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...



Saturday Shoutout / 4 Is Enough

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Brian O’Keefe has something on his mind and it isn’t how many steelhead he can catch. This article from Wild Steelheaders United might just be the birth of a movement. At a meeting of folks interested in steelhead conservation, Brian stood up and declared, “Four is...



Wild Steelhead on the Menu?

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By Alex Lovett-Woodsum The latest assault on our fisheries? Seafood Watch recommends eating wild OP steelhead. In the latest of a series of truly baffling assaults on our country’s precious natural resources, Seafood Watch—a program initiated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to encourage responsible consumer seafood choices—just...



Saturday Shoutout / Fall Run

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My favorite steelhead video. This video, by Todd Moen, is not new but I still love it as much as the first time I saw it. Anglers Jakob Lund and my good friend Jeff Hickman put on a steelhead clinic on the upper Clackamus, including the...