Photos: Swinging for Holiday Steel


Kubie’s first fish was a colored-up buck that struck in a tailout.
Photo by Sam Brown

Last week, my brother Sam and I set off for New York’s Salmon River on our annual pilgrimage to get in the holiday spirit by chasing steelhead with our Spey rods. The water was low and a bit . . .

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Understanding the Lure of Pacific Northwest Steelhead

Written by: Dan Gracia, Orvis Sporting Traditions Specialist


Four-salt fish, found in British Columbia, are the kings of the steelhead world.
Photo courtesy Moose Lake Lodge

Throughout most of the Pacific Northwest, steelhead young spend a year in their native rivers before they smolt and head out to sea. This smolting process is the changing of the. . .

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Photos: A Steelhead Engagement in Idaho

Written by: Andrew Thomas, Picabo Angler


Whitney Holts is all smiles, as she shows off a very meaningful Idaho steelhead.
Photos by Andrew Thomas

In March, I proposed to my girlfriend of six years, Whitney, on the banks of the Salmon River in Idaho. I had been telling her for some time–only partly tongue-in-cheek–that she would get a . . .

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Photos: New Traditions in Steelhead Alley

Written by: Tom Revis, Fishing Manager at Orvis Westlake


They don’t call it “Steelhead Alley” for nothing, you know.
Photo by Tom Revis

March is peak steelhead season here in northeastern Ohio, and a few good friends were ready to make the annual trip up north. Braving inclement and unpredictable weather, we planned the . . .

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Photo of the Day: Hail Mary Steelhead

Written by: Kubie Brown


Tough conditions caused a change of tactics, which paid off for Kubie.
Photo courtesy Kubie Brown

I headed to New York’s Salmon River last week, hoping to land a few steelhead to kill the winter blues. When I got there, I found that the river had risen quickly overnight and that the day . . .

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Pro Tips: Top Five Flies for Spring Great Lakes Steelhead

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters


These five patterns will help you fish through the three-stage early season.
Photo by Chuck Hawkins

Most fly anglers eagerly await the start of the spring steelhead run. Here what I believe are the top five spring steelhead flies and when to use them. Any list of the top five steelhead flies for spring. . .

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