There are many choices when it comes to what flies you use for steelhead fishing. Some are BC originals, while others have been modified from classic salmon patterns. There are also some that have been introduced from other countries. All of these options represent innovative approaches to solving the steelhead rise problem.
Fly fishing for steelhead requires a different approach than other types of fishing. Steelhead don’t actively chase food, so you’ll need to use different tactics and gear. Since steelhead typically move slowly in colder water, casting your fly several inches above the water surface will increase your chances of hooking one. You should also use floatant to keep the fly floating.
If you’re fishing in high-water conditions, consider fishing a Red/Black Skagit Minnow or a Pink/Blue Skagit Minnow. These are great patterns to fish with and they are especially effective in the first and last light. If you’re fishing in a lake or stream, you might also try a Polar Shrimp. This fly has been around since the 1930s and has been very effective.
Steelhead often eat a variety of foods, so the best choice of fly is one that mimics their diet. Egg patterns are especially effective and often catch fish during hatches. These imitations are made using peachy yarn and a milky white vail over the edge. You should tie this fly on a size 10 hook.