I talk winter steelhead with Rob Crandall from Water Time Outfitters.  Rob fishes Northwest Oregon and providing some great tips today including how to land steelhead, his 5 step process to catch steelhead and how to fish low and clear vs high water.

Rob shares his 3 main tips on catching more steelhead, how to manage your swing, understanding the hover and how to mend correctly.  This one is jam packed for winter steelhead so let’s get into it.  Click below to listen to the show!


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Show Notes with Rob Crandall

11:00 – Rob notes the 12′ 7 weight Sage X as his goto rod for winter steelhead.

11:10 – The Grip Shooter running line from RIO Products and the Sage Domain Reel that includes a drag number that helps when playing fish.

14:35 – Rob notes the Winter Spey Strategies video from Fly Fish TV as his best resource to dig deeper.

16:20 – Dean Finnerty was on the podcast in episode 19 and covered fishing the North Umpqua for steelhead.  Dean was also on Rob’s Winter Steelhead DVD.

18:10 – Gene Herring was the producer of the video and was on the show in episode 23.

22:00 – The Guides Choice can be found on Aqua flies and is one of Rob’s 5 patterns on Aqua.

33:30 – Korkers boots has a big spike boot that is super effective at traction.

45:00 – I noted Ed Ward in Skagit Master and how he does the loose line landing method.

54:20 – I interviewed Scott McGarva in this episode 17.  Scott talked about some of the challenges of fishing the Dean River.

1:02:30 – Mike Dooley was a big mentor for Rob and showed him a lot about being a guide.

1:11:09 – Korkers has an extreme sole with studs that Rob really loves.

1:12:15 – Like me, Rob loves a good IPA.  He loves the Bouy Beer and Bent Shovel IPA.

1:15:30 – Dave Hughes is going to be out with Rob this year to do a 3 day trip with Rob.

1:17:00 – Rick Hafele was on the show in episode 37.


You can connect with Rob at WaterTimeOutfitters.com if you have any questions about the show today.


Resources Noted in the Show

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Winter Spey Stategies DVD with Rob Crandall



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Conclusion with Rob Crandall

Rob shared some amazing tips in this one if you are focused on catching winter steelhead.  From rod control, to fly choice to mending.  I would say we pretty much covered the big points in this one.  Leave a comment below and let me know what was helpful.

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