Column: Steelhead in the time of Covid-19


I was reading a book about steelhead fishing and the author mentioned using a 2-weight. Sure, if it was for those two-footers on a Lower 48 river like the Klamath, but I wondered why someone would gear down so far. Was fishing steelhead with stout gear too easy? Boring? There needed to be added adventure?

The next morning I was off chasing steelhead myself. The sun was just right and I picked up a few shapes of holding fish in the low water. Perfect. I walked upriver, waded gently and slowly and started to work toward them. Cast, swing, strip, strip, strip, backcast, haul, lay it down. No splashing the water. No extra backcast. I was dialed in.

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