Column: Spring, and steelhead, are here

You know when you’re watching a hunting or fishing snow on YouTube and just as it gets good a series of ads starts, but since your laptop is hooked up to your TV and across the room, you laying on the couch hoping the ads end, but they never do?    The transition between winter…

Episode 132 – Spring steelhead and trout

Fly fishing for steelhead is one of my all-time favorite things. In this episode I talk about the latest trip to the river, what I use, why I use it, and why what I use shouldn’t necessarily dictate what you do. Casting style and individual taste should drive what you end up buying but I…

Why I should hate steelhead fishing

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – After returning from a steelhead trip I tried to understand why I looked forward to hiking a long way for just a few fish, in the cold. I tried to convince myself I shouldn’t like it.  So, here’s why I should hate steelhead fishing. I don’t catch a lot of fish…

Episode 30 – Spring Steelhead Part 1

  My set up: Rod – 9’6″ 7-weight Sage Method   Reel – The Fly Shop C3LA  Line – Intouch Rio Gold Leader – FluoroFlex Steelhead/Salmon leader I also sometimes use an Echo SR Switch rod with a Ross CLA reel.

Almost next

In what will probably be my last day on the water for 2011, I stopped by the American River in Sacramento to fish for steelhead. What I got was a carcass. I started in on a heavy metaphor…2011 is the dead fish…done…dead…gone…soon to be washed away…forgotten… Then I decided to quit thinking and keep casting….

The gift of good words

One man’s off-season is another man’s steelhead season. I’d like to claim the latter, but since I have yet to swing for steelies, I must claim the former. If you’re like me, even when I do get the time to dip myself into frigid water or chilly lakes, it will still be obvious my fishing…