Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Blog

With today’s age of information, the modern angler spends more time researching when and where to fish than fishing. Information is important but not as important as putting your fly in the River. If you’re not sure whether or not to fish because of weather conditions, GO FISHING!!!! While guiding, I had to bring a customer back to the dock because, according to his internet info, we weren’t going to catch any fish. I went back on my own and slayed them! I can’t tell you how many times the fish forecasters, weather forecasters and know-it-all forecasters have been wrong. WHEN IN DOUBT, GO...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Blog

Just got done fishing flood waters on the Olympic Peninsula and had to dig deep in the old arsenal of tricks. Some of the things to consider were: heavy sink tip with a short leader, heavy sink tip with a long leader, sink tip with a weighted fly and sink tip with an unweighted fly. I actually used all of the above on this trip because not only did I have to fish deep but also had to contend with snags, tight slots and tricky drifts. I realized that sometimes we get lazy and fish one method when another would be more productive. This refresher course made me realize that it’s important to modify technique based on conditions. Any...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog

This topic has been discussed since the beginnings of fly fishing. In the world of Steelhead fishing, my personal preference is as follows: I would rather fish a weighted leader and a non-weighted fly because the fly behaves more naturally without weight. It has more animation/life and follows the currents more like a living thing. However, sometimes weighted flies are necessary and can be used effectively on a sink tip or with a long leader on a floating line. I am curious to hear other opinions. Please let me...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog

In dirty-water Steelhead fishing, the angler needs to take advantage of as many variables as possible to get the attention of lethargic bottom-oriented fish. The most neglected factor is the use of sound/vibration. I’ve found that one of the most effective flies in this category is one tied with a muddler/flared deer hair head. Because I love Spey flies, I tie a Sonar Spey consisting of a muddler head with a Spey fly body. She ain’t pretty but the vibration the muddler head emits makes it easier for the Steelhead to zone in on the fly in dirty water. Keep the head small and use bucktail rather than the traditional body hair. This allows the fly to sink instead of being...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog

Through the years, we’ve experimented with various wader combinations to achieve the warmest and most comfortable results. Are 5mm neoprene waders over heavy pants the answer? Or are breathable waders over layered poly-fleece pants the warmest. Personally, I find that breathable waders with insulated boot feet over poly-fleece longjohns and poly-fleece pants are the warmest and most comfortable. Neoprene does not breathe. Therefore moisture builds up next to your skin and begins to chill you and rob your body heat. The poly-fleece/breathable wader combination uses hydrophobic poly-fleece that wicks the moisture away from your body and the breathable waders allow that moisture to escape.      I would appreciate any feedback on this issue. What’s your...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Blog

It can be done. Cast upstream 135 degrees with a floating fly for a dry fly presentation (#1). As it comes down, create some tension and skate the fly (#2-skating presentation). As it passes downstream, pull the fly under for a dead drift presentation (#3). As it proceeds downstream, swing it for a (#4) swung-fly presentation. Finally, when it’s on the dangle, start stripping it in for (#5), a stripped fly presentation. Can anyone think of...

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