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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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Justin Miller hosted trip winter steelheading

Every year more and more trout fisherman are learning that they have been missing out for years not swinging flies for steelhead. However as more people are drawn to the sport, those of us that have been steelheading our entire lives have been in search of more challenging situations with a spey rod.  These are the trips that I like the most. I host trips around the world where great challenges equals great rewards.  This winter I am hosting a trip to just such a location.  

Winter...

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40 pound king salmon
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King salmon on the fly

Although people have been targeting kings on a fly for many years it is becoming quite apparent that what we thought we knew 20 years ago was mostly incorrect.  In modern fly fishing we are constantly redefining what is considered “fly water” or a “fly species” every day.  Advances in technology, techniques, and a better understanding of fish in general has allowed us to start targeting fish successfully in waters that were often overlooked or once considered impossible on the fly. 

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rainbow alley
dry fly fishing
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Rainbow Alley

We just completed our first week guiding at Rainbow Alley fishing the sockeye fry bust.  As the year old smolts migrate down river, and the fry hatchlings emerge from the gravel , the large lake rainbow trout residents move into the alley to ferociously feed.  

The fry migrate mostly in the morning and evening so we base our day around hitting the peak fishing hours.  That means an early morning fish from 6am-10am and back to camp for a hearty breakfast.  After a siesta and some...

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