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Fishing the Frog Water

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To be a better steelhead fisherman you need to find an approach to fish the less than ideal pieces of water. Any novice can walk up to a run called “Gett’n Em 9000” and put on a show but elite anglers fish more water, better.

Soooo the frog water… steelhead typically don’t mind being around it but MAN steelheaders do. Some people just flat out refuse to fish near it and others just make their guide suffer through never-ending puzzled looks, spastic mending and embellished sighs. As much as it might seem like your guides time killing measure, the fact that you might think that has crossed his mind and yet you're still there. There's a reason.

The Water Beyond...

So a pretty decent percentage of the water we fish doesn’t swing bank to bank- I mean most of it really. So what do we do? We t...

Spring in Review

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Normally when our winter steelhead program in Haida Gwaii shuts down we get some free time to catch up on things, but this year one program rolled right into the next.  We worked with guide/outfitter Nomads of the North in Terrace BC and longtime friend Mike VanWormer (AKA VDubs).  As usual he produced incredible trips for guests lucky enough to go.  The April spring fishery worked out perfectly for us.  

Going on at the same time as this was our Kings of Spring program targeting one of the earliest chinook runs on the coast.  This can only be compared to permit fishing in its difficult nature, yet each and every fish caught and landed one was never to be forgotten.   The weather stayed pleasant, yet on the cool side and the fish were by no means easy, but they...

Getting back to single hand rods for steelhead

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If you could step into a steelhead time machine, you would probably end up fishing some of the greatest runs in history and have them all to yourself. The one thing that would surprise you as you stepped out of the time machine all wadered up is that your spey rod would have turned back in time as well and is now a single-hand rod. 

Now, single-hand rods have seen a major resurgence in the steelhead game due to some great companies like OPST and others that have designed excellent lines. Fishing a shorter line consistently all day with a nice light-sensitive rod offers many advantages. To this day, anytime we have a single-hander late in the season throwing a 24-foot, 200-grain sink tip line, they consistently out-fish everyone. The swings of a single-hand rod are very controlled, and line control on a shorter...

Stranded on a desert island with 3 rods

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Yesterday I had a conversation with a guest about spey rods, and it raised a point regarding rod selection that I thought was interesting.

He indicated that he was contemplating buying several rods, and he asked me to name my 3 “go-to” spey rods.  Immediately I resisted answering—not out of fear of sharing my rod preferences but because I know that my preferences rarely match other peoples.

What’s wrong with that?  Well if he goes with my selections, it presumes that he and I are doing the exact same kind of fishing, which implies that our needs are identical and therefore that our rods should be as well.  I knew this wasn’t the case.  No two people ever fish precisely the same waters, and even if they did it’s unlikely they would fish them in the same ways.  So whil...

It's Okay to be Drifter... but Nobody likes a Creep!

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From somewhere deep in my twisted mind is the best shirt design ever! It reads "it's okay to be a drifter... but nobody likes a creep."

 

It would have the "drifter" face of Tom Hanks from Castaway months, NO years after a haircut and beside, a close up of creepy Anthony Hopkins from Silence of the Lambs or that guy playing a banjo in Deliverance. People would probably conjure up images of drifting fish bums and creepy anglers a little too detached from society to be palatable. Well that's not what I mean here. I'm talking casting.

 

 

Creep is that thing that people standing behind you constantly remind you you're doing. Creep is that thing that you curse every time a big wide loop plunges itself on the water in front of you. Creep is a thin...

Best New Thing: OPST Commando Heads

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Best New Thing is a new section dedicated to products and services in our industry that switch up the game, make things easier or are just sweet!

 

OPST Commando Heads- How Shorter Than Super Short Isn't Too Short

So here it is... time for another installment of stuff I thought would never work... skagit heads that are shorter than already short skagit heads.

Skagit lines are great. We all love em despite our reluctance to say so while casterbating our way through spey claves and online forums. They aren’t for every situation but they sure are for many of them. They really make a guides life easy and brand new clients are often only minutes of practice away from very fishable casts. For a lot of people who learned on windcutters or midspeys (myself included), it wa...

Fisherman's 5 with James Reid

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James Reid is a highly respected bamboo rod builder from North Vancouver, British Columbia. His rods have been described as "the closest feeling to graphite out there" which despite them being all wood and proudly so, is a testemant to the ongoing research and development he has put into hollow built bamboo. We are no longer surprised at the number of his rods that come through our lodges as everyone seems to be in line for the next one.

 

Question 1: Where did your love of bamboo grow out of?

A: Well…. Once upon a time…. Nope, it’s not that good of a story! The dirt most likely….. no, no seriously. I would say that my love of fishing with bamboo came from the very first vintage bamboo rod that I ever cast. I had built...

Fisherman's 5 with Sean Johnson

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The Fisherman's 5 is a new series we are running here at Epic Waters, so keep your eye out for it in the upcoming weeks.  We will be asking folks who have been in the fishing industry for many years 5 questions to answer honestly.  Expect to hear from guides, marketing experts, casting champions, rod and reel builders and much more.  Our industry has changed a lot over the last decade and many of these people have been leading the way. 

Our first guest in the fisherman 5 is Sean Johnson who lives in Bend, Oregon and has been in the fishing industry for over 25 years.  

Sean and I guided together in Chile in the early 2000's and after that he spent many years as head guide at Kulik Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Currently Sean specializes in helping companies with...

EXPLORATIONS

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Ex-plo-ra-tion  -  To travel (in a little-known region) for discovery.  To examine (something) carefully; investigate.   Doesn’t it just send chills up and down your body to relate that word to your flyfishing adventures.  It does for me.  I can’t help it.  I once conducted an experiment.  I would ask fishers if they were given a choice of two maps; one with a possibly finding a pot of gold or the other, finding new, unfished waters with a possibility of finding fish, which map would they choose.  Every time it was the unfished waters.  What is it about discovering something never before experienced by anyone else in history that keeps fishers (climbers, sailors and so on) on the prowl for that undiscovered treasure?

I have always been on the lo...

5 terms to avoid when steelhead fishing

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The quality of your steelheading trip is typically based on expectations.  We often see anglers get so dejected from the sport that we have to put them on suicide watch, hiding all ropes, knives and pills.

To avoid depression while steelheading try to stay away from terms that can send you down the wrong path on your trip.  Trust us, an excellent method to avoiding the pitfalls of steelhead depression is to follow our list of the top 5 words to never say when fishing. 

1. "Just" 

The word "just" does not add real value to your catch and is a detriment to your pursuit. If you use the word with a guide it will surely tick him off. Remember, there is no rhyme or reason to which fish will bite, so try to avoid ever saying “oh ‘just' another 7lb steelhead”.

2. "Guarantee"

A f...

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