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. . .
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…
Trout fishers who want to test themselves against salmon and steelhead are faced with a whole new range of flies, so what should you do? Your best bet is to do some research about the best patterns for your local waters and. . .
Written by: John McKinnie, Lone Mountain Ranch
Five days of this without success can take it out of a guy.
All photos by John McKinnie
It was our final day of Steelhead fishing in British Columbia, and Josh and I walked the river banks back to the truck; not much was said and both of us were overwhelmed by frustration. After. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Young Graeme shows off a beautiful, wild Dean River steelhead.
All photos courtesy John Sharp
We’ve posted several times about the travels and skills of young angler Graeme Sharp, who is just 13 years old. We’ve showed him with a lovely steelhead, his first bonefish, a hard-to-handle Exuma bone he caught a year later, and an. . .
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. . .