We have Trey Combs on the show today, and he’ll tell us about his latest book, Flies for Salmon & Steelhead.

We’ll also hear about his older works, like “Steelhead Trout” and “Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies.” Plus, Trey will share cool stories hanging out with legends like Harry Lemire.

Show Notes with Trey Combs on Flies For Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead. Hit play below! 👇🏻



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Episode Chapters with Trey Combs on Flies For Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead

01:17 – Trey Combs was one of the first guests we had on the podcast. He is back on the show today to update us on what he’s been up to and to talk about his latest book.

01:50 – For the past five years, Trey has been writing a book about major watersheds. However, the depressing topic of extinct steelhead races, especially in the Sacramento River area, prompted him and Tom to reevaluate and narrow the focus to a book centered around flies.

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13:00 – John Shewey‘s research in Scotland on Spey flies played a crucial role in Trey’s book project.

14:48 – Trey’s earlier books, like Steelhead Trout and Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies, were game-changers in the field.

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17:00 – Trey met Harry Lemire at a small outdoor show in Seattle during the release of Steelhead Trout.

31:16 – Trey’s new book is currently available on the market, and anyone interested in picking up a copy can visit Wild River Press.

33:43 – Trey tells us about how he injured his back while assisting a mare in labor. Interestingly, this occurred when Trey owned a seven-figure horse breeding facility in Washington.

35:12 – Trey also recounts the tale of acquiring a race boat for those who may have missed the story during our previous conversation five years ago.


54:00 – Trey talks about the decline in steelhead runs.

1:11:36 – Trey expresses optimism about the potential for steelhead conservation if people adopt a more responsible attitude towards fishing.

1:19:00 – Trey favors a dark fly, particularly one with a black wing, for summer steelhead. His go-to pattern is Frank Amato’s Night Dancer.


You can get a copy of Trey’s new book here:

Wild River Press

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 006 – Trey Combs Interview – Steelhead Flies and Fishing, Blue Water Fly Fishing

WFS 202 – Nick Lyons on Great Fly Fishing Books – Lyons Press Publishing, Tom McGuane, Ted Leeson

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Conclusion with Trey Combs on Flies For Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead

And there you have it—Trey Combs, a true fly fishing legend, sharing tales of his latest book, “Flies for Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead.” I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!