You make the rules

Tying flies, the most artistic and original way for steelhead angler to separate him self on and off the stream. The world of tying materials is growing so fast it is hard to keep up with, matched with the growth of the sport of steelhead fly fishing the combination has know limits of creation. A fly shop with a great selection of tying supplies are not everywhere but thats the beauty of the internet huh.
What I would like the readers of this post to get out of this blog is to except that with your flies their are no limits. The world is full of different muses, a womens shirt you saw at breakfast, a christmas decoration on the tree at a relatives house, or my favorite the colors of the sky during an early fall evening. Add these muses in with the long list of new styles from tubes to inturders the look of a fly can be the shape of ones imagination. Then the work starts like a painter with his brush. Flash or no? Natural or man made fibers?? Solid or stinger hook??? Then the color combos. I will be leaving these to you but some of my new favs are yellow and blue, blue and orange, and yellow and pink. I have caught fish on some and not others but thats fishing and no matter how bad or awsome the upcomming season might be I will not let that tell me what colors or flies to fish. As an angler the act of going fishing is above all. With hook filled vises I leave you, Travis.

On the brink of a new season

Here I sit facing my computer trying to focus on writing but the window to the rear of the computer keeps getting my attention. The glare of light rerflecting off the fresh inch of snow reminds me that a new season is in the cool crisp air. This winter bringing the promise of fresh brite fish to our favorite winter steelhead rivers. This thought in it self keeps my fingers from the keys and my blood pumping warm. The indoor nature of the holidays lets us remember the last years great victories, brake throughs, and even good fish lost.
In the doldrums days of winter where you might be stuck with your family, or the rivers are at their extremities ( high, low, off color). When we are in these situtions are focus must turn to keep our minds in the game. Tying flies, building lines, and cutting sink tips are all good ideas. Organizing gear bags, cleaning reels and rods, changing out running lines are what we really should be doing.
I wish i could predict the up comming winter season, and tell all of you that we are going to whale on the bad boys this year. The simple fact is nobody can. The only way to achieve success in the world of swung fly steelhead fishing is to go fishing. Being selfish with ones time on the river is the only way to ensure that the sometimes redundant act of casting and stepping and casting and stepping will eventualy lead to the pinnacle of the bent throbbing rod attacted to the bright, hard bodied, crome, smooth steelhead. The scales of this fish alone on close inspection can often tell a story that speaks of the journey only a true wild specimen of wonderful oceans of the northwest can produce.
The last thing that I would like to leave you with on the first post, is be creative don’t be afraid to use new flies change tips , and fish new water. Tight lines Travis Johnson