Todd Hirano breaks down dry line summer steelhead fly fishing today with a step x step on Todd’s home water in the upper Willamette River.  We find out when and where to fish dry flies for steelhead and a bunch of tips that’ll help you swing one up this year.

Todd shares some tips on what todo on the comeback when a fish has hit your fly but not taken it fully.  This one is loaded with tips from one of the best anglers focused on skating dries for steelhead.


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Show Notes with Todd Hirano

11:35 – Steve on spey pages:  upstate on the fly on spey pages and the Upstate on the Flypodcast.

25:35 – The Beulah arrow head spey line has been a staple in the longer scandi head.  The Gale Force lines are also great to go with.

37:37 – I noted the John Shewey podcast episode #16

39:00 – The formula for the leader can be found at this article on surface steelhead tips

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43:10 – We noted Jeff Hickman at Fish the Swing and and the little wang fly naming.


43:45 – The bi visi bomber fly is a variation of the Bomber.

55:45 – Garoutte hitch which helps to keep the leader come out through the bottom of the hook.

56:15 – Richard Harrington’s River Rambler Podcast

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58:30 – Mike Stangeland at North Umpqua Fly Guide.

1:02:45 – Little Wang step x step and Surface Tips was in Swing the Fly Magazine

1:05:45 – Spey Pages Forum todd hirano

1:08:45 – Steve Godshall is a legend in the custom rod game and is Todd’s newest tool and 13′ 3″ Winston BTX spey and the hardy perfect pre war reels

1:10:45 – Bruce Kruk has been a good spey casting teacher for Todd.  Bruce was on the podcast in episode 152 here.  Derek Brown’s spey casting video along with Dec Hogans dvd.


1:12:45 – We talked about the OP Barbless Podcast

If you’d like a few more tips on steelhead check out this past steelhead post from the early days where I covered 10 steelhead fly fishing bonus tips.


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Top Tips for Dry Line Summer Steelhead Fly Fishing

  1. Can start fishing in May on good years
  2. Fish everything that swings well
  3. Get a little speed in the swing
  4. Cover more water with low fish numbers
  5. Use Bi-visible color for site
  6. Use the Garoutte hitch


Videos Noted in the Show

How to Tie a Bomber


Highway to Hell by AC/DC – Live 1979


Bruce Kruk Spey Casting tips


Resources Noted in the Show

S Pro swivels from Cabelas


Bill McMillan’s Book:  Dry Line Steelhead

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Read the Full Podcast Transcript Here:

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Dry Line Summer Steelhead Fly Fishing Conclusion with Todd Hirano

Todd Hirano is on the podcast to share his biggest dry line summer steelhead fly fishing tips with a focus on the upper Willamette River.  We find out why Todd loves a broadside presentation with a slower and softer run.

We find out how the Little Wang fly was developed and why Todd loves a bi-visible fly to help aid in strike detection.