Steelhead Fly Patterns

"Steelhead", "Iron Head", or simply, "Steelie", by whatever name you know them, these are the most prized and sought-after North Pacific's gamefish. Elite bands of anglers the world over are drawn to Alaska, Southwestern Canada, and the Pacific Northwest in search of what many call the "Holy Grail" of flyfishing. And if you don't know why, then you've never caught a steelhead. We present here some of the best fly patterns to land one of the "Prince of Sportfish".

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'Lectric Leech

'Lectric Leech

All-black woolly buggers with blue Flashabou™ tied into the sides and tail. Big rainbow, silver salmon, and steelhead hit these hard! Popular Alaskan pattern on the Brooks, Kvichak, Newhalen, Naknek, Kenai, and Alagnak area rivers. Heavily weighted. 2x strong series 5263 nymph hook. Sizes: 2, 4, 6.
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Alaskan Omelette

Alaskan Omelette

A flesh and egg pattern developed by Mike Mercer of The Fly Shop in Redding, California, this pattern is deadly "good" all season long for rainbow and char. Used mostly on a sink-tip line, the movement of the marabou triggers attack mode from hungry trout. Order twice as many as you think you'll want. Why? Because you'll need 'em! Trout and Dollies hit these like crazy. Tied on a size 6, 2x-strong, Daiichi 1120 scud hook.
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Alaskan Zonker

Alaskan Zonker

Imitates the stickleback minnow, early-season smolt, or any variety of forage fish, including the Great Lakes alewife, chief food source of the Great Lakes salmon. Useful all season. White and Natural Gray are particularly good on the Kenai River. Weighted, 3x strong series 9395 hook. 4-inch length. Size: 4. Colors: White, Natural Gray, Olive, Blue Smolt, Purple, Black.
$2.75
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Battle Creek Special

Battle Creek Special

An attractor pattern useful when you need to cover a lot of water. Highly visible pattern even under high water conditions. Excellent late season flesh/egg pattern. Good for rainbow, steelhead, char, silver, king, and sockeye salmon. Weighted. Series 5263 nymph hook. Sizes: 2, 4, 6 only.
$2.50
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Bead Head Two-Toned Woolly Bugger

Bead Head Two-Toned Woolly Bugger

This version of the egg-sucking leech has been knocking out steelhead, Dolly Varden, rainbow, New England brook trout, and grayling all over Alaska, the Great Lakes feeder streams, and New England and Eastern Canada as far north as you can find brookies. Tied skinny with white on the bottom and a color top, this fly imitates sculpin, a main food source for all predatory species. Black is one of the top flies for steelies on Chautauqua Creek, Canadaway Creek, Cattaraugus Creek in NY. Also a top fly for the Schoolhouse and Black Hole on the Pulaski, NY Salmon River (where the world record silver salmon was caught). Great reports out of Maine for Brook trout as well! 2x strong series 5263 nymph hook. Size: 4. Colors: Olive/White, Purple/White, Black/Chartreuse.
$2.25
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Bead Sucking Cone Head Leech, Size 2

Bead Sucking Cone Head Leech, Size 2

An original pattern we developed, this is the latest twist on what is probably the most famous fly pattern used in Alaska. The cone head provides weight and a most enticing action to the fly. Our #1 seller!! The color beads actually emit a phosphorescent glow when charged by a flashlight, sunlight, or camera strobe. This feature increases the effectiveness of the fly during periods of reduced visibility and high glacial silt, and the extra energy emitted is detected by trout and salmon even in full daylight. Great pattern for kings, silvers, rainbow and steelhead. Fantastic results reported using the Black/Glo Orange (aka the Halloween Fly) for late season silver (coho) salmon and giant rainbow on the Kenai, Lake Creek, Naknek, Talkeetna, Susitna, Chulitna, Nushagak, Alagnak, Goodnews, Copper, Kvichak, and Togiak rivers, and for kings under low water conditions. Tied on 2x-strong Daiichi 2220 streamer hook. Size: 2 only. Colors: Purple/Glo Pink, Black/Glo Orange, Black/Glo Green, Chartreuse/Glo Green, Fuchsia/Glo Pink, White/Glo Pink.
$2.75
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Bead Sucking Cone Head Leech, Size 4

