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Why you should swing a fly through water you hate

On any given guided day you are most likely going to find yourself in a run where you really don’t like the water. Too fast, too slow, or too whatever, its a piece that if given the chance you would pass on.  Unfortunately for those of us that love to swing flies, sometimes we have to target steelhead in some water that is not an ideal swing.  That means once in a while you will have to fight your way through a head of a run that undulates your line like a heart beat monitor.  Or you will...

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2013 Bulkley/Morice year in review

The entire skeena system is famous for having steelhead that are eager to take a dry fly and the 2013 season showed us just how good it can be. It was far and away the best dry fly season in the past decade.  

The season started out well for us as the early return in the Skeena was quite good.  For a short period of time fish counts entering the system were keeping up with the last 2 years which were exceptional runs.  These early fish are typically destined for the highest tribs in...

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Trinity river steelhead
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Swinging flies for Trinity Steelhead

The Trinity River in Northern California is my home river.  I have had the pleasure of swinging flies for steelhead all the way around the Pacific rim, from California up and around through the States, BC and Alaska, and down into the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, but the Trinity always feels like home.

The Trinity, for me, is a summer run river. We fish it in the late summer and fall, when the water is gin clear and the perfect temperature. The dime bright fish enter the Klamath...

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wild steelhead
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Winter Steelhead Comeback Fly

In the summer and fall when swinging for steelhead we get a lot of first takes from fish that can be lackluster and tentative at best.  We often watch steelhead mouth a fly during the swing so softly the fisherman won’t even feel a thing.  Its amazing how delicate they can be at times. Everyone has their own techniques for a fish like this. Some count to 50 and re-cast, others take 5 steps up river and go through again. 

However if you are going to properly play the “game” their is a...

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Winter steelheading

Winter steelhead fishing on the Queen Charlottes Islands now known as Haida Gwaii.  This trip is for intermediate to advanced anglers looking to target steelhead off the grid. The rivers are small walk and wades with fish up to 20lbs. Ever dreamed of having a steelhead river to yourself and fishing under old growth 700 year old trees. This is one of the most unique destinations in North America and we will be swinging bright flies for tide fresh, trophy, wild BC steelhead. If this isn't on...

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Threats to steelhead

A 1996 study of all anadromous or ocean-going fish stocks in British Columbia and Yukon documented that 142 separate stocks or runs have already gone extinct out of a total of 9,662. In the United States, which has endured far more human impacts to Steelhead and salmon rivers and their watersheds, have lost over 400 indigenous stocks (29%) of the 1400 that originally existed. The majority of remaining native salmon and steelhead runs are endangered or highly threatened with vanishing forever...

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