400 followers! It must be contest time.

And so it is.  Thank you, loyal reader, for being part of the Fabulous Four Hundred. To celebrate, we’re doing a Currentseams flies-tied-by-Steve giveaway. Here are the contest rules:

1) No purchase necessary.

2) You must be a follower of currentseams to enter. (If you’re not one already, you become a follower by clicking on the “Stay current with currentseams” button on the home page.)

3) To enter, leave a comment on this thread saying you wish to enter AND share with us the name of a favorite fly pattern. One entry per person. Deadline for entering is 11:59pm June 14, 2016. Three winners will be chosen at random. The winners will be notified in the comments section of this thread or by email, and will be responsible for sending me their address so I can ship the flies out.

4) All decisions by me are final.

Thanks again for reading and following currentseams.

Want to catch stripers on flies like these? One of the prizes will be some of what you see here. The other two will be a selection of trout or steelhead flies. As they say in my kids’ school: “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

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61 comments on “400 followers! It must be contest time.

  1. Alton Blodgett says:

    Steve,
    Count me in for sure. Either the squirrel and ginger and/or the Magic fly for me!
    Thanks!
    Alton

  2. Rick says:

    I wish to enter

    Gold Ribbed Softhackle

  3. Georges Boyer says:

    i wish to enter please, and my favorite fly is a black sculpzilla for fall streamer fishing.

  4. Toby McAfee says:

    That Squirrel and Ginger seems to be a winner for you on the Farmington, so that’s my pick. Toby

  5. Manny says:

    Steve – I wish to enter.

    White & chartreuse clouser with peacock herl on top.

    Also like grasset’s flats minnow but so do the sea robins (;-0)

    – love your posts here & on SOL – Manny

  6. salvatore tartaglione says:

    Congrats!!! I wish to enter.
    Fly-DH usual

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. Brian Labowsky says:

    Steve,
    Please throw my name into the hat. I like tossing one of my own creations (no name) or any wet/soft hackle, my favorite being a SHPT. Keep up the good work.

  8. Wayne Gustafson says:

    I wish to enter. My new favorite is the Cahill wet fly. I had a ball swinging them on the Housatonic last weekend.

  9. Avram Schlesinger says:

    Been loving the Ginger and Squirrel with a Beadhead! And in a size 16 they are brilliant. (Love the greensleeves too! Oh and the BHPT soft hackle. Steve you are the best…see you up on the farmington again soon…and thanks in advance for sending me the flies…hehehe)

  10. Mark Sofman says:

    Steve, please enter me. For trout, Chuck Caddis; for bass, Clouser with chartreuse on top and very pale pink on the bottom.

  11. Mina says:

    Hi Steve,
    I’d love to enter too. Love those Magic Flies, but I dig all of your trout flies.

  12. Joe S. says:

    Steve, please enter me in the contest. GRSH for one and the favorite is the venerable Hornberg.

  13. Tonymm@comcast.net says:

    Steve: congrats – now that you’re famous maybe you should charge per view ?

    I wish to enter (how exciting !) and my favorite fly has been a parachute Adams.

    Tight Lines

    Tony Mortimer CVTU

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  14. Will says:

    Hi Steve – I’m in! Dark Cahill would be a favorite wet fly of mine.

  15. ted rzepski says:

    Please enter me. Fav trout fly is the Teeny nymph. Uses one material!

  16. Bill Owens says:

    Put me in.
    Favorite fly for Bass and Pike , Splinter Mouse.

    Bill

  17. Ii would love to enter and CDC emergers are always a favorite for me.

  18. Ed Bowsza says:

    Please enter me . A Squirrel and ginger nymph is a favorite.

  19. Frank Doherty says:

    Hello Steve – I’m in. Soft hackle bead-head phesant tail. Works here. Works on the Yellowstone. Works all over the place!

  20. Robert Schoen says:

    Hi Steve, Congratulations on 400, and may you continue your rise from the depths dark water to stardom.

    My favorite: deer hair mouse pattern. Although your foam mouse seems to do a better job at lower cost.

  21. Dwight J. Moffitt says:

    My favorite fly is a Parachute Hare’s Ear. This is partly because I always enjoy an excuse to tie with Hare’s Ear.

  22. Keith Daniels says:

    Write me down for a SHBHPT or the Squirrel and Ginger. Thanks Steve

  23. Matt Bancroft says:

    Hi Steve – many congratulations on reaching 400 followers. I love your site and am not suprised at all that many others do too. Please enter me for the prize drawing. My favorite fly is the Squirrel and Ginger wet – I have had great success fishing it and also really enjoy tying it with the squirrel fur hackle. Very buggy and fun. All the best and onwards to 500!

  24. Bob Murray says:

    Hey Steve! Good on ya for reaching this milestone and count me in too. My favorite fly is Norm’s Crystal Schminnow, an absolute Snook slayer here in South Florida. Keep up the great work Buddy!

