Video: How to Swing for Steelhead Like the Pros

A fly rod is a highly specialized tool that requires your constant input to preform its best. Throughout your swing, there are things that you can do that can elevate you to “fishy” status. One of the most important considerations is rod position. During the . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Advanced Mending Techniques for More Fish

Fly fishing offers some inherent challenges brought on by the effects of moving water on our fly line. One of the most important considerations is how to manipulate the line to achieve the presentation you want. We’ve previous covered “Mending . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Properly Net a Big Fish

It’s your biggest steelhead yet on the line, and to say you’re revved-up is a serious understatement. All the things that could wrong are pouring through your head. What should you do now? Answer: Listen to the person with net. . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Target Steelhead Around Boulders

One of the most important considerations for locating steelhead is finding structure. Sure, you see fish sitting out in the middle of pea gravel flats all the time, but that does nothing to narrow down your efforts. Instead, look for the obvious stuff when . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Using the Herringbone Technique

A lot of times, there are good seams on both sides of a river. Instead of just making a long cast to the opposite bank and swinging across the whole river, try casting and swinging in both directions where possible. Called herringboning, this presentation . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Spey-Casting Around Obstacles

Two-handed rods and Spey casting offer all sorts of versatility for working around obstacles. By maintaining an anchor on the water, you can avoid messy backcasts and wild deliveries. It’s also incredibly easy to adjust on the fly based on last . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Start Thinking Like a Steelhead

So where can you possibly start a series like this? How about at the mouth of West Coast steelhead river? From the moment fish enter fresh water, their behavior is adapting and changing. How fish see the river and visualizing their migration up a system . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Swing a Fly Effectively

In this great video from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center chapter on Great Lakes Steelhead, Tom Rosenbauer talks about the nuances of getting your fly to swim enticingly when you’re swinging for steelhead (or trout or salmon). If you want to entice . . .

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Video: Top 5 Tips for Great Lakes Steelhead

Do you want to catch more Great Lakes steelhead? The folks at Mad River Outfitters, in Columbus, Ohio, are here to help. Guide Josh McQueen breaks down his top five steelheading tips–from proper presentation, to dressing appropriately to being . . .

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