Category Archives: Spey

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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RIO’s Fly Line Selector App for Spey

I’ve been going through mounds of fly lines and shooting heads and running lines and it’s all so confusing, man. Can’t remember which lines go with which reels and which rods throw them best. Should have taken better notes. Now … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2015—Another Search for Skagit Steelhead

Ok, technically, I fished western Washington’s Skagit River system on December 29, not on the first day of 2015, but it felt more like an introduction to the new year than a wrap up of the past. That’s because there … Continue reading

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You Write The Caption-4

A few years ago I spent a week on Alaska’s Kanektok River southwest of Bethel, fishing for kings with two handed rods. The kings were sparse to say the least, but we managed one brute, lost another, and still had … Continue reading

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Steelhead Essay Contest

Hey scribes, here’s a great way to see where you stand with your literary skills, but you better hone that pencil tip soon. That’s because Trout Unlimited just launched a writing contest about wild steelhead with entries due November 11. … Continue reading

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Idaho’s B-Run Steelhead to Arrive in Good Numbers

If you haven’t already been slinging for Idaho steelhead, you may want to do so soon. October is prime time on the Snake and Clearwater rivers and it can be pretty good on the Salmon, too. According to managers, the … Continue reading

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Deschutes Steelhead Turns On

Got some reports of late from Oregon’s legendary Deschutes, and although fishing can be hit or miss any day of the season, right now there are plenty of hits being had. One friend said he fished the mouth recently and … Continue reading

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