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Catching a steelhead on a dry fly in the East is rare enough that
many anglers probably think we are losing our minds having a
section for it. It certainly isn't common and in many streams that
have steelhead, it's probably very rare.
During the Summer, steelhead sometimes hold in pools during
periods of low water. During this time, not only can they be taken
by swinging traditional wet flies, they sometimes will hit a dry fly
that's passes over their lie. Some of these flies are half wet and
half dry, and by that I mean a dry fly that's allowed o sink just
under  or flush with the surface. These flies are usually tied
using deer hair for their heads and/or wings, such that they ride
just under the surface or in the surface skim. Examples of these
are Muddler Minnows and the Grease Liner.  
Surface, or dry flies, should be fished when the river holding
steelhead is very low and clear. This puts the fish in the pools
where they will sometimes ambush flies coming near them. It's
thought that the steelhead attack the flies as an instinctive
reaction type of strike, rather than to feed.
The flies should be fished down and across, on the swing just
like you fish a wet fly. Keep in mind that steelhead holding in
deep water will usually not rise to these flies. The best situation
is where they are holding in the tail outs of the pools near or
behind a  boulder in shallow water.
MacIntosh
Black Grease Liner
Orange Grease Liner
Muddler Minnow
Steelhead Bee
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Indicates a fly commonly used on both Pacific
and Great Lakes tributary streams
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