After a few months now making connections with many amazing people online and offline, I’m ready to post an article that pays respect to everyone through this epic fly fishing round-up post.
I’ve been asking a lot of questions over the last few months and been trying to provide huge value to you every day. This post is a summary of the connections and resources I have curated and created.
I have some results to share with you as well………
First, to the question, what is the best steelhead resource for people just getting started in steelhead fly fishing? I’ll answer that below and let you know a few of the people I reached out to along the way.
Secondly, I have been talking to and connecting with a bunch of other people and want to share a few of those connections I have made. Not on the list? Hey, just click here and introduce yourself.
Thirdly, I have been linking out, in my articles, to another group of great people and want to show my appreciation and connect you with them.
Fourthly……. Yes, forthly. I wanted to show you another popular section – Fly Fishing Tip of the Day. You can find a summary of these at the bottom of this post.
So, as you can see, there are going to be a bunch of shout-outs here. Shout-outs that I think will help you become a better fisherman. If I’ve been able to connect with these folks, chances are you can to. Let’s get started!
Oh, yeah and before I get started – here’s a link to the new expert fly fishing interview series.
The Best Steelhead Resource
I’ve been reaching out to experts in steelhead fly fishing and asking them what is one resource you would recommend for someone just getting started with steelhead fishing. One book, video or online resource that would be huge for someone just getting into steelheading. The answer…….?
Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan was the #1 recommended resource from the majority of people I talked to.
There were a few other books, videos or online resources that made the top 5, but none more frequently than Passion for Steelhead.
Other books, videos or online resources that made the list:
- Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs
- The Essence of Flycasting by Mel Krieger
- Steelhead to a Fly by Clark C. Van Fleet
- Fisherman’s Fall by Roderick Haig-Brown
- Classic steelhead flies by John Shewey
- Complete Steelheader by John Larison
- Introduction to Speycasting by John and Amy Hazel
- Skagit Master Series DVD’s by Jeff Mishler, et al.
- Big Stick Forum
- Spey Pages
- Steelhead Dreams by Matt Supinski
- Greased Line Fly Fishing by Jock Scott
- RIO Modern Spey Casting DVD Series
I wanted to provide a short list of some of the great people I talked to who provided their recommended resources. All of these people took a little time out of their day to respond and I appreciate that very much.
Special Fly Fishing Connections
Now that I have laid out one of the best resources you can read – A Passion for Steelhead – You should be ready to see some other great resources – THE PEOPLE THAT PROVIDED CONTENT AND INSPIRATION FOR ME!
Here’s a list of my recent articles written and links to sites that provided information.
Curated Fly Fishing Resources
Why I Turned to the Darkside and Now use a Spey Rod
- Steve Rajeff
- RIO on Choosing a Line
- Henrik Mortensen Scandi Video
10 Proven Steelhead Fly Fishing Tips and the Wet Fly Swing
Top 10 Fly Fishing Tips on Reading Water
The 4 P’s of Succesful Fly Fisherman
Other people I connecte with along the way:
Did I miss anyone. Might be the ADD 😉 Click here if I haven’t connected with you yet.
I’ve had a really popular section on the blog recently – Fly Fishing Tip of the Day. I’ve included a round-up of a few of those posts below to give you a flavor. What do you think? Would you like more? Click on the link at the bottom to get them delivered to your inbox.
Fly Fishing Tips of the Day
- The Hang Down
- The Open Clinch Knot
- Bow to the Fish
- The Shock Loop
- Sharpen Your Hook
- Tape Your Spey
- Quit False Casting
- Smaller Fly Patterns
- Wind Knots and Cracks
- Add a Little Flash
- Mend the Line
Epic Fly Fishing Conclusion
So, how do I go about concluding a post like this? I could give you a call to action or remind you how to get this information delivered directly to you? For this epic fly fishing round-up post though……
I’m just going to say THANK YOU! Thank you for saying hi, for leaving a message, for commenting and for a social share. Thank you for spending a little time with me at this new place that I call home.
I really hope that this site is something that you can call an EPIC FLY FISHING resource for you down the line. It’s new and fresh now so, I’ve still got a lot of work to do! So, I’m going to have to get back to it now. CHEERS – DAVE
And if you’re interested in the right spey rod for steelhead, Click here to see the Echo Spey Rod that has helped me drastically improve my spey cast and find more steelhead at a super reasonable cost (You also get a free spey line if you pickup the Echo Spey). By the way, the link above is an affiliate link, which means I earn a commission if you do end up purchasing through that link. It’s at no extra cost to you, and please if you have any questions related to this product, please let me know and I’d be happy to answer them for you.
Congrats, Dave, on your launch. I know a lot of work went into finally pulling the trigger on this.
Thanks Buddy! Yeah, it has been a ton of work, but it has been even more fun. Building something like this with the small community that has been built is what it’s all about for me. I’ve got bigger things coming up for the second half of the year. Let me know if you have a chance to check out the new audio interview series.
For the past year, I’ve slowly been trying to grow my outdoor website. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been envious of your site. When it comes to fishing, I’m mainly a trout fly fisherman in the Rocky Mountains, but still find your site very interesting. I truly admire the dedication and hard work that you have clearly put into your website.
Wow, Derek! I really appreciate the feedback and love that the site is resonating with others who aren’t focused on steelhead. The one thing I’ve learned about being online is to forget about scaling the site. Just focus on every single person as though they’re your only audience. Build a small group of raving fans who you serve everyday and all things will work out. If I can get one person into their first steelhead this year….. I’ve been successful.
Yay Dave!! It is so awesome to see you putting up all this great content! It’s funny, the other day my dad and I were driving up in Washington and there was a sign that mentioned some type of fish, and my dad I had no idea what it was talking about, but the first thing I thought was, “I bet Dave would know all about that.” You are definitely a person with a vast wealth of knowledge and I’m so glad you’re taking the time to share that with all of us! Keep at it!
Yeah, it’s kind of my passion for better or worse. I have found that the more I write and produce content, the more I realize I chose the right niche to dive into. It will be fun to put some of my other projects out there for you and the world to see. Get feedback, make it better and then test it. The question I always think about is: What would I have wanted when I was starting out and struggling to catch fish. Answering that question goes a long way and mixed with personal conversations, I’ll get there.
Awesome work, makes me want to try and find time to go learn fly fishing when I’m in the United States, I’ve just started a website style thing on fishing http://www.fishingmaniactips.com, its just at starting progress, hopefully I can get it upto your level and also get into some fly fishing haha.
Im going to keep returning to this site.
Thanks Otis. Stay in touch and great job on the website.