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Winter Steelhead Flies
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Nothing Beats Maxima
Winter Steelhead Leaders
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 Featured Customer Free Fly Tying Party   All pictures are Mouse-over.

Winter Steelhead Flies, Spring, Summer & Fall Steelhead Flies Too...
Flies for catching the Pacific Northwest's most beloved fish
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Winter Steelhead
Winter Steelhead Fly Directory
A pictorial navigation page
- a visual adventure at the source!
Steelhead Guide's Flies
Proven by the Pacific Northwest's
most accomplished steelhead guides.
Our Steelhead Fly Selection Offers Several Layers of Navigation
Two layers are offered above. The Winter Steelhead Fly Directory is on this same page. It allows you to easily choose your fly by singular item. The Steelhead Guide's Flies directory are listed by the guide's name and picture, so that you can choose from the creations of your favorite guide. The directory below list families of steelhead flies by category (because there are hundreds of sizes and kinds of steelhead flies offered in this web site and to offer navigation on one page would be a page yards long)...so the links below will take you to other directories. We know of one guy from Washington that followed all of the links in the Steelhead Fly section of our site and it took up week of good fishing time...then there's the guy from Sweden who has been in there for the last month... 
If you get lost, try our Search engine, and if that doesn't get it done, call: 1-800-266-3971.
Agitators
Alaskabou Flies
Articulated Leech
Bombers
Bulkley Mouse
Deep Eyed Wog
Deschutes Steelhead Flies
Egg Flies
Egg Sucking Leach
Egg Sucking Sculpin
Exasperator
Favorite Winter Steelhead Flies
Fly du Jour
Foxee Prawn
General Practitioner
GP Spey
Guide Intruder
Grease Liner
Hobbit Spey
Hoh Bo Spey
Jumbo Critter
Low Water Tube Flies
Larimer Loop Leech
Pick 'Yer Pocket
Marabou Tube Flies
Metal Detectors
Moose Turd
Musician Series
Skagit Minnow
Spey Flies
Steelhead Caddis
Steelhead Muddlers
Steelhead Wet Flies
Shrimp Flies
Signature Intruder
Stinger Prawn
String Leeches
Summer Steelhead Fly Selection
Tail Gunner Flies
Tandem Tube Flies
Top Spot Skater
Traditional Wet Flies
Tube Flies
Tube Snakes
Waking Flies
Waller Waker
Wombat
Winter Spey Flies

Winter Steelhead Fly Directory
This may be the most complete selection of winter steelhead flies ever assembled on one page.
All pictures are mouse-over for fly names.  Click flies for more information.

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink

Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple
Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple

Cone Head String Leech, Black
Cone Head Leech, Black

Cone Head String Leech, Olive
Cone Head Leech, Olive

Cone Head String Leech, Purple
Cone Head Leech, Purple

Cone Head String Leech, Chartreuse
Cone Head Leech, Chartreuse

Cone Head String Leech, Pink
Cone Head Leech, Hot Pink

Cone Head String Leech, Red
Cone Head Leech, Red

Marabou, Tube Fly, Sandy Blue
MarabouTube Fly, Blue

Marabou Tube Fly, Red Rocket
Marabou Tube Fly, Red

Marabou Tube Fly, Purple & Pink
Marabou Tube Fly, Purple

Marabou Tube Fly, Sandy Candy
MarabouTube Fly, Candy

Metal Detector, Black & Blue
Metal Detector, Blue

Metal Detector, Black & Chartreuse
Metal Detector, Chartreuse

Metal Detector, Red & Orange
Metal Detector, Red

Cook's Alaskabou, Volcano
Alaskabou, Volcano

Cook's Alaskabou, Blue Moon
Alaskabou, Blue Moon

Cook's Alaskabou, Popsicle
Alaskabou, Popsicle

Agitator, Black & Red
Agitator, Black & Red

Agitator, Purple & Flame
Agitator, Purple & Flame

Agitator, Pink & Orange
Agitator, Sandy Candy

Deep Eyed Wog
Deep Eyed Wog

Articulated Leech, Black
Articulated Leech, Black

Articulated Leech, Purple
Articulated Leech, Purple


Big Black

Big Purple
Big Purple

Big Red
Big Red

Egg Sucking Leech, Black & Red
Egg Leech, Black

Egg Sucking Leech, Purple & Pink
Egg Leech, Purple

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black
Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive
Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive
Exasperator, Black/Blue
Exasperator, Black/Blue
Exasperator, Black/Purple
Exasperator, Black/Purple

