The Sandy is ready for you.

Wanted to let those who are interested in fishing the Sandy with me this year know, I am ready and so are the winter steelhead. Here is one of the two fish I hooked yesterday, enjoy.
While looking at the photo put yourself there and …. Do you feel that the electricity that builds from the overwhelming situation, your confused, excited, and nervous all at the same time. The emotions alternating turns. Then the fish glides in toward the landing area (never quite the best place to land a fish like this). Once in hand that’s when the shit eating grin takes over, and rightfully so now you have earned one.

Flash or no Flash, that’s the question

Now for those who know me, or have been out on guide trips. You know that I usually follow a more traditional approach with my fly selection. With an open mind I looked at some of the rules I like to follow in my ever going quest for the elusive winter steelhead.

The rule that I turn to when times may be tough is fly size having a direct reflection in comparison to water temperature. Without giving away to many trade secrets, the warmer the water the smaller the fly. Having that in mind, in the winter with far cooler water conditions we use bigger flies.

I would now like to offer another idea or dogmatic theory. The same concept could be applied to water turbidity, simply the more turbid the water the more flash can be applied. Now steelhead theory is always being test for both pros and their cons. Another problem in validating something like this is that some folks are just a bit shied away by these very garish offerings, some won’t even look at them as flies but more like a plug that a gear fisherman might use.

How ever you want to take this bit of info is always up to you. With running the risk of sounding a bit brash with these kinds of things, i just want to add that with these ideas i have taken as many fish as days on water in four different rivers. Fished with the same fly in all scenarios. Food for thought have some fun with it.

First Look at the River

I would just like to report on the status of the Sandy river. After just coming off the water i would like to say that the river was in great shape. The flow was a bit high but what can you do that’s what brings in the fish. All the runs that I had a chance to fish brought the fly acrossed in the most artful of manners.

The minute that I waded into the cold glacial water and the pressure of the flow gathered against my knee, I was instantly reminded that I was winter steelhead fishing. The day had that sometimes slight but ever present rain. With a temperature that was ever constant all day. As I stood making every cast count, watching and waiting with every swing on the ready. Never questioning my sink tips depth, never forsaking the offering I had placed at the terminal end of my line. I just went fishing…

And it was fun. The day yielded no fish but that’s just a matter of time.

They say that there is no justice in Steelhead fishing, I say that if you get to stand in some of the most beautiful water on the planet and cast with even the mutter of a chance at a Steelhead that in it self justifies all. When it come down to the math of the fishing, the river only rewards the diligent. So get ready, book your trips now and prepared for anything who knows who will hold the 20 lb fish this year.