fly rod history
Do you know your fly rod history in the last 100 years?  Yeah, I didn't either.  But I listened to a great podcast recently and wanted to share that with you. In this episode of Anchored with April Vokey you can here the history from Gary Loomis' perspective There are a bunch of great stories on fly rods and how graphite...
flash fly
I show you how to tie the flash fly in todays fly tying tutorial video.  The flash fly is a great summer or winter steelhead pattern.  I tie it sparse and in the traditional steelhead hair wing style. Take a look below at the video and the fly tying recipe.  It is almost entirely flashabou and super easy to tie. Click...
summer crush steelhead fly
I was reminded of the Summer Crush steelhead pattern recently and loved to my classic flies list and the fly tying challenge. Click here to see the video for the Summer Crush:   Summer Crush Fly Tying Material List Hook:  Mustad #36890 Size 4 Thread:  Black size 70 Ultra thread Tail:  Red Hackle Rib:  Medium Silver Tinsel Body: Burgundy Yarn Hackle:  Red Schlappen UnderWing:  Burgundy Bucktail OverWing:  White Calftail    
Green-Butt Skunk Dark
I show you how to tie the Green-Butt Skunk Dark in today's fly tying tutorial.  The green butt is a classic steelhead fly and today demonstrate the classic hair wing style. This fly works great swinging for summer steelhead but is an all around killer steelhead color (click here to see a post that describes steelhead fly colors). Click here to...
best winter steelhead fly colors
I wanted to share a quick article I found on the best winter steelhead fly colors from Jay at the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog. To be honest, this is a little self serving because I could have just shared this on social and it'd disappear in the long run. But, because I'm sharing it here, it will live and breath for...
spey casting tips
When was the last time you listened to a podcast or interview that really moved you to do something?  Maybe it was a video that convinced you to actually get out and take action?  How about something as simple as Spey Casting Tips? I am obviously a little weird and extreme when it comes to fly fishing but that happened...
struggle as dad
Fuck!  I struggle as a dad! I love my kids more than anything, there's no question about that. But, there are times when I just suck at dadhood.  My kids are 3 and 5 now and have more beauty and passion than I could have ever imagined. It's amazing. So why do I let work get in the way of getting outdoors with...
purple peril
We just got off the river from our annual cast and blast deer hunting and steelhead trip.  During the fishing, hunting and beer drinking we managed to get a fly tying session in.  The Purple Peril was a pattern that killed it that day and is the reason for this post. Although the deer numbers and steelhead numbers were down...
reading water
  I give up. I spent a large amount of time trying to put together the perfect blog post to answer one of my readers questions but at the end of the day I realized that it's pretty f'n simple. It doesn't take a huge article to tell you how to steelhead.  Sure there is the water speed, depth and cover keys,...
bow to the fish
One of the easiest ways to loose a fish is to get so excited that you pull the fly right out of the fish's mouth.  This is no different for steelhead.  Next time you feel a pull of a fish from a swung fly, rememer to bow to the fish. What I mean is, instead of jerking the rod to...
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