The Binary Language of Steelhead Fly Fishing

The long but anticipated connection.

The long but anticipated connection.

Steelhead, oh Steelhead….What a crazy fish. Might drive a person crazy, I know I already am. For the past two years thing is the Steelhead world have been a bit tough. Sometimes it has seemed luck was the only real way to find any success. Of course having fewer fish does not help, but there is more to it then that. The pursuit of a completely reactionary anadromas rainbow trout, who is turn off and or put down by any and seemingly everything. The water is too hot, the water is too cold, the sun is in there eyes, the water is off color, the water is too clear, the barometer is changing, full moon phase is in effect, too much angling pressure, you pick the one or common ones you hear or have used. To think any of us are deserving might be another pipe dream.

Even hatchery fish have their days where the stars align.

Even hatchery fish have their days where the stars align.

On the list of fish species that are difficult to catch on a fly, steelhead might not make the top ten. I would wager that Permit would be the top of most lists. Permit are even more crazy is that those fish are actually actively feeding. Now for the reality of the Steelhead picture to take hold, Steelhead are not really returning to the rivers to feed. The animal may not even have a clue other than hormonally or chemically they feel the call of ancestral past to push them to swim up river. Now  from the anglers view, The Steelhead needs to be in the taking mood the day I am going to be there, and be in the runs I fish, and find my fly and eat it because I drove here. Not be mean or break some peoples pride, but it seems like to fish are responsible for doing a lot of the needed work. As a guide my job is to facilitate the amount of variables and help to connect the angler to the fish, again I rely on the Steelheads reactive presents.

One of my favorite so called reasons for Steelhead not to eat flies.

One of my favorite so called reasons for Steelhead not to eat flies.

So with all this positive information I am writing down I have more to say. The only reason some of us know the past couple years have been off is because we have seen and fished in good years. We learn good from bad based on experience and after a couple days with the wonderful Peter Hayes. A fellow guide and great caster who told asked me if I knew what an experience was? Telling him maybe not his definition, he then told me “An experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want”. After Steelhead fishing for the better part of my lifetime, I can tell you I have had a lot of experience.

A Steelhead hardened angler chooses a new from of ammunition.

A Steelhead hardened angler chooses a new from of ammunition.

Better years will come and great days to follow, but remember your only in control of a couple of things and the Steelhead no matter how many or few might take control of their end of the bargain some day. Until then we are left with days of 1’s and 0’s the binary language of these amazing and highly addictive fish.

As crazy as these creatures can drive us, their beauty and mystery will always bring us back for more.

As crazy as these creatures can drive us, their beauty and mystery will always bring us back for more.

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!!

Looking Forward to 2016

Kimsquit Bay Lodge

This years new adventure!!

Kimsquit Bay Lodge

Life cant get better than this!! what a place and what a week it will be!

 

Just like that 2015 is basically gone. In the blink of an eye the seasons have come full circle and we stand at the brink of a new year. Many thing have happened in my life of the past year and I am looking forward to seeing what the next year has to offer not only AWA, but what we at All Waters Angling have to offer you.

Texas RedfishTrip

A great saltwater trip for the expert and the novice saltwater fly angler!!

Texas Redfish Trip

Not everything on the flats are Redfish!!

First off we Have added an events page to the site. This will help to keep you informed about upcoming casting classes and locations as well as the hosted travel for the year. If you have any questions on any of the events don’t hesitate to shoot an email over to me. The Dean trip and the yearly Redfish trip are already up and  more thing to come.

All things in this photo are perfect!!

All things in this photo are perfect!!

Hope you all get out and find a few like this one!!

Hope you all get out and find a few like this one!!

Second thing, Trout dates are going fast and fall steelhead dates faster. If you want to get days on the books no time like the present. We always do the best we can to accommodate the dates we have to work with so don’t think we cant fit you in.

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

The chromers are coming!! Are you ready??

Could not have painted a picture of a better place and time to hook Iains first steelhead!!

Could not have painted a picture of a better place and time to hook Iains first steelhead!!

Lastly we are trying to put some hosted Spey school together with myself and some other celebrity casters. more to come on these as things unfold. I am super excited for them so I am sure you will be as well. Stay tuned updates will be up as fast as we get the details figured out. Hope every body had a wonderful holiday and got all types of new fishing equipment!!! Winter steelhead are around so don’t forget we can go chase those too!!!