Joseph Rosano shares the history of steelhead fly design and development as a man who was side by side with some of the biggest names in steelhead history.  From Trey to Spey and everything in between, we dig in a bit in this one to shed light on some of the best fly innovators for steelhead.

Find out why Joseph waited 35 years to start writing about all of the great names like Sid Glasso, Harry Lemire and the rest of the gang.  Find out what it was like being on the river as the intruder revolution was beginning.


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Steelhead Fly Patterns and Design Show Notes

02:00 – George Cook was on the podcast in episode 131 and talked about the history of NW Spey casting.

04:15 – The Thunder and Lighting was the first steelhead fly Joseph used early in his steelhead fishing career.

06:40 – Trey Combs first book Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies was the first resource that had a big impact on Joseph’s steelhead future.

10:00 – The Van Fleet Steelhead To A Fly was another great resource.

11:00 – Alec Jackson was one of Joseph’s closest friends and a person who had a large impact on NW steelhead fishing.

14:00 – Joseph has written for Swing the Fly Magazine and has a new article coming out in the summer of 2020.  Plus a photo essay with the Fly Fish Journal.

22:15 – The NW Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild was the fly tying group that brought together some of the big names in steelhead out of the Washington area.

25:00 – Ken Helvie’s book, Steelhead: Fly Tying Guide, has a lot of the great patterns from the day.

26:00 – The dependable fly pattern was a good example of what came out of the guild.


29:50 – A Queen of Autumm and a Gordon are two classic flies to check out.

34:40 – John Shewey’s book on Spey Flies and Dee Flies.

35:20 – Trey Combs was on in episode 5.  We talk about the transition from Trey to the present day spey and everything in between.

37:15 – Arthur Wood was noted here and a big part of the evolution in his work Greased Line Fly Fishing.

44:10 – Dave McNeese is writing the book on Siy Glasso.

53:30 – Klaus Frimor was on the podcast and talked about underhand casting.


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Steelhead to a Fly by Clark Van Fleet

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Steelhead: Fly Tying Guide by Ken Helvie

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The Thunder and Lighting Tube Fly


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Joseph Rosano breaks down the history of steelhead fly design from Trey Combs, through Sid Glasso and into the intruder revolution.  From Trey to Spey and everything in between, this is going to be a good one.  Many new episodes have come from this one including a chat with Dave McNeese.