General Practitioner, Black
General Practitioner, Black

General Practitioner, Original Orange
General Practitioner, Orange

General Practitioner, Purple
General Practitioner, Purple

Super Prawn, Orange
Super Prawn, Orange

Sand Shrimp
Sand Shrimp

Hoh Bo Spey, Black/Blue
Hoh Bo Spey, Black/Blue
Hoh Bo Spey, Green Butt
Hoh Bo Spey, Green Butt
Hob Bo Spey, Orange Butt
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange Butt
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange/Purple
Hoh Bo Spey, Orange/Purple
Hoh Bo Spey, Wine
Hoh Bo Spey, Wine
Hobbit Spey, Black
Hobbit Spey, Black
Hobbit Spey, Orange
Hobbit Spey, Orange
Hobbit Spey, Purple
Hobbit Spey, Purple

Green Butt Spey
Green Butt Spey

Jack O'Lantern Spey
Jack O'Lantern Spey

SunKissed Spey
Sun Kissed Spey

Expression Spey
Expression Spey

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Black & Blue
Tandem Tube, Black/Blue

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Egg Sucker
Tandem Tube, Egg Sucker

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Fleshy Red
Tandem Tube, Fleshy Red

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Orange & Pink
Tandem Tube, Orange/Pink

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Purple
Tandem Tube, Purple

Silvey's Tandem Tube Fly, Red & Orange
Tandem Tube, Red & Orange

Foxee Prawn, Purple
Foxee Prawn, Purple

Foxee Prawn, Orange
Foxee Prawn, Orange

Foxee Prawn, Black & Blue
Foxee Prawn, Black

Foxee Prawn, Popsicle
Foxee Prawn, Popsicle

Signature Intruder, Red & Black
Sig Intruder, Red/Black

Signature Intruder, Purple
Sig Intruder, Purple

Signature Intruder, Pink & Orange
Sig Intruder, Pink/Orange

Signature Intruder, Olive
Sig Intruder, Olive

Signature Intruder, Black & Orange
Sig Intruder, Black/Orange

Signature Intruder, Black & Blue
Sig Intruder, Black/Blue

Signature Intruder, Black Green Butt
Sig Intruder, Green Butt

Signature Intruder, White
Sig Intruder, White

Guide Intruder, Black
Guide Intruder, Black

Guide Intruder, Chartreuse
Guide Intruder, Chartreuse

Guide Intruder, Pink
Guide Intruder, Pink
 Sandy Spider
Sandy Spider
 Eyed Shrimp
Eyed Shrimp
 Loop Leech, Black/Chartreuse
 Loop Leech, Black/Chartreuse

Larimer Loop Leech, Black
Loop Leech, Black

Larimer Loop Leech, Pink
Loop Leech, Pink

Larimer Loop Leech, Red
Loop Leech, Red

Larimer Loop Leech, Purple
Loop Leech, Purple

Jumbo Critter, Black 
Jumbo Critter, Black 

 Jumbo Critter, Black/Blue
Jumbo Critter, Black/Blue

Jumbo Critter, Black/Red 
Jumbo Critter, Black/Red 

Jumbo Critter, Chartreuse
Jumbo Critter, Chartreuse
 Jumbo Critter, Pink & Orange
Jumbo Critter, Pink & Orange
 Jumbo Critter, Purple
Jumbo Critter, Purple
Steelhead Mojo
Steelhead Mojo

Starlight Leech, Pink
Starlight Leech, Pink

Silvey's Tube Snake, Black & Blue
Tube Snake, Black & Blue

Silvey's Tube Snake, Purple
Tube Snake, Purple

Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange
Tube Snake, Orange

Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange & Pink
Tube Snake, Pink

Silvey's Tube Snake, Red
Tube Snake, Red

Al Green
Al Green
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Skagit Minnow, Black
Skagit Minnow, Black
Skagit Minnow, Chart/White
Skagit Minnow, Chart/White
Skagit Minnow, Pink/Orange
Skagit Minnow, Pink/Orange
Skagit Minnow, Purple/Blue
Skagit Minnow, Purple/Blue
Stinger Prawn, Black
Stinger Prawn, Black
Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse
Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse
Stinger Prawn, Purple
Stinger Prawn, Purple
GP Spey, Black
GP Spey, Black
GP Spey, Orange
GP Spey, Orange
GP Spey, Purple
GP Spey, Purple
http://www.flyfishusa.com/flies/stl-wambat.htm#Wambat_Fly,_Orange
Wombat Fly, Orange
Wambat Fly, Blackbird
Wombat Fly, Blackbird
Steelhead Flies Are An Obsession !!!

