CONTEST: YOUR Top 5 Northwest Steelhead Fly Fishing Tips

I can spew info on Northwest steelhead all day, but I know my audience and some of you get to spend more time chasing chrome than I do, these days. I thought it might be interesting to know what your top tips are for Northwest steel. Share the wealth of the AT community. Bright fly/dark fly? Fish skaters? T-14 or death? The gut of the run or the tailout? Whiskey or beer? Ode to the fishing gods (you know how desperate we can become)? Early or late? Methow or John Day? Kispiox or Sustet? This could be fun so have fun with it. I’ll follow the comment thread and put a post together offering the most intriguing and possibly humorous comments. Thanks for your participation. Best set of suggestions gets a Tonic T-Shirt, either medium or large.

This awesome wild steelhead came from Haida Gwaii. Swung fly. Quick grab. Dogged fight.

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5 Responses to CONTEST: YOUR Top 5 Northwest Steelhead Fly Fishing Tips

  1. Travis says:

    1. Fish alone, catch rates go way up ;)
    2. Olympia
    3. Watch where the bait guys fish
    4. Convince yourself what/where your doing it is right
    5. Stop steelheading in Idaho, all the fish are in OR and WA
    6. Bonus: Talk to the old guys you see on the river.

  2. Gt says:

    Yea. Makes a lot o’ sense. But grip and grins can be a tough deal when fishing alone.

  3. Chase says:

    I’ll play ball:

    1. Create of steelhead calendar of run timing, openings and river notes matched with your vacation days or available weekends. (Mine focuses on the Sky and Stilly in the Summer, Wenatchee and Methow in the Fall, and Oly Peninsula in the Winter and Spring)
    2. Good, smooth presentation is more important than your choice of fly or fly color
    3. Rainier. Chilled in the river.
    4. If you’re swinging, watch where the spoon guys fish.
    5. Bookmark this website and monitor it religiously for the drop:

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