Podcast: Secrets of Lake Erie Steelhead Tributaries, with Alberto Rey


This week’s podcast is called “Secrets of Lake Erie Steelhead Tributaries,”  and my guest expert is Alberto Rey, a longtime Orvis-Endorsed Guide and a Distinguished Professor for Research and Creative Activity in the State University of New York system. He is a fine artist who specializes in Cuban-influenced scenes and such esoteric subjects as steelhead and extinct birds.  Alberto also does some fine work with a youth fly-fishing program. Despite all his interests and activities, days on the river with him feature an aura of calm and he’s a wonderful person to fish with. In our conversation, 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.

This painting of an Icelandic arctic char is from Alberto’s series “Biological Regionalism”
Painting by Alberto Rey

In the Fly Box, we tackle the usual array of both advanced and basic questions, including:

  • What retrieve should I use when saltwater fly fishing?  I tried it in Greece and didn’t catch anything.
  • Can I use Poly Leaders for both steelhead in Oregon and saltwater species in California on my single-handed rod?
  • A great tip from a listener on how to use bobber stoppers to make an adjustable dry-dropper rig.
  • If I want to extend the butt on my leader, how do I know what size to use?
  • How do I modify my hook-setting technique on downstream dry flies?
  • Why do some brook trout carry parr marks throughout their life?
  • What do you recommend for targeting perch in France?
  • How do you tell a male from a female brown trout?

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3 thoughts on “Podcast: Secrets of Lake Erie Steelhead Tributaries, with Alberto Rey”

  1. Would like to hear more of the same for the Lake Ontario Tribs, especially the Salmon.

    Please send out time tables with these podcasts identifying the various topics so you pick the ones of most interest.

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