Fly Fishing and Fly tying Tips

September 21, 2018

Picking the best saltwater flies for where you are planning to fish

If you are looking for a reason to buy more flies, this might be your ticket. When you are planning a fishing trip or when you are filling your fly box, it would be my recommendation to purchase or tie flies for every water column (top, middle and bottom). In this case, we will be metaphorically filling a box for a fishing trip for the East coast redfish or their larger Gulf Coast brother the bullred. We will start from the top water and work our way down.
Top Water:
When the time is right and you need to make a big splash or draw the big fish up to the surface, poppers are a great option. The foam head will keep the fly on the water's surface and the bright colors and movement of the material will entice those big fish up from the depths where they are hiding. We have the large double barrel poppers and our big head poppers that will really move water when you need them to. A strip- strip- pause- strip - strip movement will get the waves going and catch the attention of those big bull reds hiding in the muddy water.  (If you just want a nice pack of the poppers, that is a great option too. We can help!)
Top Water Flies
Middle water:
This column could be broken up into two sections, if need be. Weighted verses non weighted. There are the non weighted flies that will mimic small mullet, pinfish, croaker or general baitfish. Our top preforming flies (and most popular) include our baitfish, foxy ladies (there are two options of the foxy ladies- one is a bit curvier than the other and better for going after bigger fish- notice the size), creamsicles or our custom spoon flies that will sit a bit below the water's surface.
Mid Water Saltwater Flies

You also have the weighted flies, these guys are fatties and might work your arm a bit more but they also make a killer splash and will defiantly get those salty fish worked up. These guys are big and swim well with their zonker or craft fur tails  but because they have weighted dumb bell eyes, they sit deeper in the water column. These guys will be the flies that you will want to keep moving to give them motion without having them hitting the ocean floor like the crabs we will talk about in just a minute. For the middle/lower water column fishing along the coast we have plenty of fan favorites that we highly recommend. We have The Heavy Classic, The Booger Sugar (weird ass name but it does the trick), Tiger Bomb, tarpon toads... the list literally goes on and on- Best bet is to check out our Saltwater Fly section!
What the dumbbell eye weight does for the fly? Well, depending on the size weight you select, will indicate the rate of speed it will sink. The heavy weight, will naturally cause the fly to sink quicker than if you select the "light" weight for your fly! We just want to point that out to make life a little easier for you!
Selecting Saltwater Flies for the Middle of the water column

One of our recommendations is the Flashing Bunny : When you are in muddy or stained water, a darker bodied fly with a bright tail is a great option that many anglers go for.
The Bottom Floor:
Again, our example is with the very popular Gulf Coast Bullreds or Smaller but baller east coast Redfish. However, the principals apply to just about any species. The Reds prefer and naturally love to root around the sandy ocean floor looking for shellfish like crabs, oysters, or shrimp. So, it will be in your best interest to have some flies in your box that are weighted. This is important because you will want them to sink to the bottom and grab the attention of those rooting redfish. (Keep an eye on weed guards, if the fly is weighted, it will sink so if you tend to throw into brush or vegetation, you might want to have weed guards added to your fly to decrease the risk of getting snagged.  We tie majority of our flies so it swims hook point up which is meant to help decrease the risk of getting snagged compared to hook point down. Now, this isn't fail proof but it is our special way to help you keep your fancy flies a little longer.) When you are looking for flies to "fit the bill" for the bottom of the water column when fishing for reds, I would recommend a few!
The Classic Blue Crab (Redfish love snacking on little blue crabs) or any of our crabs // We also have a great selection of Shrimp too! One of our first saltwater flies was the Classic Shrimp and it is a great option for you!
Bottom water Saltwater Flies
If you read nothing at all, just pay attention to the material the fly is made with. Foam will help it float, small flat eyes do not help the fly sink like dumbbell eyes, the density of material will cause the fly to be heavier to cast and probably will sink a bit. Just keep an eye on the materials and go with your gut. 99% of the time, I am picking flies because I think they are cool looking and I hope the fish will agree with me when they eat them.
If you have any questions or need any recommendations, let us know!
As always,
Tight Lines!

 

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September 13, 2018

What is Inside a Custom Fly Box?

What's inside a Steelie Bros Fly Combo Box

Selecting Custom Fly Fishing Fly Boxes for your next fishing trip has never been easier. Pick your species, your size or budget and let our team craft custom flies for you! Our flies are durable, hefty and hand tied for each box so now boxes will ever be the exact same!

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September 06, 2018

Tips to get your girlfriend to go fishing with you

How to get your girlfriend to fish with you

A few tips to help you have a successful fishing trip with that special lady in your life. Six easy guide lines to help you transform her into fishing partner.  Each of the tips are designs to help you create a life with more fishing!

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September 04, 2018

Custom Tied Flies Above All Else

Hand Tied Fresh and Salt water Fly Fishing Flies

We want to help you when you are filling your fly box to make sure you are selecting top of the line flies created and crafted by fishermen for fishermen. Details as to why buying from a independent fly tying company verses the large sport and game shops might be worth it's weight in gold. From fresh water bass packs to monster salt water flies, Steelie Bros has your back.

