2019 About Time

Here we are a couple week into 2019. The government is shut down. The holiday burn is finally over. The weather has been, well the weather. Winter Steelhead are being themselves. Tough to find elusive and rewarding. If you have not been out you should. It is way harder to catch Steelhead from the couch than from the river.

Organize your fishing stuff now and have a better season.

If your still looking to get out, make sure you go through all you necessary items before getting to the river. Number 1 so you know where it is when needed. Number 2 to make sure it is not out or low. Things like tippet, sink tips, and the working fly.

Tailing a Steelhead in last years Deschutes Spey School.

now I have spent the last year very busy and this fall/winter busy as well. I will start blogging again on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. As for now, here are some new things to come. This year again I will be doing the 3 day Spey School on the Deschutes. This will happen the last week of July. Second I will be doing a similar Spey school about fishing sink tips and deep flies in November. Lastly dates are not set  but sometime in the first 2 weeks of April a  competition Spey clinic at the Moreland ponds , date TBA.

Trying to tame a monster!!!

I have another big thing happening here in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to see!!!! Lastly, I have one open spot on my Costa Rica tarpon trip… if anyone is interested please contact me!! Thanks tight lines and talk soon.

 

TJ

The coolest fly tier I know

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Now I think it is about time to do some blog posts on some of the folks in this wild world of steelheading I find interesting. Now I am not sure how many of you have ever heard of David Nelson, so listen up. He and his strikingly elegant flies are some of the most beautiful and original patterns in have seen in a long time. Fusing classic materials with modern appeal, Dave’s flies move and look like no others!!! Having seen his stuff work first hand and having spent some time with Dave himself, one gets to understand the person and the angler!!!

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Dave started his commercial tying as a custom tier of Striper flies. His saltwater patterns are still some of the best flies going. Has his passions have changed Dave shifted towards the pursuit if Steelhead!!! It happens to all of us! The best part was when his addiction to steelhead happened he brought with him his unsurpassed creativity in fly design. This is good for the rest of us, and for Dave too I guess, lol. If Dave’s flies were paintings they would encompass a time frame from Da Vinci to Warhol. The secret is getting a hold of his patterns… Dave keeps to himself and buying does take a bit of time, but well worth it. So you can check out his website http://www.squimpishflies.com/mainpage.htm If for nothing else but some fresh ideas as to what modern steelhead flies can be!! enjoy

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The last thing I can tell you about Dave is he is just a great person!! his love of speyfishing rivals my own! Cant wait to fish with you again brother!!

Trout fishing is just about to get GOOD. Plus upcoming classes

Not a bad way to spend a day!!!

Not a bad way to spend a day!!!

The Stone fly hatch is slowly coming to and end and even will the ever diminishing number of big bugs the fishing will become more consistent. These hunger Redsides have developed a huge appetite but with the large calorie items in short reserve, caddis and mayflies will become the more favored fodder. Many caddis sizes and colors to come and the ever consistent mayflies hatches will force the thick bellied trout to continue their quest for more and more calories to consume a far higher number of there other rivers food items to make up for the missing stoneflies.

Nice to keep the big ones wet!

Nice to keep the big ones wet!

The next few weeks are the best fishing of the spring. Get your glasses on because the fly size has gone down but opportunity has just gone up!!! Tippet size in decline but stealth going up. If you want to see if the caddis fishing is as good as the stonefly shoot me an email. We are ready to show you the trick and fish.

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

East Coasts best  Clave going!

I have a few up and coming classes one in Wyoming with High Country outfitters. These classes with be one on saturday and sunday be ready to learn! I love giving all the students all the info I can or that they can handle. The other classes I have coming up are in NY, at the great Spey Nation event. I will close the doors on the Friday class at 6 students so if you are interested shoot me an email, soon er the better. I will also Be available for private tuition on both saturday and sunday. I will be ready, hope you are too.