Bead Sucking Cone Head Leech, Size 4

Popular demand has led us to offer the famous Bead-Sucking Cone Head Leech in a size 4 hook. Great pattern for silvers, rainbow, Dolly Varden, charr, and steelhead. Fantastic results reported on the Kenai, Lake Creek, Naknek, Talkeetna, Susitna, Chulitna, Nushagak, Alagnak, Goodnews, Copper, Kvichak, and Togiak river systems. Tied on 2x-strong Daiichi 2220 streamer hook. Size: 4 only. Colors: Black/Glo Orange, Purple/Glo Pink.
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Chosen River Eggo

Chosen River Eggo

Dolly Varden and rainbow trout will be saying "leggo my Eggo!!" but you won't!! This heavily-weighted egg pattern is just what you need in fast-water streams. Fluorescent orange egg with white marabou and a bit of pearl flash. Weighted with 0.035 lead wire on a 2x-strong Daiichi 1530 nymph hook. Size: 4.
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Cone Head Articulated Leech

Cone Head Articulated Leech

Deadly fly pattern for large rainbow, steelhead, and salmon on Bristol Bay streams and southwestern Alaska. Rabbit strip leech pattern with an articulated hinge giving unbelievable action. Must have Alaskan fly fishing fly pattern on the Naknek, Alagnak, and Kanektok Rivers. Tungsten cone head. Daiichi 2441 salmon hook. Size: 2. Colors: Hot Pink, Chartreuse, Black, Purple, White, Fl. Orange, Fuchsia (not shown).
$3.50
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Cone Head Battle Creek Special

Cone Head Battle Creek Special

The perfect searching pattern, especially on fast moving streams. Front weighted like a jig and thus highly effective. Can be fished as a streamer cross current or allowed to roll on the bottom like a nymph. Highly visible pattern even under roiled water conditions. Great early season pattern for probing unfamiliar waters or excellent late season flesh/egg pattern. Good for rainbow, steelhead, char, silver, king, and sockeye salmon. 2x strong Daiichi streamer hook. Sizes: 4, 2.
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Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy is the legendary "yarn fly" for Alaskan trout and one of the best-kept "secret lodge flies". This yarn-winged flesh and egg pattern is fantastic and works all season! Looks like a glob of milt-covered salmon eggs or a tasty bite of salmon flesh. The Peach and White colors represent washed out salmon flesh or dead eggs, two of the favorite monster trout meals. The yarn wing assists anglers by allowing more time to set the hook as the fish's teeth get hung up in the yarn. Rainbow hit these hard and the more chewed-up they get, the better they work! Some lodges use more than 300 dozen of these per season. Unweighted on a heavy-duty 2X strong series 5262 nymph hook. Size: 6 only. Colors (body chenille/tail & wing): Shell Pink/Champagne, Fl. White/Peachy King, Peach/Champagne, Fl. Orange/White.
$1.75
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Dolly Dynamite

Dolly Dynamite

An attractor pattern developed by Alaska's Pudge Kleinkauf for Dollies on the Nushagak River, but works everywhere. This fly consistently out-fishes many other egg patterns, especially for Dollies. The key is the red and orange combination. Tied on a red octopus hook with Fl. Orange chenille and lots of rainbow Krystal Flash. Weighted with .025 lead wire. Size: 6.
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Egg Sucking Bunny Leech

Egg Sucking Bunny Leech

Called the "Alaskan Express Fly" by some, these fill the bill for a pattern smaller than our Bead-Sucking Cone Head Leech. Weighted. Daiichi 2220 nymph hook. Sizes: 4, only. Colors: Purple/Shell Pink Egg, Black/Shell Pink Egg.
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Egg Sucking Leech

Egg Sucking Leech

The original number one Alaskan pattern that works for all species. If you are heading to Alaska, or just want to catch fish anywhere, pack a bunch of these! The ESL will catch everything from grayling to rainbow to salmon and everything in between. Highly recommended. Weighted Daiichi 2220 hook. Sizes: 4, 6 only. Colors: Purple/Shell Pink Egg, Black/Shell Pink Egg.
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Green Butt Skunk

Green Butt Skunk

A variation of a classic West Coast steelhead pattern that does famously well on Alaskan steelhead. Many anglers believe this version is even more effective than the original black & white Skunk. Must be something about that touch of green. If you could only have one fly for steelhead, this would be our choice. Tied on a 1x-strong Daiichi 2441 or Tiemco 7999 salmon hook. Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8.
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Katmai Leech

Katmai Leech

This white pattern rarely fails to interest rainbow after they have refused standard sculpin imitations. Tied weighted, zonker-style, on a Daiichi 2340 hook. White rabbit strip over a pearl cactus chenille body, orange rubber legs, and a shell pink chenille egg. This fly was featured in Fish Alaska Magazine. Size: 4.
$3.00
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Lead-Eye Pinkie

