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WHY STEELHEAD EAT FLIES (The Come-Back Flies)
When fly fishing for summer steelhead on inland rivers such as the Deschutes, Klickatat, John Day, Imnaha or Clearwater, the most popular approach is with the floating line and a cast that brings the fly across the current under tension. Usually the fly is fished sunk, but
only slightly. When
everything works right the fly rides inches below the surface and
Some steelhead are more aggressive than
others. A percentage
of steelhead will rise to the fly, but will not take solidly. They
will nip, pluck or pull on the fly in such a manner that they do not get
Others will refuse the fly all together and turn in such a manner
as to leave a disturbance on the surface of the water.
This is called a boil. A
few fish will come back repeatedly, each time refusing to take the fly
solidly. These fish are
Some of these players will not take no
matter what you do. But
most will eventually take the fly if you are patient and do not loose
your cool. Here are some tactics that have hooked and landed many of
these exciting and difficult fish.
Always keep and eye on where your fly
is. There are days when
steelhead don't make very much disturbance when they approach your fly. If
you don't see them, you may not cast to them a second time.
If a steelhead boils or plucks your fly, recast the exact same
amount of line with the same fly and repeat the presentation that rose
the fish. If the fish
doesn't take on this second cast, wade at least ten full steps upstream
and fish down to the fish again one step at a time.
This will usually pump the fish up enough to take on the second
If the second pass doesn't result in a solid hook-up. Changing the fly is the next best option. There are many choices that have worked, but the most consistent approach is to go smaller and darker. Some steelhead have only enough aggression to attack very small somber flies. For this reason I always carry two patterns that have bailed me out in difficult water conditions and often succeed with difficult fish. They are my favorite "come-back" flies. These two flies are Frank Amato's Night Dancer and my Prizm. These patterns are dressed "low-water" on size #4 to #8 fine wire hooks. No flashabou or other flashy material is added except for a fine rib and tag. Here is the way they are dressed.
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Roslyn Lake is part of the Sandy River hydro-electric diversion. It is rich in aquatic life. Managed as a put and take lake with no special restrictions, it is never the less an entertaining fly fishing destination. It is easily accessible and open year round.
The road to Lost Lake form Welches over Lolo Pass takes you down the West Fork of the Hood River. Although the West Fork and tributaries are close to angling for the protection of endangered summer steelhead, the drive is very scenic.
Harriet Lake is another hydro electric reservoir. It is on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River which is spring fed and very cold. This lake is a good bet during the dog days of summer when other lakes are too warm.
Timothy Lake is a large hydro reservoir (1200 acres). The timbered shore line produces prolific falls of terrestrial insects such as ants, termites and beetles. This water contains population of rainbow, brook trout, Kokenee and native cutthroat trout.
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