Steelhead are Steelhead what ever river you fish them in.

I love chasing and catching steelhead or guiding people into their very first fish. I have always said a steelehad is a steelhead is a steelehad. Where ever you are when conditions are comparable the same strategies can be applied. Here are two great pictures. The Steelehad were caught in 2 different river litteraly contries apart, with the same result. Steelhead are awesome. Is it the fly or just the timing?? enjoy.
Cant argue with that!


My buddy Dracy,taking care of a Dean river flish with the Outlaw.



The time has come, But approch with humility.

Brand New Steel.

Early Season Steelheading is a great, but not always for numbers of fish to hand. Early fish in the Colombia river drainage come in waves of good numbers of wild fish. But finding them is usually even more unpredictable. That only a small fraction of the run has entered the waters we fish. This makes finding one even more enjoyable to me. Work hard and your time and experience will turn into little bits of Steelhead fishing gold.

Can’t beat a last light Steelehad in July!

Now that I have said that, the real reason I am talking early season is that it is a great way to get all the tackle out and fitted that you have not likely used for 8 to 10 months. See what condition your leaders and tippet are in. Maybe take a look at you running line. or even CLEAN your lines. Organize your fly boxes and just take in a peaceful river… Which ever one you chose to fish.

A little color but what a scrapper.

Here are a few we found over the past week. If your ready to work get out there. If you want easy there is always the trout farm!!!LOL just kidding.

Nothing Like First Light.

An early morning hook up, just icing on the cake.
I can’t think of a more peaceful time on any Steelhead river. After the sounding of the alarm clock and the first sips of morning Joe. The bus of a boat ramp or the quick drive to you favorite piece of water. First light is amazing!
As I look back on how many sunrises I have witnessed in my days Steelhead fishing. How many times the sound of the river morning is broken by the sound of a Canyon Ren, or the sound of a turning reel. Beginning a day not only chasing one of God’s finest creations, but standing in some of the most wonderful places on earth.

So next time your out before light waiting for the morning fishing light. Tip your coffee cup to the river and the fish. Mostly to the fact your there not anywhere else.