Ten of the Best West Coast Steelhead Swinging Flies
There are thousands of wet steelhead fly patterns out there today, and every one of them will entice a steelhead to strike at some point in time and on some given river. We have always maintained that steelhead fly fishing is more about the fish than about the fly. Once an angler understands the rhythm and magic of anadromous salmonid migrations, and once an angler learns to read rivers that foster steelhead runs, and learns how to read tail, riffle, pool, run, and time of day, water temperature, turbidity, flow levels and light conditions on the water that influences steelhead to be where they are on a particular day in a particular year, and learns and lives the cycles of the seasons that influence their prey, and once the angler learns to present a steelhead fly in a manner that a steelhead in any given mood will approve of, only then is it time to worry about fly patterns. Until you have a few seasons on the river, a few basic steelhead flies that can be fished with confidence are a necessity. Isn't it comforting to know that these are patterns that have taken thousands of steelhead? Yes, there are dozens of other great patterns that could go on this list, but that's the beauty of fly fishing, isn't it!