Sunday Classic / For Steelhead, The Swing Is The Thing…Or Is It?

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WHEN SWINGING FLIES FOR STEELHEAD, HOW IMPORTANT IS MANAGING THAT SWING? It seems like a simple question. I know how I feel about it, but when you start talking to folks about it you get surprisingly different opinions. I've been told it doesn't matter and I've...



Saturday Shoutout / Smoke on the Water

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Fire, Water and Steel on the Deschutes River. I just returned from the G&G Steelhead Camp on the Deschutes River in Oregon.  You may already know that the river was at the heart of a huge wild fire just a month ago. That didn’t stop my...



Deschutes Steelhead Update

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Things are looking up for this season’s steelheading on the Deschutes. Last year was an interesting one for Deschutes steelhead anglers. Between the fires and low numbers of returning fish, a lot of anglers decided to sit the season out. It was nice having the river...



Spey Casting Diagnostics Checklist

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By Jeff Hickman SPEY CASTING IS A PROCESS REQUIRING SEVERAL STEPS TO BE FULLY COMPLETED IN A SEQUENCE. To effectively and consistently make good spey casts you need to focus on these steps, especially when learning. But even veteran and advanced two-handed casters also need to focus...



Speyitis

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By Jeff Hickman THE MOST COMMON FISHING PROBLEM I SEE AMONG SPEY FISHERS WHO CAN CAST WELL IS OVER CASTING. I refer to this plague as Speyitis. Just because you can cast all the way across the river doesn't mean that you should all the time. I...