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Tag: steelhead

"Winter Run"

Fishing for winter steelhead is best described by Bill McMillan, fisherman and author of "Dry Line Steelhead" describes winter as being the most difficult of seasons for searching of steelhead on the fly. The mere challenge of nature's moody elements, the cold weather as snow and rain, and the limited daylight draws only those anglers who are seeking to...

Podcast Episode: “The Secret Life of Steelhead with John McMillen”

In this episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, guest John McMillen joins host Tom Rosenbauer to talk about all things steelhead. “Besides being a lifelong steelhead angler, John has spent hundreds of days snorkeling steelhead rivers observing them, and at one time he was fishing about 345 days a year. John has worked professionally for the US...

Podcast Episode: “Alberto Rey Talks Lake Erie Steelhead”

Alberto Rey is a guide and fine artist, and is a guest on this episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. “He gives us tips on seasons, fly patterns, techniques, and tackle needed to chase steelhead in the eastern portion of Steelhead Alley—although steelhead anglers will learn tips they can use on smaller rivers anywhere steelhead are found....

Chasing Late-Summer Steelhead

"As summer winds down, interest in summer steelhead fades along with it,” writes Carter Reschke. “Many anglers direct their attention to other types of fishing, but that doesn’t mean summer steelhead fishing is over when summer is.” In this article, learn about effective ways to target late-season summer steelhead. Via Gear Junkie.

"Desert Dries"

"Steelhead are NEVER known for being easy to catch. In fact, the more difficult they are to catch, the more valuable each fish becomes. There is a certain satisfaction in catching a steelhead on a skated dry fly. It feels like a big accomplishment to catch one of these fish in the most pure and sportive method possible. That challenge is the very reason...

New Fly Fishing Books - Sept. 2

Western Waters: Fly-Fishing Memories and Lessons From Twelve Rivers by Tom Alkire is a collection of essays about well-known (and some not-so-well-known) Western waters. “From rainforest rivers to desert rivers, from tidal rivers to those along the Continental Divide, the author has waded and fished these waters over the decades. Along with his fishing...

"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.