Category Archives: Spey

Kamchatka Steelhead Project

Put yourself in the final scene of this vid and you’ll see why I placed it here for you to see. Again, it’s almost August, these fish are moving in soon. This is another reminder to get those shooting heads … Continue reading

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Hatch’s $100 Nippers and Simms’ Quick Stash Lanyard . . . until death do us part

The question isn’t whether paying a hundred bucks for a pair of nippers is worth it. The question is how are you not going to lose them after you fork out the dough. Hatch’s nippers come on the heals of … Continue reading

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Haida Gwaii, British Columbia Round Two

One of the most remote steelhead outposts on earth is Haida Gwaii, which consists of two magical islands off British Columbia’s northern mainland coast. I visited the islands several years ago and vowed to return. Last week I made good … Continue reading

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Redington’s Chromer Spey: Big Hucks For A Fair Price

Whenever I travel to fish for salmon or steelhead, I like to take two sticks, one usually being some high-end rod that would make me cringe if I broke it, the other a less expensive model that’s perfectly capable of … Continue reading

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The Grand Cascapedia This Year. Why Wouldn’t You?

I’ve been here, and written about the experience several times, but I probably didn’t describe it as well as this video does. Take a few minutes and soak this one in because, well, this could be you in fewer than … Continue reading

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Mandated: Release Wild Steelhead on the Hoh, Bogachiel and Sol Duc

If you follow this blog and my writings in other places, you know that more than anything I love wild steelhead. Love the country they live in, love their life history stories, love the way these fish fight, and I … Continue reading

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Twenty Four Hours for Idaho Steelhead

Giving yourself 24 hours to catch a western steelhead isn’t exactly stacking the odds in your favor. Especially when you spend seven of those driving and eight sleeping. But that’s what I did this weekend, leaving for Idaho after coaching … Continue reading

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Skeena Steelhead Returns Dip

If you’re a steelheader you dream about British Columbia’s Skeena River system and all the great opportunities that exist there. Unfortunately, fewer steelhead have returned to the system this year, but that doesn’t mean you should cancel plans to visit. … Continue reading

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Echo Glass 7129 —The most forgiving Spey rod you’ll ever throw

Just got my hands on Echo’s new fiberglass Spey rod, the 7129 model to be specific. Actually, I got my hands on this rod in July when Red Kulper, marketing director for Echo, handed one to me and said, “You … Continue reading

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Keeping Warm on the Water: Patagonia’s Proven Capilene Layering System

I know it’s mid-May and everyone thinks we’ve turned the corner and that summer and a seemingly endless supply of 80-degree days is just about on us, but the truth is we are going to get some late spring dousings … Continue reading

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