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Pacific Steelhead Flies - Summer Run

Pacific Steelhead Flies - Summer Run

General Info:
Summer-run steelhead can be found up and down the west coast of the US, but their fortress is the mighty Columbia river and it's tributaries. Rivers like the Klickitat, Wind, Deschutes, Grande Ronde and Clearwater are home to the majority of the west's summer steelhead. These fish differ from their winter brethren in the type of flies that they hit. Summer fish are far more likely to move up near the surface to hit a small fly. Winter fish are unlikely to move that far; they usually require a sink tip and a big fly. Traditionally, summer steelhead are caught by swinging a small fly on a floating line. These are our best traditional summer steelhead patterns, tried and true, tested on the waters of the Columbia River tributaries by employees and customers alike.

Steelhead nymphs can be found on the Great Lakes steelhead page, and bigger swinging patterns can be found on the Winter Steelhead or Chinook Salmon page.
Preferred Gear
Rods: 6-7wt switch/spey rods as long as needed for river. Deschutes river, up to 13'6" rods are common. Most anglers would be fine in the Pacific Northwest with a 7wt switch rod between 11'-12'.
Reels: Large arbor, weighted and sized for longer rods.
Favorites: Orvis SSR, Big Y General,
Lines: Scandi style shooting heads are preferred throughout the summer season.
Favorites: RIO Scandi, RIO Scandi Short, Airflo Rage Compact

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    Assassin

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    Specialized in Northern California.  The pattern for this fly, originated by Dale Lackey around 1985.   Excellent for fishing California's Klamath...

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    Autumn Gold

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    A classic pattern for chasing salmon, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Has been known to catch it's fair share of steelhead. Great late su...

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    Babine Special

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    A classic pattern featuring two eggs, developed on the Babine River in British Columbia.  Home of perhaps the world's largest steelhead.  This p...

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    Babine Special Skunk

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    A classic pattern featuring two eggs, developed on the Babine River in British Columbia.  Home of perhaps the world's largest steelhead.  This p...

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    Bee Bomber

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    Waking flies such as this one are intended to ride on the surface and create enough fuss so that a summer steelhead will be goaded into a strike. ...

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    Bomber

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    Waking flies such as this one are intended to ride on the surface and create enough fuss so that a summer steelhead will be goaded into a strike. ...

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    Boss

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    Specialized in Northern California. For those day when a dark fly is the first choice, this pattern is heavy with enough color to incite strikes....

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    Brazilian - Solitude

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    A great fly to swing for Steelhead and Pacific Salmon! Classic Larimer pattern where the wing is tied behind that hackle to help prop it up. Oft...

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    Brindle Bug

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    The Brindle Bug was created by Lloyd Silvius in the 1960's on the Eel River. It has become very popular in Southern Oregon and California. Recent ...

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    Caballero

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    Originating in the Pacific Northwest for Steelhead. This older traditional styled pattern has been extremely successful for winter steelhead. Also...

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    Coal Car

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    A darker version of Randall Kaufmann's Freight train, the Coal Car is a great late day or overcast pattern.

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    Dean River Tiger - Solitude

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    A great fly to swing for Steelhead and Pacific Salmon! One of the most infamous steelhead patterns ever. A shop favorite for Oregon winter steelhe...

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    December Day - Solitude

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    A great fly to swing for Steelhead and Pacific Salmon! Desperate times call for desperate measure and when you are thinking of tying on a hair wi...

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    Deschutes Madness

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    An oldie but a goodie. Invented by Dave McNeese, for chasing steelhead, obviously a good pattern for the Deschutes along with many PNW Rivers with...

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    Egg-Sucking Bunny Leech

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    Egg sucking leeches are incredibly popular, particularly in the fall. This one uses zonker strips to make the leech. Nothing quite undulates und...

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    Foam October Caddis Skater - Umpqua

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    The Foam October Caddis Skater was originally designed for trout, but is also effective with steelhead. Cast up stream like you would a dry then al...

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    Freight Train

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    A popular summer steelie fly on the west coast. Designed by Randall Kaufmann a great bright day fly for fresh steelies!

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    Grande Ronde River Rat - Solitude

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    A great fly to swing for Steelhead and Pacific Salmon! Must have when fishing Columbia River Tributaries, particularly on the Grande Rhonde. Gre...

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    Green Butt Skunk

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    This pattern is in everyone's Top Ten Steelhead patterns. Originated to catch Salmon in Alaska, it is now popular from Alasaka to Argentina for Sa...

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    Green Butt Skunk Spey

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    The pattern that is in everyone's Top Ten Steelhead patterns, now tied with modern materials. Originated to catch Salmon in Alaska, it is now pop...

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    Green Lantern - Solitude

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    A great fly to swing for Steelhead and Pacific Salmon! Brightly colored making it a great summer fly, particularly under blown out condition. Tie...

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    Green Machine

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    Just maybe the most popular Atlantic Salmon pattern ever invented, by Warren Duncan. See the salmon or steelie chase your fly with this favorite s...

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