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Serge Mrkobrada

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I mostly use this one on the Bow river swinging for trout, but could perhaps work for steelhead in low water. 

I rig it with a free swinging hook set up. 

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Rob Wennersten

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very excellent!  think I will try that this spring, thanks
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Interesting pattern. Is that spun deer hair behind the turbo cone? In shades of brown and grey, that would be a killer sculpin pattern on my local trout streams.

I also would not hesitate to swing that for steelhead. A bit bulky for summer/early fall, but would fish great here in the winter.

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Thanks for the kind words Rob 😉 Give it a shot, it is not hard to tie and works well...

AJ - excellent eye, that is spun deer hair behind the turbo cone. The turbo cone and deer hair give this fly a pretty good profile, especially for fishing at night.... there are a lot of leeches in the Bow, and I think it makes a pretty good imitation. The trout seem to like it 😉

For summer/early fall steelhead, would you go down in size or more sparse? In water, it loses about 30-40% of bulk...
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I wonder what it is about Alberta and leeches... I've never fished or canoed a body of water in that province that didn't have abundant populations. Honeymoon Lake in Jasper Park was a real eye-opener!

It's hard to gauge without fishing it, but for winter fishing on my river, I'd happily use that pattern just as it is. For summer/fall fishing, I'd likely go a bit smaller and sparser. I routinely take steelhead in the summer on very sparse hairwings tied on #9 Alec Jacksons. On the other hand, it would be extremely interesting to see how that fly performed in some of the really fast, bouldery riffles.

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I know, right....what is with all the leeches in Alberta? When I first moved here I was surprised as well...

Never did see a leech with JC eyes, but I think it looks cool...


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