Ice in the Guides

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

ice in the guides 1I will be the first to admit a lot of admiration to those intrepid steelhead anglers who spend many days on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest chasing winter run steelhead. If you’ve never experienced it, fishing for winter run steelhead isn’t a sport for fair weather anglers. Even if the cold and wet doesn’t scare you off, winter steelheading isn’t just trout fishing in cold weather. It is something completely different. Although I’d caught summer run steelhead in Alaska and on the Olympic Peninsula in years past, I had never been winter steelhead fishing. I got my opportunity to try this side of our sport the day before Thanksgiving 2015.

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Classic Steelhead Flies

Guest Blogger: Eunan Hedron, Classic Fly Tyer

With steelhead season fast approaching (if not already here) in the North East I thought to tie up some classic swinging steelhead flies. I’ve made a trip to New York’s Salmon River a few times with my buddies, but missed the last couple of years. Current plans are to make another trip up there later in the fall. Previously when I’d fished that watershed, I’d used nymphs and egg flies but figured this year I’d try to swing some classics.

The flies below are well established steelhead patterns, given a modern twist, i.e. I use some different materials for the wings and body, (as indicated). All are tied on Dave McNeese Blue Heron Spey hooks, Size 3 (the smallest) – the only hook of the three in that line which is within Salmon River, NY tackle regulations (at last check). I’ll likely add a few more patterns to the box before the trip!

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