Tying Steelhead Flies That Work, The Sid Fishious

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Chromer Photo by Louis Cahill

 Tying steelhead flies can be a bit mystifying.

If you’ve been tying trout flies for a while and are just getting started on steelhead flies there are some important differences.

I know that my first steelhead flies were way too heavy and the hook was all wrong. They looked great but they were a pain to fish and my hookup ratio was poor. Getting the right profile, weight and hook placement is easy once you learn a few simple tricks.

Healthy dubbing balls help boost your profile and insure great action. Interchangeable trailing hooks make a huge difference. Winter steelhead will frequently just nip at a fly’s tail. Having a sharp trailing hook is important and being able to change that hook if it becomes damaged really extends the life of your fly.

Possibly the funnest part of tying steelhead flies are all the great colors you get to play with, and isn’t that what every tyer is really looking for, an excuse to buy more cool tying material?

No body ties better steelhead flies than Jeff Hickman. In this video he ties a pattern he originated for Idylwild Flies, The Sid Fishious. It’s a great fly and the techniques that Jeff uses can greatly improve your steelhead flies.


Louis Cahill
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2 thoughts on “Tying Steelhead Flies That Work, The Sid Fishious

  1. Yes indeed, here in the pacific northwest these two colors are very popular and productive in high water conditions and infact low water as well just in smaller patterns at low water times. I hope he survived the fishing the next day with the bandaged finger!

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