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Which dry flies work best for summer steelhead on the Deschutes River?

While the videos provided focus primarily on bait and lure fishing for steelhead, I can certainly share some insights on fly fishing for summer steelhead on the Deschutes River. Dry fly fishing for steelhead can be incredibly exciting, and there are a few patterns that tend to be effective on the Deschutes during the summer months.

  1. Skating Flies: These are designed to skate across the surface of the water, creating a V-wake that can entice aggressive steelhead to strike. Popular patterns include the Bomber, Waller Waker, and Muddler Minnow.

  2. Traditional Dry Flies: Classic patterns like the Adams, Royal Wulff, and Elk Hair Caddis can sometimes draw strikes from steelhead, especially in the evenings or when insects are actively hatching.

  3. Foam Patterns: Flies like the Chernobyl Ant and various foam-bodied stonefly imitations can be effective, particularly in the faster riffles and pocket water where steelhead might be looking up for large terrestrials or stoneflies.

Remember, the key to successful dry fly fishing for steelhead is often presentation. Make sure your casts are delicate, your flies land softly on the water, and you're mending your line to achieve a natural drift. Also, be prepared to cover a lot of water and make numerous casts, as steelhead can be quite selective and sometimes it takes just the right drift over a fish to elicit a strike.

If you're new to fly fishing or targeting steelhead on the Deschutes, it might be helpful to connect with a local fly shop or guide who can provide real-time advice on what's working best. They often have the most up-to-date information on river conditions and hatch activity, which can greatly influence your success with dry flies.

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You NEED These Baits For Steelhead! by Fisherman's Warehouse what's up everyone Austin Wilson here and uh we're gonna we're gonna talk about steelhead fishing so steelhead fishing is one of my favorite species of fish for I absolutely love steelhead it's pretty much a sea run rainbow they're they're very acrobatic they're very they're a very hard fighting fish um they're very fun but they're a very tricky fish to catch too so uh it's kind of a challenge what I really like to do is I'm I'm in a drift boat you can't fish for for these fish from the shore it's just a little bit more work you needed covering water walking down the bank and and whatnot but the one technique that I absolutely love is plug fishing most time I'm fishing a maglip either a 3.0 or a 3.5 and the 3.5 is more for my I guess wintertime steelhead I like the the 3.5 is a little bit bigger presentation I'm fishing for a little bit bigger fish so I want a little bit bigger bait um in the summertime like right now I like the 3.0 it seems to be a great size for the smaller the smaller steelhead colors wise I really like Chrome uh and blue and Chrome uh it seems to work really well in in this the clear uh fast water and you know if I have any kind of overcast I I switch over to Gold so I have a green
You NEED These Baits For Steelhead! by Fisherman's Warehouse smaller fish obviously you want to downsize if there's a little bit bigger fish you can up up uh up size and go a little bit bigger but it seems like the one-third is a really good size for catching bigger fish and smaller fish at least in our Rivers down here um and a lot of times I'm taking the trouble look off this bait and I'm putting a single gamagatsu sidewash hook on there um it seems like a sticks fish and I'm able to land a lot more fish with that sidewash so these are the two baits if you're fishing from the shore they're great you can pretty much throw them out there and you're gonna let it kind of pendulum down you're letting the current kind of make that bait flutter and you're working it down river um and a lot of times when it fishes around same thing with those maglips they're just gonna they're gonna smash it and it's gonna be a fun bite another bait that I don't have in front of me right now for the summertime fish is a night crawler these summertime fish love a night crawler and I'm pretty much either on the bank bouncing it down with a little leader and a pretty much a slinky and I'm bouncing it down in the riffles uh with a night like I said Nightcrawler they love them or I'm in
You NEED These Baits For Steelhead! by Fisherman's Warehouse there's no really seam lines or hard you know current breaks or something like that I just I kind of just uh typewriter so I'm going back and forth and I'm slowly going down river just keeping those plugs still working but they're slowly going back and so that plug is going to eventually run into a fish and the fish you know it seems like they've never seen it before and they come up and just smash it and it's in the rod holding the rod holder just doubles over and you know you're screaming at your buddy to grab that Rod to get it and the fish are getting airborne and it's just a blast um but another way so say if you didn't you weren't in a boat um it's a great way to catch them is a little Cleo the little Clio is a is an awesome bait um it's great for for fishing rivers and I use two colors for the most part when I'm fishing these rivers and it's the same as you know the the maglips I use the the silver for the Chrome or the gold you know the gold on overcast days and the silver on bright sunny days so uh these two baits these this these two sizes are one you know one third ounce you can go to a you know you can go bigger or smaller it depends on your size class fish if you're fishing
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