Lead-Eye Pinkie

Small, heavy and deadly. This egg pattern is a must-have on Alaska's southwestern rivers for rainbow, dollies, and grayling. Available in two great colors. 2x strong Daiichi 1650 egg hook. Size: 8. Colors: Fl. Orange, Shell Pink.
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Orange Comet

Orange Comet

Quick sinking pattern best used in fast or deep water. Great pattern for steelhead, rainbow, sockeye, Dollies, and pink salmon. Bead chain eyes for weight. 2X strong nymph hook. Size: 4.
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Polar Shrimp

Polar Shrimp

A Pacific Northwest steelhead standard that has also become one of the most productive Alaska trout and char patterns. A favorite of flyfishers all over Alaska for steelhead, coho, and pink salmon too. Tied on a 1x-strong Daiichi 2441 or Tiemco 7999 salmon hook. Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8.
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Purple Peril

Purple Peril

The classic Pacific Northwest steelhead pattern. Alaska has more than 360 streams that support wild native steelhead and they all seem to have a liking for purple. Tied on a 1x-strong Daiichi 2441 or Tiemco 7999 salmon hook. Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8.
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Skykomish Sunrise

Skykomish Sunrise

Named for the Skykomish River in Washington State, this famous Northwest pattern produces great results on Alaska steelhead, rainbow, char, grayling, and salmon. Terrific all-around attractor pattern. Tied on a 1x-strong Daiichi 2441 or Tiemco 7999 salmon hook. Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8.
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Steelhead Bomber

Steelhead Bomber

Fantastic "mouse" pattern. Spun deer hair body palmered with grizzly hackle and white calf tail ends. This pattern floats like a cork all day long. Chug it along the stream bank, across the current, or along weed lines in lakes, and be ready for some explosive fun. A Bomber is rarely taken in a timid manner. Excellent pattern for steelhead, silvers, rainbow, and pike. 2X strong nymph hook. Sizes: 4, 6.
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Trout Bead Eggs, 6mm

Trout Bead Eggs, 6mm

The hottest egg pattern that everyone has been asking for. Looks like a real sockeye egg. Fifty (50) 6mm beads sold loose with a half-dozen (6) 2x-strong, Daiichi 1650 egg hooks (please indicate size 6 or 8 or 10), and instructions for rigging in the Alaskan drag method. Our competitors charge you more, give you less beads, and give you NO hooks! Our color code is followed by the equivalent Glo-BugĀ® yarn color. The glow colors can be activated with a flashlight or camera strobe to drive fish crazy, even in daylight! Hook Sizes: 6, 8, 10. Colors: Fl. Flame (Flame), Fl. Orange (Dark Roe), Glow Orange (Sockeye), Peach (Pink Lady), Glow Pink (Cherise).
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Trout Bead Eggs, 8mm (NEW)

Trout Bead Eggs, 8mm (NEW)

The hottest egg pattern that everyone has been asking for. Looks like real salmon eggs. These size 8mm bead eggs better imitate the eggs of the larger salmon like king, chum, and silver. Fifty (50) 8mm beads sold loose with a half-dozen (6) 2x-strong, Daiichi 1650 egg hooks (please indicate hook size 6 or 8 or 10), and instructions for rigging in the Alaskan drag method. Our competitors charge you more, give you less beads, and give you NO hooks! Hook Sizes: 6, 8, 10. Colors: Clown Mix, Peach Pink, Orange, Pink Champagne, Red.
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Waller Waker

Waller Waker

Need a top water model that pushes the most water? Great fly for Alaskan rainbow, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and silvers. The Waller series of flies are very popular from Washington to British Columbia to Alaska and Russia. This is the original waking pattern. Black Mustad Signature 80500 up-eyed salmon hook. Size: 4.
$1.95
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Wallerbee

Wallerbee

Just as popular as the Waller Waker, this high-floating waking fly is a favorite of steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishermen. The black and orange color is perfect for late season. Some call it the "Halloween fly". Black Mustad Signature 80500 up-eyed salmon hook. Size: 6.
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Wiggle Tail

Wiggle Tail

Ron Hyde created this attractor egg pattern that is popular on the Goodnews River and other western Alaska streams. Works for rainbow, Dolly Varden, all salmon, and grayling. Unweighted on a 2x-strong series 5263 nymph hook. Size: 4. Colors: Orange/Orange, Pink/White.
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