Every steelhead is a treasure...especially the wild ones.

Flies are constantly evolving as our understanding of game fish and their prey deepens. The sport of fly fishing really is a search for knowledge of the natural world around us, especially the aquatic components. The evolution of this knowledge can be traced in the history of fly tying skills and the progression of fly patterns over the past 500 years.  The rise of industrial technology has played a role. Most modern flies still contain natural materials that were available in the beginning.  But, many key components used in the latest winter steelhead flies have only been

available in the last few years.  On the average, winter steelhead flies are getting larger.  This is not only because we are learning how to tie larger flies, but more importantly we are developing the tackle and skills to fish larger flies more comfortably. Certain strains of steelhead prefer large flies. Many of them return to our rivers during the winter months.
The development of the most important new patterns, is most naturally by the hardest working professional fly fishing guides.  If you are a guide, your career is dependent on your ability to be able to get your clients hooked up. It stands to reason if you spend 100-200 days a year fishing for steelhead, you are going to learn a lot about how to catch them.  
Pictured above is a selection of flies that is on the cutting edge of winter steelhead fly development.  These patterns were developed and proven by the area's best winter steelhead guides: Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn, Brian Silvey, Mike Kinney, Marty Sheppard, Tom Larimer, Brian Kite, Scott Howell and Charles St. Pierre.  Troy Bachmann, Jon Covich and George Cook past guides and long time steelheaders, have added their expertise to the mix.  Our company roots are in winter steelhead fly fishing.  We have the most complete selection of winter steelhead fly fishing gear in the region, if not the world.  Our aim is to remain the leader and bring you the best winter steelhead fly fishing tackle available, and this includes the best selection of winter steelhead flies.  We also intend to make this collection the most convenient to access on the internet and at the best prices and most streamlined delivery possible.


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Nothing Beats MAXIMA for winter steelhead fishing!!!
Maxima Chameleon Maxima Clear Maxima Ultra Green Leader Formulas

Maxima Tippet Material.  Many anglers believe that there is no stronger more durable leader material than Maxima. Period. It has gained a fanatical following of the most renowned trout, bass, steelhead, salmon and saltwater anglers. This is because of its 100% constancy and total reliability. Maxima has a high durability finish that avoids nicks and abrasions. This finish also helps to control knot slippage, which is a major factor in knot breakage.
Nothing beats Maxima


Maxima Chameleon
Maxima Chameleon is a very hard and abrasion resistant tippet material. Its dark brown color is infrared sensitive to blend with the surroundings when submerged. It is best when fishing deep. For those reasons it has become the most popular salmon and steelhead tippet.

Stock No. Pound Test Diameter Length Price To top
MAXCH02
Chameleon
2 lb. .005 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH04
Chameleon
4 lb. .007 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH06
Chameleon
6 lb. .009 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH08
Chameleon
8 lb. .010 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH10
Chameleon
10 lb. .012 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
 MAXCH12
Chameleon
12 lb. .013 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH15
Chameleon
15 lb. .015 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH20
Chameleon
20 lb. .017 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH25
Chameleon
25 lb. .020 27 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH30
Chameleon
30 lb. .022 17 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCH40
Chameleon
40 lb. .024 17 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Maxima Clear
Maxima Clear has the same properties as Chameleon except it doesn't contain the infrared sensitive dye. It has a non-reflective finish that makes it nearly invisible under most light and water conditions. Clear is a good choice for all situations where a dark colored tippet is not appropriate such as surface steelhead or saltwater flats fishing.

