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When searching through these patterns remember to follow the old adage "Bright day, bright fly; dark day, dark fly." Since most summer steelheading is done in times of low light, dark patterns like the Green Butt Skunk, and Freight Train are good. Other popular flies for summer are the Purple Peril, Streetwalker, and the Skykomish Sunrise. Choose more subdued flies for lower, clearer water. As early fall approaches and rivers are getting murky due to a rain, large bright flies such as the Marabou flies, might be a good choice. Good Winter Steelhead patterns are flies like the Bunny Leeches, Marabou Flies and Egg Sucking Leeches, patterns with Flash and/or Silver added, Egg Patterns, and Patterns with Reds, Oranges, Yellows, and Bright Purples. If all else fails, go back to the basic blacks and whites. Steelhead will often nail a black bunny leech, marabou leech, or wooly bugger, when nothing else will work. Take a look at some of the traditional patterns, and don't rule Atlantic Salmon Flies. They are often deadly on Steelhead.

SkunkRed Butt SkunkGreen Butt Skunk Krystal Skunk
Prichard's Western AnglerGreen Butt Skunk Spey Umpqua Special Kalama Special
Patricia Mack's CanyonStreet Walker Silver Hilton
Al's SpecialUmpqua Red Brat Polar Shrimp Polar Shrimp Spey
Polar Shrimp, Haas Style Wing Frank's Fly Black Gordon

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