This page features our best steelhead fly patterns. These links take you to a page with a YouTube fly tying videos demonstrating how to tie the fly, a high resolution image of the finished steelhead fly, and a fly pattern recipe. Click on the steelhead fly pattern link (not the photo!).
Tube Fly Patterns, Leeches, Intruders
Steelhead love big slimy, articulated, freaky, purplish, feathery weird creeps. Tie some, and hang on.
Sculpin Bunny Intruder
Freckled Marabou Tube
Steak and Eggs
Senyo’s Slim Shady
Senyo’s Artificial Intelligence
Senyo’s Dr. Feelgood
Sylvie’s Tandem Tube
Stickel’s Solar Flare
Tri-color steelhead tube
Barred-rabbit strip tube fly
Articulated Starlight Leech
Hot head summer tube fly
Hickman’s Flash Taco
Barrett’s Egg-sucking Tarantula
Pro Tube Spey Prawn
Pro Tube Bunny Leech
Copper Miner Tube Fly
Blue Hoochie: Inspired by Howell’s Prom Dress
Pro Tube Green Butt Skunk
Pro Tube Winter’s Hope
Marabou Tube Fly
Tony’s Shrimpinator Tube Fly
Tony’s Coppinator Tube Fly
Steelhead Zonker Leech
Purple Tube Leech
Tony’s Temple Tube
Steelhead Wooly Bugger
Jay’s Shorty dubbed head egg-sucking leech
Traditional style steelhead flies:
These are unweighted, typically summer steelhead fly patterns, used in Oregon’s great summer steelhead waters like the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Deschutes Rivers.
Steelhead Muddler Minnow
Spey Iron: Flame Boss
Silver Hilton Spider
Anadromous Royal Coachman
Green Butt Skunk
Steelhead October Caddis Wet
Micro Polar Peril
Super Polar Shrimp
Brad’s Brat (Winter)
Purple Slip Knot
Foam Top Steelhead Skater
Jay’s Steelhead Simplicity
Cummings Steelhead Pattern
Dec Hogan Summer Bug
Alec Jackson Spade Skunk
Sparse Muddler Minnow
Jay Nicholas’ Summer Steelhead fly
Jay Nicholas’ Summer Steelhead Chenille
Purple Western Soft Hackle
Syd Glasso Quillayute
Steelhead Egg Patterns, Dead Drift Flies:
For when swinging just doesn’t work. Or when you’re just feeling dirty. Get out the Bobbinator and lay some winter steelhead waste with these beauties.
The Real Deal
Pearly Pink Egg Dart
Jay’s Best Steelhead Egg Ever
Low water wiggle egg
Frizzle Chenille Steelhead Prawn
UV Yarn Steelhead Egg Pattern
Steelhead Ugly Bug
Winter Steelhead Cocktail Shrimp
The Lowly Glowly
Marabou Steelhead Jig
Parachute Egg Cluster
Hidden Bead Steelhead Jig
Hot legs steelhead Nymph
Jay’s Total Domination Steelhead Egg
I line in Michigan and we are hoping for some rain soon to get the steelhead running. I will try out some of these patterns and hope they work well for the Great Lakes Steelies!!!
‘m looking for some help tying some steelhead fly’s for the clearwater and salmon river’s of Idaho. I’d appreciate some help with pattern’s and tying techniques. Thank’s.
I would appreciate some suggestion’s with fly pattern’s for the clearwater and salmon river’s of Idaho.
Like to see Pick yer Pocket pattern instructions/video.
Good job on the intruder!
A tutorial/vedio of “Morrish’s Deep October Caddis” would be great!
Would like to see tutorial on “morrish’s medusa”!!! The popsicle version. Keep up the good work on you tube Jay!
My daughter wants to comment…
I like your beautiful flies, they are colorful.
Neva /Age 6
Any chance on a vid of how to tie a Pic Yer Pocket?
Thanks for updating the patterns-especially since it’s the beginning of winter steelhead.
Great collection of Steelhead Flies! “The Best” — Alaska to Idaho, Michigan to the Northwest!
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I was hoping to now what flies where good for the Clearwater river and the little salmon please let me know.
Please email any information on what is available in the Necanicum River at Seaside OR in the middle of July.
The short answer is not much. July is mostly for sea run cutthroat and good action depends on cool or foggy day to cool the water. Fall chinook show up in September and October, followed by winter steelhead. A few summer Chinook are in the Nehalem estuary but this is a complicated and challenging fly fishery. Dory based fly fishing charters are available in Pacific City via Pacific City Fly Fishing (google search to find John and Jack Harrell). A few charter boats out of Astoria might accept fly anglers for Albacore but these are mostly bait and lure fishing trips. JN