Swing For The Fence On Every Cast

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By Louis Cahill After four days swinging flies in dirty water without a pull it's easy to lose faith. I faced some pretty tough conditions on a recent trip to the Dean River in British Columbia. Heavy rain turned the river into a raging mess of mud...



How hard is your guide working for you?

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A GOOD GUIDE WILL DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO PUT THEIR CLIENT ON FISH, BUT DAMN! Jeff Hickman ran into a little problem while guiding Nate DeVol on the Deschutes River in Oregon. Jeff put Nate on a sweet run where he'd been finding steelhead. A...



Just When You Think Your Dialed In

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IT'S A NINETEEN HOUR DRIVE AND A THIRTY MINUTE WALK TO THE SPOT WHERE THE SYCAMORE TREE IS DOWN ACROSS THE RIVER, MAKING THAT SWEET SEAM. Flies are tied in the truck on the drive up. The color and size that worked last year but with...



Crazy Water on the Dean

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You will be reading more in the coming weeks about my trip to British Columbia to fish the Dean River. In every post I will likely mention the tough fishing conditions. In order for you to really understand what I mean by "tough fishing conditions" I...



Nets, Go Big or Go Home

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I received an email from a reader the other day asking advice on steelhead nets. I thought it was a topic worth some discussion. We put a lot of thought into rods, reels, lines and flies but often the piece of equipment that seals the...