Jason Osborn is on the podcast today to provide some tips and stories on flies for steelhead fishing.  We hear the story of how he came to own the Portland Fly Shop and some tips on why they have been successful. 


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Flies for Steelhead Fishing with Jason Osborn

Find out about the Kalama and how Jason used to catch fish year around on this river. Jason breaks down some tips for Skating Steelhead Flies on the Dean River and local Kalama River.


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Show Notes with Jason Osborn

Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters was Jason’s previous employer before opening up the Portland Fly Shop.

20:30 – Jason talks about Jim Teeny on the Kalama back in the day.  Teeny was the Derek Jeeter of Fly Fishing.

26:40 – The Klamath skater, the bomber and the waller waker are all good flies.

32:25 – We talk about the riffle hitch when using wet flies for waking flies.

35:15 – I @ mentioned Jason on a salmon fly skater.  a Chubby Chernobyl might be the best skater for trout as noted here.

39:50 – Steven bird was on the podcast in episode 134 to talk about trout spey in the Upper Columbia.

40:45 – Jerry French’s Camo squid

41:20 – Frank Moore was on the podcast in episode 34 and noted the skunk as one of his patterns.  I tell the story again how I picked up a nice fish on this pattern.

46:20 – Steelhead University

47:20 – The Caddis Fly Shop is a great resource online with tons of videos.


51:00 – Travis Duddles was on the podcast here.


You can find Jason at the Portland Fly Shop here.


Resources Noted in the Show

Steelhead University

steelhead university


Videos Noted in the Show

Chubby Chernobyl


Jerry French’s Camo squid


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photo via: https://www.facebook.com/theportlandflyshop/photos/a.474194642947231/722652104768149/?type=1&theater


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Conclusion on Flies for Steelhead Fishing

Jason Osborn describes the experience of opening and running a new fly shop.  Find out why he quit guiding and why the new fly shop has been successful.  We hear about the Kalama and other SW Washington rivers and how they have changed over the years

We also dig into the Dean River and how you might use waking flies for steelhead on this great river.  We also break out some skating tips for rainbow trout as well.