When this pursuit started back in October 2009, you remember that wonderful trip to the Deschutes, the so called guide said that you have to use "this" fly. Taken as gospel (the guys was a guide already) I fished "this" fly there and here. It looked something like this.
|Purple something or other|
I get back to Sacramento and attempt to fish this on the American and nothing. So I research and find out I should be fishing this:
|Egg Sucking Leech|
Years later (OK maybe two years) I stumble across an article that says you should fish Steelhead like Rainbow Trout because for all intents and purposes, they are the same fish. Spoons would be good, the article said and specifically a Little Cleo 3/4 oz. silver with a #2 Siwash hook. OK, off to Cabela's for (online) three ( I always do fishing stuff in 3's) 3/4 oz. silver Little Cleos and #2 Siwash Hooks.
|Little Cleo with #2 Siwash Hook|
I take my big Uglystik (7ft) with 8 lb. test and fling said Little Cleo. Nope.
Then a month or so I come across Ray, you remember Ray from the January 30th post and it's a San Juan Worm with an orange egg dropper. I've got this box of egg imitations and I put on the triple egg orange one. Good, got a couple of good hits. Now I'm on the right track.
Glenn goes down last Wednesday and comes back with the report that they are hitting on Caddis Emerger pattern. This is just one of the gazillion styles out there.
Sifting through my fly boxes (remember I'm still Entomology stupid) , I can't find anything that looks like a Caddis Emerger so I go back to the orange egg. When I get to the river yesterday there are about 15 guys covering all areas of the spot we usually fish. The only space available (and that's probably because that's where everybody crosses to the island [the spot on the right]) is here:
Not having a Caddis Emerger pattern, I fish my trusty orange egg. Down at the point on the right up there, this guy's is reeling them in one after another. Finally a spot clears on the opposite side of the river and I walk down there. I ask what he's catching them on and he says a Caddis Pupa. One of the gazillion patterns of Caddis Pupa.
Do I use a spinning rod (with silver Little Cleo)? Do I use a fly rod with intermediate sinking line to help get the fly to the bottom? Do I add a small split shot? Do I use a fly rod with floating line (what it seemed the guys were using yesterday). Do I use eggs, leechs, Wooly Buggers, Caddis Emergers, Caddis Pupa? I was lead to believe (from the "guide" up on the Deschutes) that wet flies were the only way to fish Steelhead.
"I'm so confused". That's from Vinnie Barberino on Welcome Back Kotter.
Not really, I just needed to whine a little. I plan on sitting at the Northern California Trout tying bench and see what I can come up with in a, something that looks like, Caddis Emerger and Pupa patterns and maybe give it a try next week. We are running out of Steelhead time.
They also consider the Zugbug as a Caddis Larvae pattern and I have some of those. We'll see. One last time this year.