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Tag: steelhead

Removing the Snake River Dams

Anyone who's paid attention to the effort to save steelhead and salmon in the Pacific Northwest has likely heard of the push to remove the four dams on the lower section of the Snake River. These dams, originally created for power generation and transportation of goods via barges, have had a direct, negative result on salmon and steelhead populations. The...

Guide's Top 5 Steelhead Tips

In this video, Ohio Fly Fishing Steelhead Guide Josh McQueen at Mad River Outfitters breaks down his top five steelheading tips, from proper presentation, to dressing appropriately to being confident and having maximum mobility while fly fishing for steelhead.

Podcast Episode: “Kuchook, Kamchatka’s Bear Dog”

Kamchatka, Russia, has a reputation for big steelhead and big bears. “Each year Kamchatka’s many bears and a few fortunate anglers cross streamside paths in a shared pursuit of the elusive steelhead. In order to protect their clients, local Kamchatka guides use dogs to keep the hungry bears at bay. Enter Kuchook – arguably the most bad-ass alpha dog...

"Fall Run"

"Fall Run" is the ultimate Pacific Northwest steelhead fly fishing adventure. This is the true story every angler dreams about retelling around the campfire forever. Hooking and landing a steelhead on a fly is not easy. It is arguably the most difficult type of fly fishing in the world. Add the challenges of Mother Nature's moods, an unpredictable wild...

"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...