Steelhead fly patterns for sale are as wide-ranging and diverse as Atlantic Salmon flies. In general terms Steelhead flies tend to be tied with brighter colours with purple being very successful. Spring and winter fishing will certainly require the bigger bold and brassy Intruder or Marabou style patterns however during the summer when there is good visibility this is the time to apply some more subtle flies such as the Lady Caroline or Jack Spratley. Our selection whilst not attempting to cover the almost infinite number of Steelhead patterns represents some of the most successful which will set you up nicely for any Steelhead fly-fishing trip.
Spey flies can be labeled as some of the most beautiful and rewarding fly patterns for both Salmon and Steelhead. Their heritage can be traced directly back to the Highlands of Scotland and the Atlantic Salmon patterns on which they were based. Typically used as summer flies fished with a floating line.
Fishing deep is often the most successful technique for Steelhead and for that you need look no further than the intruder series of flies. Extremely effective all year round and essential when the water is carrying some colour or you are fishing early or late season.
These can be divided into two categories: ‘searchers’ and ‘takers’. A Dry Fly can have a unique effect upon Steelhead in that they can evoke a positive and sometimes very aggressive response from what might be an otherwise dormant fish. ‘Searchers’ are the flies that are not only highly visual but will aggravate a Steelhead into moving at the fly whether in the form of a take or a boil, a Pinky being one of the favourites. If the fish shows on a searcher but does not take then switch flies and use a wet fly, a ‘taker’ such as a Black Magic or a Jack Spratley.