Recently we shared a list of our favorite steelhead swing patterns for fishing for steelhead fishing from CA to Kamchatka, Russia. I wanted to provide some context for them based on lessons I've learned. For steelhead flies, I am considering 4 things: size, weight, color, and movement. In an effort to control something uncontrollable, I've tried to provide some of the thought process behind choosing flies for steelhead fishing. Now these are just beliefs I hold, they are not all my own, nor are they law. They're just a few things I have observed fishing around the Pacific Rim with some of the world’s best steelheaders.