There is no question that this will go down as one of the best podcasts on tactics for catching steelhead on the fly. Dean Finnerty breaks down how to fish the North Umpqua in detail.
The North Umpqua, aka – Graduate school of steelhead fly fishing, is one of the most historied steelhead river in the world. We cover skating dries in the summer to getting down in the winter. Dean brings it all to the table so enjoy!
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Show Notes with Dean Finnerty
04:30 – Mark Bachman, from Fly Fish USA was one of Dean’s first mentors. Mark was working for Larry’s Sporting Goods when Dean first met him
08:30 – Frank Moore was one of Dean’s mentors and a legend on the North Umpqua. Here’s a short clip from OPB on Frank Moore
08:45 – The TU Sportsman Conservation Project
14:50 – The North Umpqua Trail allows access to the other side of the river
26:50 – Simon Gawesworth was interviewed in this podcast
28:10 – The skagit switch line from Air Flo is Dean’s goto on the North
32:15 – Scott McGarva talks about the Dean River in this podcast episode
34:45 – Peter Charles shows us how to keep your tube floating upright with this Egg shaped tube fly video
35:55 – Rainy’s flies intruder patterns – Finnerty Intruder
47:40 – Delta spey line from Air Flo
1:12:00 – Science Friday with John from WildSteelheaders.org
You can connect with Dean Finnerty by going to deanfinnerty.com.
“If you break that cadence or you break that rythm….. These fish are just like a little kid at christmas…… If you can keep that rythm and keep that cadence……. coming closer and closer to the fish, they will grab it.”
Fly Line Resource Noted in the Show
The Airflo Skagit Switch Spey Line
Conclusion with Dean Finnerty
I wanted to give a big thank you to Dean for coming on the show today. He provided some amazing tips on finding and catching steelhead on the North Umpqua.
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