In episode 15 of the Fly Fishing show I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Charles from Hooked4life.com. Peter teaches steelhead fishing on the Grand River, one of the really classic and challenging Great Lakes Tributaries.
Peter brings a unique perspective to steelhead fishing because of the challenges of presenting a fly to steelhead in the Grand River. Peter talks about how to assure the fly is above their heads. Lot’s of great tips and perspective in this one from one of the best.
Click below to listen to my Interview with Peter Charles:
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Show Notes with Peter Charles:
03:25 – Canadian Tube Fly Company
04:15 – Peter Charles’ youtube channel with fly tying videos
05:55 – FFF Federation of Fly Fishers casting instruction
06:20 – Grand River is Peter’s home river for steelhead – Great Lakes Trib.
12:40 – Fly Fishing Film Tour
16:16 – Simon Gawesworth interview who covers using intermediate lines
22:15 – Link to the Emerald Shiner and Peter’s youtube videos
25:15 – B and C thingy is one of Peter’s goto flies
46:00 – If you catch bass in the summer then it will hold steelhead in winter
46:45 – Brown trout Weamer fly tying tutorial – This is a great fly for any species including bass and steelhead
54:00 – Larry Halyk is one of Peter’s mentors and a great fisherman
54:50 – Guideline was Peter’s first pro company
You can reach Peter at his website: Hooked4life.ca where he teaches spey casting and is a certified FFF casting instructor.
“The first thing I tell people is that a prey item doesn’t charge a predator.”
Peter is a pro for Simms, Loomis, Airflo, Shimano and the Canadian Tube Company. His skills are obvious as he talks about the research he has put together fishing for steelhead. Some of the items he notes includes the need to make sure the fly looks natural and is not threatening.
Also we chat about the need to remove as many things as we can that might cause a fish to reject a fly. For example, using too short a leader might be one major reason a fish would not be interested.
Are you thinking about how the fly swings in the water? For example, in very cold water he will use an intermediate line to cover the water effectively. He also notes that observation is an important thing to focus on before you even start fishing.
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Conclusion with Peter Charles
I wanted to give a big thank you to Peter for coming on the show and providing the great steelhead tips. He fishes for steelhead in a very challenging place I know we are all going to take away some good stuff from this one.
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