Fish Facts: Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)


The Great Lakes fishery is incredibly prolific, though it is sometimes derided as “artificial” by those
in the Pacific Northwest because it is outside the steelhead’s native range.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

[Editor’s Note: With steelhead season coming into full swing, it seemed a good time to reacquaint folks with the species in all its glory.]

Anglers throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region have developed distinct fly-fishing cultures around fall and winter steelhead runs—some anglers dedicated to. . .

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Deschutes River Alliance: Why It Matters


On the shore of the Deschutes
Photo by David Moskowitz

Some poignant memories and heartfelt observations from DRA President Greg McMillan:

“The lower Deschutes River is monitored and managed by a complex ménage of
government agencies, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and of course
Portland General Electric.

So what does a group like the DRA have to add…

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Photos of the Day: Chasing Steelhead at 93 Years Old

Written by: Jeff Helfrich, Tight Lines Fishing


Rod Johnson admires a steelhead he just caught and handles the dog.
All photos courtesy Jeff Helfrich

On a recent steelhead trip into Southeast Alaska, we were joined by the never-aging Rod Johnson from Eugene, Oregon. Rod is 93 years old and sharp as a tack. His hearing and eyesight have deserted him, but he remembers vividly his. . .

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Orvis Trout Bum of the Week XXVI: Alberto Rey


Alberto Rey shows off a Great Lakes king salmon.
All photos courtesy Alberto Rey

Alberto Rey is an Orvis-endorsed guide, an artist, and a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He also works with children through the. . .

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Orvis Trout Bum of the Week XXIII: Jim Lampros


Steelhead were the fish that got Jim into fly fishing, and he dreams of casting for wild steel in British Columbia.
All photos courtesy Jim Lampros

A couple years ago, we ran a series called “Trout Bum of the Week,” in which we highlighted some of the guys living the good life. . .of a sort. (See the bottom of this post for a link to the previous installments.) This is our second round of profiles. Most of the. . .

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Video: Slab Steelhead on the Bulkley

What’s better than big, wild steelhead from one of British Columbia’s storied rivers? This latest chapter in the “Tasty III” series by Boondoggers Fly Fishing offers up plenty of. . .

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Tuesday Tip: The Right Gear for Great Lakes Steelhead

Written by: Jim Lampros, Fishing Manager of Orvis Cleveland


The author shows off a big Great Lakes steelhead, as his fishing buddy looks on.
Photo courtesy Jim Lampros

The rise in popularity of the Lake Erie steelhead fishery over the last decade has been well deserved. Erie and her tributaries unequivocally offer the best chance, be it East or West, for an angler to get his or her steelhead fix. The availability of public access, the proximity of. . .

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