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Tips for winter Steelhead

Fly fishing is a game of inches, and subtleties that ultimately determines success and failure.  Actions typically need to be small, subtle, and never too exaggerated.  From casting, to mending, to fighting the fish, you need to really be in tune with your rod..  Too big of a sweep and you can blow your anchor, too big of a stroke and you get rainbow loops, and too big of a mend you will have a fly that never fishes.  Too big of a hook-set you and you will break off, and too much power on a cast will shock the rod.

My 4 year old has picked up on this aspect of life in general.  Just a “yiddle bit” he always says.  He has realized if you ask for just a little of something, you are much more likely to get what you want. It can make all the difference to him in getting a small piece of cake just as much as you getting a strong grab.  Moderation is the key to life and fly fishing.

In this video Stevie and I break down the subtleties of winter steelheading.  We asked ourselves, why do some anglers consistently catch more steelhead than others.  We have broken it down to 5 very important tips on the water.  This is a very in-depth look at the subtleties, and intricacies of being far more productive chasing winter steelhead.  Pour a scotch, lock the door, and pay attention, as we become your virtual spey guides on a day of steelheading.

The next time you rip a mend too hard, or pull a fly out of a fishes mouth, just remember what a small 4 year old would be saying to you, “Just a Yiddle bit!”

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