fly fishing
   Scott Thomas Thorpe




Tackle and Flies

Single handed fly rods for steelhead should be 9 ft to 10 ft, in 8 or 9 weight, with a floating line and spare sinktip and spare running line. A switch rod can be used for either indicator fishing or swinging and should be around 11 ft 6 inches to 12 ft for 350 to 500 grain skagit heads. These fish will fight furiously and often head back to Lake Superior and sometimes can't be followed. They need to be played hard and quickly, since all will be released. Leave your trout rod at home. For spring fishing on the Brule, various black and brown stoneflies in in sizes 2 thru 8 such a Superior X Legs or Kaufmann stone, caddis imitations in 10 thru 12, such as a pink squirrel, green caddis pupae, peeking stick caddis, and olive or brown wooly buggers in 4 thru 8. For fishing a swung fly, I like purple or black leeches, Feenstra style sculpins, olive or black wooly buggers and small intruder style steelhead flies. Bigger can be better, but I'll vary size and brightness with light and water conditions. Egg patterns are the standard chartreuse, orange and pale oranges, in size 4 thru 6, tied on a quality stout wire super sharp hook, such as a Gamakatsu.Smaller can be better. Leaders should taper to no less than 8 lb test, fluorocarbon is preferred.

  
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