Swinging Tandem Flies For Steelhead

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By Louis Cahill Most anglers successfully fish teams of flies for trout. Why not for their anadromous cousins? I was introduced to this idea by a good friend who is one of the fishiest guys I know. When swinging traditional flies on a floating line he always...



Steelhead, Karma and the Art of Showing Up

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I know of no more mystifying fish than the steelhead. Everything about anadromous steelhead is a mystery. An esoteric exercise in chaos theory beginning with an inexplicable choice to swim to the ocean and ending with an equally mystifying decision to eat a swung fly. The...



A Conversation With April Vokey

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April Vokey is one of the most recognized, and sometimes controversial figures in fly-fishing. Few anglers have been thrust into the limelight in quite the same way as April Vokey. April is the first to admit that she asked for it, but it hasn’t always been...



Winter Steelhead, Consistency Is King

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Let’s be honest, winter steelheading is a pretty tough game. Summer runs can get downright giddy in comparison to the cold, dark days of winter. Swinging flies in tough conditions, for migrating fish whose numbers are small, when they are there at all, is just not...



Steelhead Flies, Half As Much

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By Louis Cahill WHEN THE RAIN WON’T STOP, THE LIGHT IS FAILING AND THE RIVER SWELLING, STEEL HEADERS DRINK WHISKY AND STARE DARKLY INTO THEIR FLY BOXES. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but we all do it. I spent an evening like this with a group of...