Tag Archives: steelhead

Trading Secrets with a Bass Master, Plus a Chrome Surprise

Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

Tom admires a fine Lake St. Clair smallmouth caught in fairly cold water.
Photo courtesy JP DeRose, Breaking Boundaries

Yesterday, I was on Lake St. Clair—just outside of Detroit and Windsor, Ontario—and it was cold, rainy, and windy with water temperatures in the high 40s. If someone had asked me last week if this would. . .


Fish Facts Redux: Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

The Great Lakes fishery is incredibly prolific, though it is sometimes derided as “artificial” by those
in the Pacific Northwest because it is outside the steelhead’s native range.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

[Editor’s Note: With steelhead season coming into full swing, it seemed a good time to reacquaint folks with the species in all its glory.]

Anglers throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region have developed distinct fly-fishing cultures around fall and winter steelhead runs—some anglers dedicated to. . .


Photo of the Day: Kim Wins the Steelhead Derby. . .Again.

Written by: Will Lillard, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions

Kim has a habit of catching the best fish of the trip, no matter where she is.
Photo by Will Lillard

Our office manager/guide Kim Lawson and I found some time to take a road trip to upstate New York in search of some steelhead. It is a trip we have been meaning to do for several years now, so we hopped in our campervan and headed up to Oak Orchard Creek in western. . .


Photo Essay: A Colorado Trout Guide in Steelehead Country

Written by: Phil Monahan

Stunning wild steelhead is what the Skeena system is known for, and it didn’t disappoint.
Photo by Mark Shamburg

Though trout season in Colorado is still going strong, Reid Baker of Freestone Outfitters in Denver recently took some time and traveled north to British Columbia to chase steelhead on the world famous Skeena River system. On an ever-dwindling list of. . .


Classic Podcast: Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead

Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

In this classic episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast (from 2010), I offer three tips for fly fishing for steelhead, dealing with location, timing and, presentation. Since it is not as important, I threw in half a tip on tackle. As you’ll hear, this was the early days of this. . .


Video: Filmmaker Seeks Help to Finish Steelhead Project

Written by: Phil Monahan

Shane Anderson’s competitive skiing career came to an end after a bad crash, and he was looking for something to channel his energies and passions into. He began fishing for steelhead around his Pacific Northwest home, and he soon realized that the wild stocks were in danger. So he set out to do something about it: . . .


An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #4: Steelhead and Pacific Forage Fish

Written by: Paul Moinester

Wild steelhead populations cannot weather commercial-fishing assault on their open-ocean forage fish.
Photo courtesy Bryan Huskey

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. (Check out his introductory post here.) He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

When it comes to catching steelhead, I don’t know much. What I know is that a steely resolve as tough as the fish you’re pursuing is paramount. And a willingness to stand in the pouring rain, waste deep in frigid water, swinging flies for hours and days on end without so much as a. . .


A 1,000 Miles Campaign Update from Idaho’s Pole Creek

Written by:  R. Chad Chorney

Steelhead must travel hundreds of miles to reach Pole Creek. TU and Orvis are helping to ensure
that these gorgeous fish reach their spawning destinations.
Photo courtesy TU

[Editor’s note: Here’s an update on one of many projects being funded by the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign.]

In Idaho, chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout have all been listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. That’s the bad news.