The Binary Language of Steelhead Fly Fishing

The long but anticipated connection.

The long but anticipated connection.

Steelhead, oh Steelhead….What a crazy fish. Might drive a person crazy, I know I already am. For the past two years thing is the Steelhead world have been a bit tough. Sometimes it has seemed luck was the only real way to find any success. Of course having fewer fish does not help, but there is more to it then that. The pursuit of a completely reactionary anadromas rainbow trout, who is turn off and or put down by any and seemingly everything. The water is too hot, the water is too cold, the sun is in there eyes, the water is off color, the water is too clear, the barometer is changing, full moon phase is in effect, too much angling pressure, you pick the one or common ones you hear or have used. To think any of us are deserving might be another pipe dream.

Even hatchery fish have their days where the stars align.

Even hatchery fish have their days where the stars align.

On the list of fish species that are difficult to catch on a fly, steelhead might not make the top ten. I would wager that Permit would be the top of most lists. Permit are even more crazy is that those fish are actually actively feeding. Now for the reality of the Steelhead picture to take hold, Steelhead are not really returning to the rivers to feed. The animal may not even have a clue other than hormonally or chemically they feel the call of ancestral past to push them to swim up river. Now  from the anglers view, The Steelhead needs to be in the taking mood the day I am going to be there, and be in the runs I fish, and find my fly and eat it because I drove here. Not be mean or break some peoples pride, but it seems like to fish are responsible for doing a lot of the needed work. As a guide my job is to facilitate the amount of variables and help to connect the angler to the fish, again I rely on the Steelheads reactive presents.

One of my favorite so called reasons for Steelhead not to eat flies.

One of my favorite so called reasons for Steelhead not to eat flies.

So with all this positive information I am writing down I have more to say. The only reason some of us know the past couple years have been off is because we have seen and fished in good years. We learn good from bad based on experience and after a couple days with the wonderful Peter Hayes. A fellow guide and great caster who told asked me if I knew what an experience was? Telling him maybe not his definition, he then told me “An experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want”. After Steelhead fishing for the better part of my lifetime, I can tell you I have had a lot of experience.

A Steelhead hardened angler chooses a new from of ammunition.

A Steelhead hardened angler chooses a new from of ammunition.

Better years will come and great days to follow, but remember your only in control of a couple of things and the Steelhead no matter how many or few might take control of their end of the bargain some day. Until then we are left with days of 1’s and 0’s the binary language of these amazing and highly addictive fish.

As crazy as these creatures can drive us, their beauty and mystery will always bring us back for more.

As crazy as these creatures can drive us, their beauty and mystery will always bring us back for more.

As the season pushes on…

The smile tells the entire story!

The smile tells the entire story!

Big buck in full colors, what a stud!!

Big buck in full colors, what a stud!!

On the brink of one of the oddest elections in our nations history, all I can do is turn to fly fishing. Like a new season brought forth with excitement, and change, Also come uncertainty. The last couple of seasons on the Deschutes have been tough to say the least. A number of reasons and theories and wild ass guesses I have had bend my ear. The truth is not a single one of us knows why or what to do about it. Pontificating ideas that pushes no course of action seems to be what we do best, as anglers. The only other thing I know is that if you don’t fish your odds of getting any just went to zero.

Caleb helping to put a big wild fish to the beach.

Caleb helping to put a big wild fish to the beach.

Bright fish on a bright day!

Bright fish on a bright day!

Chase the steelhead they have seen hard times before I am sure. I once heard a wise angler say that he was amazed we even had the opportunity to fish for steelhead after the way we treated our resources in the past. I will continue to push forward swinging flies no matter how tough it gets and I suggest a few of you come along with me. We may all learn a few thing, have a few laughs, and yes we may even catch a couple steelhead, lol.

Not everything below the surface is a steelhead...

Not everything below the surface is a steelhead…

Our Winter Steelhead trips are starting to book and the 2017 calendar is open. Lets get you all back out on the water in 2017 for more great times and stories. hope to hear from you soon. I hope to have new information about the film project ASAP. thanks for your patients on this it has been a massive and expensive undertaking>

Mid July and Summer Steelhead are just around the corner

That is a chromer!! Can't get much brighter.

That is a chromer!! Can’t get much brighter.

One of the 2 hatchery fish I have seen this season. The fish around are wild!!!

Sweet July Summer Steelhead!

Well here it is now almost mid July. Only days from full blown steelhead season. It has been on my mind and a few other folks as well. If you have not made your plans to fish the Deschutes this Fall with AWA, better shoot us an email. Space is limited as it is and those looking for camp trips might be out of luck until later in the season. Water conditions are looking good and with this cooler spring we are having the Fall could be shaping up really nicely. Don’t wait too long, the time to start getting ready for this season steelhead is now, look forward to hearing from you soon.

Summer Steelhead don't get much fresher, In july they are steaming!

Summer Steelhead don’t get much fresher, In july they are steaming!

Sun coming up on a perfect early summer steelhead morning!!

Sun coming up on a perfect early summer steelhead morning!!

Wild fish are the bulk of the early summer fish!!

Wild fish are the bulk of the early summer fish!!