Tuesday Tip: Getting Ready for Pacific Northwest Steelhead

Written by: Leland Miyawaki, former Fishing Manager at Orvis Bellevue (WA)

The author with a beautiful, bright Pacific Northwest steelhead.
Photo courtesy Leland Miyawaki

Skagit, Hoh, Sol Duc, Grande Ronde, Clearwater, Dean, Thompson, Skeena—all names that conjure up visions of big, bright, chrome steelhead. Big fish caught on the swing: Nothing comes close to releasing a fly fisher’s adrenaline as. . .

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Pro Tip: The Secrets to Low-Water Steelheading

Written by: Alberto Rey

Young Holden Daughton with a Salmon River steelhead.
Photo by Tim Daughton

It’s a beautiful time of year on the Lake Erie tributaries. The leaves have turned, the light shimmers on the rocks as the water distorts its reflections, and there is no one out on the streams! Low, clear water can scare many anglers away, as these. . .

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #11: The Perfect Finale

Written by: Paul Moinester

Northern British Columbia is a land of beautiful forested valleys and peaks.
All photos by Paul Moinester

Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He has been posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey: . . .

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Trading Secrets with a Bass Master, Plus a Chrome Surprise

Tom admires a fine Lake St. Clair smallmouth caught in fairly cold water.
Photo courtesy JP DeRose, Breaking Boundaries

Yesterday, I was on Lake St. Clair—just outside of Detroit and Windsor, Ontario—and it was cold, rainy, and windy with water temperatures in the high 40s. If someone had asked me last week if this would. . .

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Podcast: Dead-Drift or Swing for Steelhead?

This week, it’s all about steelhead, or at least mostly about steelhead. Besides the main topic—dead-drifting vs. the swing for steelhead—we talk about such varied subjects as overlining rods, matching a rod to a fish size, dressing dry flies, the. . .

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Classic Podcast: Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead

In this classic episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast (from 2010), I offer three tips for fly fishing for steelhead, dealing with location, timing and, presentation. Since it is not as important, I threw in half a tip on tackle. As you’ll hear, this was the early days of this. . .

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Video: Filmmaker Seeks Help to Finish Steelhead Project

Shane Anderson’s competitive skiing career came to an end after a bad crash, and he was looking for something to channel his energies and passions into. He began fishing for steelhead around his Pacific Northwest home, and he soon realized that the wild stocks were in danger. So he set out to do something about it: . . .

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