Fly Fishing

Steelhead Habits and Behavior by Michael Steiner

Steelhead require much the same cover and structure as trout, so logs, overhanging branches, deep pools or fast riffles may be prime areas to focus your attention. Now that we’re starting to think like fish, we have to understand the priorities of steelhead once they reach the river. Their goals are to feed and to travel up-river as far as ... Read More »

The Ultimate Fly Fishing Experience by Michael Steiner

Soda Butte Creek was our first stop.  We decided to fish the meadow sections downstream from Icebox canyon. I was told by a friend to start at the actual Soda Butte, since you can’t miss it.  It’s a big mound of calcium carbonate formed more than a century ago by a hot spring. The first morning was a little cold ... Read More »

Jig Fishing for Steelhead part 1 by Dave Gantman

Why I Fish Jigs It was a cool and cloudy morning on the South Umpqua River, Oregon. I was with my friend Chris Burt, an avid steelhead and salmon fisherman. On this morning, Chris had invited me to join him on a stretch of water that I had never fished before. I was excited knowing that we were to use ... Read More »

Jig Fishing Series Float Fishing Jigs, Part 2 by Dave Gantman

Why Fish Jigs? The ultimate goal in the pursuit of any species is to catch more and bigger fish using the most simple and effective method possible. For steelhead, float fishing is widely considered to be just that.  In the previous article, I explained that success in steelhead fishing is about increasing percentages during time spent on the water, as ... Read More »

Sockeye on the Fly by Dake Schmidt

One of the best places to target red salmon is the Pasagshak River, a 30 mile drive from town. The scenic drive along the coast is impressive. Lush green mountains rise from sea level, while bright chrome sockeye cruise the bay, jumping from time to time, announcing their presence. In Kodiak, sight fishing is king and without a good pair ... Read More »

Guppies Of Today by Heather Seitz

The anticipation of my father coming home from work, knowing we would be setting off on another new adventure together on the streams of Centre County Pennsylvania, is something I will cherish forever. Looking back on my life, these most amazing experiences are among my fondest childhood memories. The love of the outdoors has brought me such great pleasure over ... Read More »

High Water in Steelhead Alley by Mike Steiner

When I arrive at the stream and find a good flow and the perfect color, I may use the same flies but increase the sizes a bit. Instead of a size #14, go with #12—same with the dropper, bump it up to #14. Also you may want to increase your tippet diameter. I suggest fishing with the heaviest tippet that ... Read More »