Stock No. Pound Test Diameter Length Price To top
MAXCL02
Clear
2 lb. .005 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL04
Clear
4 lb. .007 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL06
Clear
6 lb. .009 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL08
Clear
8 lb. .010 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL10
Clear
10 lb. .012 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
 MAXCL12
Clear
12 lb. .013 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL15
Clear
15 lb. .015 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL20
Clear
20 lb. .017 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL25
Clear
25 lb. .020 27 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL30
Clear
30 lb. .022 17 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXCL40
Clear
40 lb. .024 17 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Maxima Ultra Green
Maxima Ultra Green is supple and softer than either Chameleon or Clear. It is nearly invisible in most river and lake water. It has good knot strength and is very popular for fishing nymphs or dry flies for trout.

Stock No. Pound Test Diameter Length Price To top
MAXUG02
Ultra Green
2 lb. .005 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG04
Ultra Green
4 lb. .007 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG06
Ultra Green
6 lb. .009 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG08
Ultra Green
8 lb. .010 27 yd. $2.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG10
Ultra Green
10 lb. .012 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
 MAXUG12
Ultra Green
12 lb. .013 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG15
Ultra Green
15 lb. .015 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG20
Ultra Green
20 lb. .017 27 yd. $3.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
MAXUG25
Ultra Green
25 lb. .020 27 yd. $3.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Building Your Own Tapered Leaders
All competent anglers pay special attention to their leader.  Nothing shows up a rookie quicker than a frayed and wind knotted leader.  A poorly maintained leader denotes poor fishing skills and a lack focus.  You don't have to build your own hand tied leaders to be a competent angler.  There are several brands of reliable knotless, factory made leaders available.  However, for some applications hand tied leaders will give the best presentation and are much less expensive.
  
Having an understanding of leader material and a practiced knowledge of reliable fishing knots is as important to the angler as knowing how to cast. The leader is the most fragile link between you and your fish. Frayed leader material, tangles, wind knots or a badly tied knot can release your trophy prematurely.  Nothing lasts forever.  Any leader is subjected to tremendous dynamic stress as it is cast through the air.  Contact with stream bank vegetation, underwater obstructions and fish teeth can badly scar leader material.  Your leader must be checked constantly while fishing. Any problem areas should be repaired as soon as they are noticed.  For this reason you should carry a "leader repair kit" even if you use factory made knotless tapered leaders.

A properly designed fly leader enables the angler to deliver the fly with precision. The leader should also provide a strong, nearly invisible link between the fly line and the fly. 

A correctly designed fly leader transfers energy from the fly line to the fly in a predictable manner. The leader butt attaches directly to the fly line and must be of a diameter similar to the end of the fly line to transfer energy from the fly line to the rest of the leader smoothly. The graduated mid-section transfers the energy from the butt section to the leader's tippet. The butt and mid-section are designed as a delivery system for the tippet and fly. The tippet is the leader's single most important component. The tippet size and type are determined by the fish size and fishing conditions.  You will be a more successful angler with a working knowledge of leader design and application. With a knowledge of proper knots, a store of the proper materials and a blue print to work from,  you can build your own fly leaders to any configuration needed to catch any fish.   
          Fly leaders can be very specific to the angling quarry and situation.
      Here is a very simple hand-tied leader that works perfectly for winter steelhead.

Winter steelhead leader

This leader is specifically designed for catching steelhead with a sinking tip lines.  It is made from three sections of hard, abrasion resistant nylon such as Maxima.  The sections graduate from where the leader 

will be attached to the fly line down to where the fly will be attached.  Each section is a different diameter and will serve a specific purpose.  The formula 
for this leader is at right:

5' Leader for Steelhead
25 lb. Maxima = 15"
15 lb. Maxima = 15"
10 lb. Maxima = 30"

The length of this leader was chosen to give the fly maximum action and a practical amount of stealth to the angler.  A five foot long leader will hide the fly line tip from most bottom hugging steelhead in water which has 4'-5' visibility.  The leader is short enough so that a heavy sinking tip line can hold a very lightweight fly close to the bottom.    Normally a  leader of this short length will turn over a heavily weighted fly for all but the poorest casters.  So, you ask, why not just tie on a piece of ten pound tippet material to the end of the fly line? 