  25. David Ader says:

    Ever since I fished with Steve I’ve become a HUGE fan of soft hackle patterns. My choice is the Partridge and Orange because it’s so easy to tie and because I got three large trout to take it near the Ovation pool on June 2nd. Catching on my own self made fly is an achievement.

  26. JonH says:

    Congrats Steve. Count me in! Favorite flies: R.L.S. L&L Special (stripers) and General Practitioner (steelhead).

  27. Jack Swegel says:

    I want to enter the contest. Favorite fly pattern is September Night. Just saw your article in American Angler will read it shortly.
    Jack Swegel

  28. Andrew says:

    Squirrel and ginger for me . Works Realy well on Beaverkill .

  29. Jon says:

    Good job Steve… !!! Always enjoy your writings… So count me in on the 400 give away…
    Somehow the soft hackle hendrickson has a spot in my heart…. More that i like tying them and the story behind them more than anything…

    I’ll leave with a ponderance:
    So i notice free food always tastes better than food you pay for, do free flies you win catch more fish?
    :/)

  30. Josh M says:

    I wish to enter

    Parachute Adams! (Yeah, i’m boring)

  31. Roger says:

    I have been fortunate to fish out of the country and frequently in Montana. Can’t leave home without a PMX in either yellow or peacock in all sizes.

  32. Mike Fatse says:

    Congrats on getting to 400. Now 500 and beyond. Also nice article in American Angler. Size 20 BWO parachute Pick me Pick Me Thanks keep up the great work Mike

    Sent from my iPhone

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  33. WILLIAM Neel says:

    NICE SITE. I AM A WESTERN US FISHERMAN BUT I FIND YOUR WRITINGS VALUABLE. BH PRINCE NYMPH

  34. Dwight Leonard says:

    Not surprising that the 400 mark was reached so soon. Always entertaining and informative posts! My fly of choice would be a BH hares ear nymph (on which I caught my first fly rod brown). Thanks for all you do.

  35. John says:

    Congratulations! Please enter me in the contest. As to flies of choice, my thinking lately has been more in the direction of simpler, and in many cases, more traditional patterns. Think hare’s ear and pheasant tails for cold water, and sparse, lightly weighted clousers for warm water (and when I have a chance to get to the salt).

  36. Gary says:

    Always an entertaining and informative column. Any of your cool wet fly patterns ( wet Cahill, ginger and orange) would do the trick. 500 club is in your sights!

  37. Steve M. says:

    Steve: Please enter me. My favorite is the simple “Frenchie”. Easy to tie, no tears over losing to snags, and deadly on trout!

  38. Jim Brinkerhoff says:

    My favorite is the ISO Comparadun

  39. Nick Park says:

    Count me in! Ever since you presented at the TU meeting this week, I’ve been thinking about your triple rig. Squirrel ginger on top with something shrimpy running point…my fly box is incomplete until I’ve given this a try.

  40. Bill Donnelly says:

    Steve I wish to enter. Favorite fly is the Magic fly( pale watery wingless wet ). For the better part of 30 yrs I’ve been a dry fly addict until I started following you. I decided to see if an ole dog could learn new tricks and try swinging wets flies using your suggested flies and leader specs. Wow is all I can say I’m now a wet fly junkie.

  41. andrew attias says:

    steve–all your patterns are terrific but the squirrel and ginger beadhead, and the soft hackle are my favorites. please count me in.

  42. Paul Gross says:

    Count me in. Favorite pattern is Magog smelt, which I learned from a post you made on the old Striper Moon website. Since then I’ve caught my largest brook trout (5.25 lbs.) and my largest striper (17 lbs.) on this pattern

  43. Larry says:

    Steve congrats on big 400. Squirrel and ginger work for me. Time for a cigar

  44. Gin Clear says:

    Hi Steve,
    Congrats on reaching 400! I’d like to enter too. My favorite salt fly is the Simple Slayer (it’s a simple palmered marabou, then estaz body with a deehair wing). Great silverside imitation that’s been slaying the schoolies this year.

  45. Dan Price says:

    Favorite Fly Pattern – Bead Head Pheasant Tail

  46. Ppaul Hundt says:

    I’ll go for a Herr Blue. I saw your tying demo a The Compleat Angler this Spring and like the the idea of sparse striper flies. Incidentally I know your article on Block Island is coming out in the Fall but would you have a suggestion or two close to the town? My club’s annual has a deep water striper trip there in July but I might have a chance to fly fish off the beach close to the hotel.

  47. Steven Rudolf says:

    Steve, I wish to enter. My favorite fly pattern is a squirrel and ginger soft hackle

  48. MIchael Williams says:

    Steve, please enter myself. Favorite pattern is a Ray Bondorew Marabou Sand Eel.

    Thanks

  49. Ed Hovsepian says:

    Steve thanks for including me in your drawing. Beadhead Fox squirrel nymph is one of my favorites.

  50. Andrew says:

    Steve, I’m in. Squirrel and ginger is always a good choice.

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