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October 25, 2017

Preparing and taking care of your saltwater flies

Preparing and taking care of your saltwater flies

We do our best to ensure the longevity of your flies, but however some things are just out of our hands. We understand that you have invested some serious money into our flies so here are a few tips for preserving the color of your flies as well as the hooks.

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March 20, 2017

The Redfish Bug

The Redfish Bug

Fly fishing for redfish is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Tides, weather, clouds, water clarity, air pressure, moon cycle, wind direction, sometimes it seems as if all these factors play into if you will catch a redfish on the fly or not

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December 06, 2016

A Sneaky Trick to add Noise to your Flies

A Sneaky Trick to add Noise to your Flies

There are a few ways to add noise to a fly to imitate a rattle that you would hear in a crank bait. But most of them are clunky cumbersome and just down right inconvenient.

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July 06, 2016

The Ultimate Warm Water Fly

The Ultimate Warm Water Fly

Shhhhhhhh! Don't tell your buddies when you get a few of these in your box, just go to your favorite honey hole tie one on and get ready for mayhem! This fly out fishes almost everything even bait! This fly is simplistic in design and that's what you want.

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July 06, 2016

Gulf Coast Redfish Flies

Gulf Coast Redfish Flies

So you're doing it, you're going after the big boys in the Gulf. Of course you are going to get you fly box in order before your trip down so let us point out some key factors in selecting your flies.

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January 27, 2016

Improving your fly patterns

Improving your fly patterns

After a year now my brain has got to working and I wanted to add more to the fly. There was nothing wrong with my original blue crab fly pattern, it caught numerous customers numerous redfish. However with the introduction of new materials and ideas in my repertoires I knew I could add more movement and durability to the fly.

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December 09, 2015

The 2015 WNC Fly Expo

The 2015 WNC Fly Expo

Okay so I think our heads have stopped spinning. The 2015 WNC Fly Expo is over, and what a weekend! Any exhibitor can tell you the planning and anxiety going into a show is always way more than ever needed. But the show went off without a hitch, and we were able to meet many great new faces and of course get our flies into the hands of some eager fishermen

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December 01, 2015

The Clouser minnow and its forgotten powers.

The Clouser minnow and its forgotten powers.

Fly fishing and fly tying has greatly advanced in that past few years. New fly tying materials have opened the door for fly tiers to take their imaginations to the next level. Fly tiers have taken on a Dr. Frankenstein role when creating these new flies, rubber fins sutured onto the skeleton of multiple hook shanks followed by a mix of body fibers and UV flash all capped by a fish skull to give you the bait fish of your dreams. I am not here today to discuss the validity of these techniques but rather to remind us of the easily forgotten path that we walk every day that has paved our way to where we are now

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March 14, 2015

Columbia SC not your usual fly fishing destination

Trout Fishing In South Carolina

When thinking about going fly fishing in South Carolina usually two places come to mind, first heading to the upstate to get on some great trout action in the hills, second heading down to the low country to get on some tailing reds out in the flats. But I am here to tell you that you would be a fool to skip over the midlands.

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February 16, 2015

Fly Fishing the Green River NC

Fly Fishing the Green River NC

We are very happy to announce that we have brought on a new guide service to our Preferred Guide Program. Trout Hunters Guide Service based out of North Carolina is a very unique guide service to the area as they not only use single hand fly rods but they also utilize spey rods on trout waters not normally fished with such measures.

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January 14, 2015

Redfish Fly Patterns

Redfish Fly Patterns

In general I will be discussing tactics for fly fishing for redfish along the South Carolina intercoastal waterway. I am very lucky to have a job which has allowed me the pleasure of seeing almost every inch of South Carolina’s coast and allowing me to occasionally get a few flies wet along the way

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July 11, 2014

Gearing up for the weekend

If you are getting ready for the weekend on the water- Cheers.
If not, I hope you can stock up on the finer things in life while on dry land.

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July 06, 2014

Largemouth Bass on the fly

Largemouth Bass on the fly

This is not the end all be all of bass fishing I prefer to catch bass on the surface with poppers and gurglers because hell its fun! Remember bass will eat almost everything so don't be afraid to think outside the box! I have taken tiny gnat patterns and stripped them under the water and hooked into bass, so throw your fly box at them and you'll be surprised at what works!

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June 25, 2014

Fly Fishing in Columbia, SC

Fly Fishing in Columbia, SC

Harbison State Forest is a great fishing destination. Not that I want to share my secrets, but I know from experience it is hard to figure out "where to" fish in a new town. Harbison State Forest is a public state park that sits right next to the Broad River with over 2,000 acres to explore. Upon exploring the forest we came across a great area to fish.

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April 18, 2014

The Redneck Trout

The Redneck Trout

But if the tug is your drug don't fret there is another option. If you are new to fly fishing or don't have the patience to stalk inland trout who spook when you sneeze a mile away its time to find some Stillwater and hit up some redneck trout. These eager little bastards are slobs and basically will hit anything that lands in front of their face. So lets talk the how to on targeting these guys.

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March 11, 2014

The journey

The journey

What I have worked towards is delivering quality flies to the public that are made here in the USA by fishermen who use them and swear by them. I have found some amazing tyers across the nation who have been bitten by the same bug as me and I am honored to have them tying their best for Steelie Bros Fly Co. As time progresses you will see our inventory grow as we get even more custom flies, as well as custom gear tailored specifically for the fly fishermen.

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