A straight small diameter mono tied directly to the end of fly line could transfer enough energy to turn over the fly, but not as well as a graduated one.  And you need a very strong attachment from the leader to the fly line. This is facilitated by attaching 15" of large diameter monofilament to the tip of the fly line.  Leaders of less than .020 diameter have proven unreliable when nail knotted to a fly line and fished for anadromous fish.  The 30" tippet section has been proven strong enough for most steelhead and pliable enough to allow medium size flies to move naturally in the water.  The 15" mid section facilitates attachment of the tippet and butt sections by providing an intermediate diameter which will allow very strong knots to be tied easily.

This simple tapered leader is practical and inexpensive for the winter steelhead angler to make.  You will need to carry several pre-tied leaders and a roll of tippet material while fishing.  As leaders get longer their design can become more complex.


Steelhead/Salmon Tapered Leader Formulas For: Maxima Leader
          04X 02X 01X 1X
  .024 .022 .020 .017 .015 .013 .012 .010
  40 lb. 30 lb. 25 lb. 20 lb. 15 lb. 12 lb. 10 lb. 8 lb.
4' 01X     12"   12"   24"  
5' 01X     15"   15"   30"  
6' 01X     24"   18"   30"  
10' 02X 38" 20" 14" 12' 12' 24"    
10' 01X   40" 32" 8" 8" 8" 24"  
10' 1X   40" 32" 6" 6" 6" 6" 24"
12' 02X 48" 22" 16" 15" 14" 29"    
12' 01X   46" 40" 10" 10" 9" 29"  
12' 1X   46 40' 7" 7" 7" 7" 30"
15' 02X 50" 32" 26" 18" 18" 36"    
15' 01X 50" 32" 26" 12" 12" 12" 36"  

Hook Sharpener made from Diamonds.
 Dr. Slick 4 inch Hook Sharpener These hook sharpeners are made from diamond grit embedded in stainless steel.  They need no maintenance and seem impervious to salt water.  They sharpen by removing metal and work equally well when stroked in any direction. An easily accessible hook sharpener is one of the 
most important tools in your arsenal.  Sharp hooks land a higher percentage of fish than dull ones.  A hook point is a cutting edge.  All cutting edges become dull with use.  Anglers who regularly inspect and maintain their hook points land more fish.  As a matter of efficiency, the sharpening tool must be easy and quick to use.  It must also be able to perform a variety of tasks and be able to reach all surfaces of the hook point. These Diamond Hones are the best hook sharpening tools we have found.  Each size has flat and grooved abrasive surfaces and a different texture on each side.  The 4" Sharpener has fine and medium grit and the 6" Sharpener has medium and heavy grit.  The 4" Sharpener is best suited for sharpening hook sizes #20 to #1.  The 6" Sharpener is best suited for sharpening hook sizes #4 to #10/0.  
These diamond hones will also sharpen knives and scissors and perform many other useful tasks.
Item Description Price To Top
DRSHOK-4 Dr. Slick 4 inch Diamond Hook Sharpener $10.95 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DRSHOK-6 Dr. Slick 6 inch Diamond Hook Sharpener $18.95 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Featured Customer: Eddie Shannagher
Eddie Shannagher  AKA: "The Crazy Irishman" fishes mostly Loughs (lakes to us) in Ireland. You can tell from the pictures that Ireland has some great lake fishing for brown trout. Lately Eddie is getting more interested in salt water fly fishing. Ireland has a long coast line, much of which is fly fisher friendly.  When Eddie is not busy fly fishing he plays a good bit of  the Irish national sport - HURLING. Our understanding is that Eddie is a top level player.  Beyond that, he brews a mean Blackberry Vodka that will keep you warm and toasty in the well known Irish rain and wind.
Irish saltwater fly fishing...
Eddie's boat for fishing loughs...
Eddie was one of our first internet customers and used to phone in orders from Ireland before our web site had a shopping cart. Thanks Eddie, we appreciate your business and your friendship!

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Tube Fly Tying Party is free...
Free Fly Tying Party
January 11 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sunday Afternoon. 
"Tying Tube Flies For Winter Steelhead"
Learn to tie: steelhead flies that really work!

Group Leaders:
Mark Bachmann: Simple Tube Flies
Josh Linn: Scandinavian Tube Flies
Brian Silvey: Tandem Tube Flies & Tube Snakes
This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV are free,
and all tying materials & hooks will be available at low cost.
A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided.
Learn to tie all the latest steelhead tube flies!
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.

Everyone is welcome!

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Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty