The river rewards the diligent

I cant never say it to many times. I guide hundereds of people a year for trout and steelhead. Each one always asking how to improve their time on the water. I am always ready to help in any way I can, the thing is most of these people are just rusty or have stepped out of the sport for a few years. The only way to fix this is to go fishing. The ansewer to most of the problems people have on the river is to go fishing more.
I always say the rivers only reward the diligent. look at all the iconic steelhead figuers, the John Hazels, Ed Wards, Brian Sivleys, or Dec Hogans. These people would not have become the anglers or guides that they are by not going fishing.
Steelhead fishing is alot about casting practice anyway, especially in the winter. So get out there take a trip with your favorite guide, or just make the time to get out on your favorite piece of water.

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.