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Thread: Flies for Half-pounders on the Lower American R ?

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    Default Flies for Half-pounders on the Lower American R ?

    What is your favorite?

    Over the past several decades I usually ask anyone who seems to be catching Half-pounder Steelhead, "What fly are you using?"

    I would say flies that are size #8, 10 and 12 are best.....

    Here are some of the ones people use:

    Renegade
    Brindle Bug
    Green/olive Caddis Pupa
    Any #10/12 trout nymph
    Red Squirrel nymph
    Any small Steelhead fly
    Any soft hackle fly
    Wooley Bugger

    What is your favorite fly for Half-pounder Steelhead on the Lower American River?

    Pattern and size.......we can show pictures of special flies too.

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    Default Olive Fox Poopah

    I like these, tied on a size 10 hook. I've hooked several fish dangling them downstream as a I wade across the river. Bonus
    Greg

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    Talking Half Pounders

    A size #10 Partridge and Green Soft Hackle on a 6wt. Spey.
    "God grant me the serenity to accept the size of fish that I catch, the courage not to fib about it, and the wisdom to know that no one would believe me any way".

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    Hands down.......the Dirty Bird. I changed the original a tad and now call it the Dirty Bastard. However, my so-called "friend" Jeff Ching, ripped off my pattern and hails it as the Swingin' Ching.

    Anyway.....it was definitely the go-to on the A for me when I lived in Sactown. 2nd place is a good old woolybugger.

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