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Tag: steelhead

"CHROME Buffet" - Giant Steelhead, Olympic Peninsula

"Winter steelhead are super large, aggressive fish that are truly in a class of their own! They can reach lengths over 40 inches, and some of these fish are in the 20 lbs range. The rain forest of the Olympic Peninsula is home to many rivers that feed right into the ocean. When these winter fish leave the salt and return to freshwater they are in their...

Fly Fishing for Fossils

There are no giant barracuda in Hawaii. At least that’s what the passing ocean kayaker yelled as I battled a three-foot, toothy monster behind the coral reef off Maui’s south coast. Obviously, no one bothered to tell the barracuda that took my baitfish fly like it was his last supper. Lucky for that fish, I caught and released it, but only after...

Effects of Catch and Release on Idaho Steelhead

The University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game are teaming up on a study to examine how wild steelhead are affected by catch and release fishing. With the help of anglers, the project goal is to “more accurately measure how many wild steelhead are caught and released during the long fishing season that targets hatchery steelhead and how...

Atlantic Steelhead - Santa Cruz River | Argentina

The Santa Cruz River, located in the middle of the immeasurable plains of Patagonia. offers some of the last untapped steelhead fishing on the planet. Steelhead have often been credited as being one of the hardest-fighting migratory fish, and the specimens in Santa Cruz are no exception.  Fish here can reach well over 20 lbs.

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."