It is time!!!

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From a couple years back, That is how you start a winter steelhead season!!

The fall has come and gone, now winter is here. So are the first of the winter steelhead. this morning I started getting all my sink tips in line and putting together zip-locks with flies. Which means I need to tie. The simple idea of catching my first winter steelhead of the year is rerally starting to get under my skin, and I know some of you may have it worse than I do. As a winter steelhead guide the first few winter fish to the beach really validate the guides place on the river. Flashes of chrome, long runs and heavy head shakes!!!! Weather the fish slides in at 3lbs. or 30lbs matters not. The ever constant pursuit of the elusive is the pull that makes us few winter steelhead anglers.

The early winter steelhead are bright and ready!!!

The early winter steelhead are bright and ready!!!

So if you feel the way I feel and have the same strange pull to the cold winter steelhead streams of the PNW. The lets go, because it is time!!! I am ready, after today anyway, lol.

Winter steelhead are the picture of hope and survival, as well as FN awsome fish to catch!

Winter steelhead are the picture of hope and survival, as well as FN awsome fish to catch!

My family and I want to thank every  one of this years wonderful guests. I enjoyed having each and everyone of you in my boat. To you all happy Holidays and to a great new year!!!! From Travis, Jamie, and Audrey

The Measure of a Deschutes Steelhead Season

Nothing like your Deschutes Steelhead

Nothing like your Deschutes Steelhead

As I sit on one of my few days off and see the end of the busy season for the Deschutes approaching, I think about the over all Summer Steelhead season as a whole and the victories and defeats. I think about all the great people I had the chance to spend time with. I think about the good laughs and jokes. I think about good meals on camp trips. I think about days I did not want to get out of bed… but did and it was always worth it. My first season guiding on my own under the blanket of All Waters Angling.

Always great to have familiar faces in the boat!

Always great to have familiar faces in the boat!

My mind is a wonder of the future and the past. As I focus on all my season as a guide I ask myself what is the measure of a season. That is the question. In my line of work that may be the ultimate question. Helps to validate the reasons I do what I do. I can with out looking to far into the depths of the heart tell you that the fish have very little to do with the  end judgement of a season…especially that dealing with Steelhead. I seem to have a much clearer focus on the reasons I chase these wonderful fish and why I have made my life a perpetual pursuit of fishing and saving these wonderful creatures we call Steelhead on days went I don t catch anything.

My Good friend Patrick Ross and I putting the final touches on the beautiful early winter Steelhead.

My Good friend Patrick Ross and I putting the final touches on the beautiful early winter Steelhead.

I measured my season by how many old faces I saw in my boat. By how many new connections I helped make weather it be a new client or just helping a person connect with their first chromer. By knowing I did my best everyday to help my sports enjoy my home waters. that is my measure of a season. So as this season come winding down, I am preparing for the next one…. Winter Steelhead on the West side of the Cascades. I hope you are ready too, as my calender is open and dates are filling up. let me know when your ready to get out on the water!!!!

The first winter Steelhead of last year... who is going to be first this season?

The first winter Steelhead of last year… who is going to be first this season?

Aero Head Spey Lines

Aero Heads loads like a Skagit and is easy like a Scandi

Aero Heads loads like a Skagit and is easy like a Scandi

I have recently had a lot of questions as to what, when, and why about the Aero Head.  I was also told there was a huge post on spey pages about it… I wish I had time to read the theories of other on a line I created, now open criticism that’s fine. People will always do things different then the originator intended. I don’t mind the application of alternate ideals, but I am now going to tell everyone what they are for.

A long cast found this chromer!!

A long cast found this chromer!!

I designed the Areo heads for the propose of line control and distance. I wanted a longer modern Spey line that was as easy to cast as a Scandi line but had the potential for more… much more. The taper is a line speed generating machine in itself. With the ability to generate more line speed and now coupled with a longer singular head (as opposed to the Scandi line poly leader combo) one would have at their finger tips the option for greater distance. For summer Steelhead fishing I have not yet found a smoother line…. I am bias maybe but I buy and cast every line I can get my hands on and based on comparison the is no second.

Perfect line for Perfect light!!

Perfect line for Perfect light!!

I have been able to let casters try the line out for the first almost entire floating line season. The observations that I can note to the casters goes as such:

*New casters and experienced casters love them and have no problem with the lines. The middle ground casters have the problem and from what I have seen it is not in ability but in adaptability.

*Casters wanting to take the next step love them and from a teachers point of view there is no better teaching aid for all levels of casting.

*The Aero Heads will throw almost all poly leaders, the exception is the 7.0 Rio Versi leader ( might as well use t-11) just to much for this line or most Scandi lines as well.

*There is no front loop! Front loops make turn over on long casts cumbersome. On short cast allows for smoother leader to line transfers with out a front loop. I use 30# butt section about 8″ long, some use braided loops, the choice is yours. I also build my own leaders from 25# to a tippet of 8 to 10# in almost equal sections.

*I made it a head to make easy changes for other line systems and not integrated.

Great fish for a great line!!

Great fish for a great line!!

Now here is what I have to ask you…  If you are ready to become a better, smoother, and longer caster, why have you not got your hands on one. They are sold at all great Spey shops!! If your shop does not carry them then maybe you need to ask them too. Get out fish and enjoy!!!

 

Travis