clearer water. With a lot of trial and error it is absolutely hard to beat marabou! It holds its profile in faster water with a good prop, then when it hits slow water, it puffs out and breaths like a living moving critter.

Winter steelhead are notoriously anorexic, they eat and spit it out. My goals when building this fly to offer for sale was to accomplish these goals,

    1. Offer the best fly for the job at a reasonable price
    2.Maximum movement in the softest of water
    3. Utilize a dark head in the front and a bright bead at the hook eye for a visual "Bite" point to try and avoid the on and off problem of fish on the hang down and in slow water.
  1.  
    • #2 Owner hook on a mono stinger loop
    • Visual bead
    • Rear flashabou
    • Ice Dub body
    • Hidden bead to prop body and weight fly to avoid hanging on the bottom
    • 6 grizzly hackles +-
    • Intruder hackle
    • Marabou
    • Body Flashabou
    • Black Schlappen head
    • Each step is glued off for durability
  2. 4. Offer it in the only two color patterns that I use myself and will be using until something comes along that proves to be better, then I will adapt!

    Description

    Purple/Pink- This is my go to color and I will fish it almost exclusively all winter into the late spring. All my steelhead last winter and spring came on this fly except a couple on the Methow. 3"

    Methow - Maybe the best all-around color pattern we have ever found. It will work in murky water but really shines in clear water, sunny bright days. Killer fly on clear rivers like the Bogi, Quinault, Washougal, Deschutes and the like. 3"


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Fish Magnet Fall Flies

Double shoulder Rhea.
I started tying these for last year with a two shoulder section front and rear with a slim shiny or diamond braid middle. It is a LOT of Rhea with Front and rear fox shoulders that hold the Rhea and a little flash out like tentacles! 
It proved AMAZING on fall steelhead, wild and hatchery. Then when fall Chinook came in with the steelhead it wrecked them too! 
Very expensive Rhea and grizzly tentacle tie for max movement.

Small hidden bead weight for ballast so they swim right. Non weighted same cost but specify weighted or non weighted.

Size: 3- 3.5"
  • Purple/ Red 1/2  purple and 1/2 red perfect for bright days and Chinook in the system. My number one fly last fall for Steelhead and kings. 3-4" perfect for mid visibility.3/4 purple 1/4 red for darker water, darker days with same results!
  • Methow blue/green- clear water killer for Steelhead and Coho. If Chinook enter the system use purple / red. 1/2 and 1/2.
My best fall steelhead on a half purple half red 4". About 17 lbs!
 
made in the USA

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Fish Magnet Summer Series, Methow

These flies are for early summer through fall and are a smaller version of my Fall flies. These flies run about 2.5 inches. The Body colors are peekaboo and come in and out of view as the fly undulates in the water currents. When these flies hit slow water they open up and get very squidy or spidery that fish really seem to dig. This last year or so I have really been targeting the slower water next to a faster seam and the Fish Magnet Flies have evolved to target these fish. I also like the looks of these in faster head of run water because not only do they move well in it but lift out of the water to set your anchor and cast well.

As they are smaller with less materials, they are also cheaper. I still use as much full length ostrich hurl , marabou, and grizzly hackle that I can to maximize movement. These flies are tied on a heavy streamer shank and are heavy enough without additional weight to sink at about a type 3 to 5 rate, so are perfect for lighter setups as well.

I offer three different color combinations and are about the only colors I ever use.

Methow colors, Black/Blue/Green butt - Great for ultra-clear water especially in spring and fall. But also mid-summer as a second choice to the Klickitat Purple/Red. Also great if water temperatures are cold and clear in late fall before going to a bigger fly for winter. This fly is also very effective for early winter conditions on coastal rivers for summer and early winter steelhead.

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Fish Magnet Summer Series, Klickitat Sunrise

These flies are for early summer through fall and are a smaller version of my Fall flies. These flies run about 2.5 inches. The Body colors are peekaboo and come in and out of view as the fly undulates in the water currents. When these flies hit slow water they open up and get very squidy or spidery that fish really seem to dig. This last year or so I have really been targeting the slower water next to a faster seam and the Fish Magnet Flies have evolved to target these fish. I also like the looks of these in faster head of run water because not only do they move well in it but lift out of the water to set your anchor and cast well.

As they are smaller with less materials, they are also cheaper. I still use as much full length ostrich hurl , marabou, and grizzly hackle that I can to maximize movement. These flies are tied on a heavy streamer shank and are heavy enough without additional weight to sink at about a type 3 to 5 rate, so are perfect for lighter setups as well.

I offer three different color combinations and are about the only colors I ever use.

Klickitat Sunrise Purple/Red- Name coined by Jeff here at Grablies for its incredible effectiveness on the Klickitat River. This color combo is my first choice starting as early as June and extremely effective through late fall for Steelhead and King Salmon. For some reason, hatchery steelhead really key in on this color as well on heavily fished rivers all over the West Coast.

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Fish Magnet Summer Series, Purple

These flies are for early summer through fall and are a smaller version of my Fall flies. These flies run about 2.5 inches. The Body colors are peekaboo and come in and out of view as the fly undulates in the water currents. When these flies hit slow water they open up and get very squidy or spidery that fish really seem to dig. This last year or so I have really been targeting the slower water next to a faster seam and the Fish Magnet Flies have evolved to target these fish. I also like the looks of these in faster head of run water because not only do they move well in it but lift out of the water to set your anchor and cast well.

As they are smaller with less materials, they are also cheaper. I still use as much full length ostrich hurl , marabou, and grizzly hackle that I can to maximize movement. These flies are tied on a heavy streamer shank and are heavy enough without additional weight to sink at about a type 3 to 5 rate, so are perfect for lighter setups as well.

I offer three different color combinations and are about the only colors I ever use.

Purple with peekaboo Green body- This fly is very effective on east side, inland rivers like the Methow, Wenatchee, Grand Ronde, ClearWater and even the North Umpqua as we found out. Also good in the fall before the river gets cold. It is also a good all-around summer color on most rivers, especially early and late in the day when darker water conditions are present.

 

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Klickitat Summer Chartreuse Peekaboo

Klickitat Summer Chartreuse Peekaboo by Fish Magnet Flies.

Hot summer Steelhead have been in the river a while, getting lethargic and slow moving in the warming lower oxygen water. I experienced this recently after three days of soft repeated bumps short grabs and poorly hooked fish on fuller dressed Klickitat Sunrise Summer flies.

I decided to switch gears by trying this sparsley dressed fly with a chartreuse peekaboo ice dub body. I trimmed it up a bit more leaving no dressing past the small razor sharp #4 Owner hook.

With one day left I fished down a run I had gotten some short tugs on the day before. As it swung into the soft water, same scenario...bump bump tug and this time some weight! Setting the hook hard ended with a nice 12 lb summer wild fish hooked deep in the nose! The fly...

  • 2.5" long to back off the #4 Owner hook
  • Sparsely dressed no longer than the hook
  • Trimmed marabou and fox shoulder on the bottom side to expose body colors.
  • Easy casting even with a Skandi setup.
  • Any color is fine as long as it's PURPLE!
  • Also see Grabflies EVO version. Deadly and proven.

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