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Tag: steelhead

Tippets: Call for Reassessment of Hatcheries, Fish and Wildfires

After over sixty years of steelhead recovery efforts through hatchery stocking, populations in Washington state “are on life-support and hatchery populations have collapsed.” In this article on HeraldNet, Pete Soverel calls for an honest assessment of steelhead recovery methods. “It is long past time for radical change setting a new course to recover...

Tippets: Spirituality of Steelhead, Winter Streamers

In this recent post, Kenov Lokensgard writes about steelhead and spirituality. “We rarely hear Non-Native fishers describe their relationship to salmon and steelhead as spiritual. Yet, an Idaho angler and guide named Jerry Meyers did just that in a column, entitled “A Spiritual Loss,” for the Idaho Falls Post Register.” Read the column in its...

How to Tie a Tripled Up Baitfish

"This right here is a Tripled Up Baitfish. It's an awesome little pattern. It imitates a wide variety of baitfish that we'd find in the river.  I primarily fish this for steelhead; you can also use it for smallmouth bass and even walleye. We get a pretty good walleye run here in the spring from the lake and swinging anything that's white, they just destroy...

Join Loon Live on January 3

Get your tying off to a great start for the new year by joining Loon Live on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. PST. You will learn to tie the Spawner, “one of the best freshwater baitfish patterns you'll find,” as well as the Steelhead Thing, “a simple but poppy nymph designed with steelhead in mind.”

How to Tie a Bleeding Prawn (Stormy Evening) Steelhead Fly

"Today we're gonna be tying a pattern called the Bleeding Prawn, and in particular this color variation is called the Evening Storm. It's a steelhead fly by Bjorn Beech. He's a productive pattern designer and the owner of the Fly Fisher, a fly shop in Lacey, Washington. There are a few other color variations of this pattern, including the Red Moon,  the Al...

How to Tie a Freestyle Fall Favorite

Dave McKenna demonstrates how to tie hisFreestyle Fall Favorite, a takeoff on a popularsalmon and steelhead pattern that’s been around for decades. As videographer Tim Flagler notes, this pattern has "fooled not only kings but cohos, steelhead and brown trout as well."

Is There Such Thing As a "Steelhead Rod?"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: Is there really a steelhead fly rod or is that a sales hype? I fish the Great Lakes Tributaries and would like to know what rod characteristics would do best for this type of steelheading? Dave Sabol, Louisville, KY Answer: I can see how the vast array of rods available to...

"Anatomy of a Steelheader"

That was it! The final cast in the ritualistic series of last casts which can sometimes go on for hours. Dark had descended upon the Kispiox, and walking out along the water’s edge at this hour with the odd bear munching on a stinking pink salmon carcass could be risky business in this part of British Columbia. But that was part of the deal. At least it...

Review: "Holding Lies"

THE TROUBLE WITH what passes for fly fishing literature these days is prose that overshadows the fishing, or even worse, fishing that overshadows even weaker prose. Too many current authors attempt to write in the style of Norman Maclean, Thomas McGuane, or David James Duncan—and most fail miserably. Enter writer John Larison, a man with the talent and...

Fly Fishing Jazz: How Deep is the Ocean?

I’ll borrow from this jazz standard, best covered by Billie Holliday and Charlie Parker, to make a very important point about fly fishing, especially fly fishing with nymphs and wet flies. The depth at which your flies float through the presentation zone matters at least 10 times more than the subtleties of the fly patterns you fish. As such, I will...