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Spey Fishing

November steelheading on the Skeena

It is easy to label November and December in the Skeena drainage as ‘late’ or ‘shoulder season’ times for steelhead. After all, they exist in the massive shadow of its famous summer-run fisheries where, over several months, big, aggressive fish enter the river and push upstream in some of the warmest water temperatures of the year. The traditional steelhead narrative indicates that with cold water, the fish slow down. The annual Augu...

Fishing the Frog Water

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 t...

Spring in Review

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....

Getting back to single hand rods for steelhead

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 gr...

Stranded on a desert island with 3 rods

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.

Wha...

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