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Although we fish often and share tips and anecdotal stories, we mostly embrace the simplicity of fly fishing. Our writers have a rebellious spirit and lofty objectives on and off the water.

We believe great days on the water aren’t conjured by luck. Instead, they’re a result of a process, one that can be improved upon each and every day.

We intend to influence, and progress that process for those that read our posts. Clearing the obstacles, and sorting out the confusion of a sport that connects us all to one common denominator, our passion and love of the outdoors.

Drop by once in a while and see what we are up to next.

Fishing a Short Line

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Many accomplished spey fisherman love to cast long, tight loops that sail across the river while the sun glimmers off the shimmering long belly line.  Perfect posture, effortless strokes while activating their glutes like the finest Tiger Woods golf swing in his prime.  This scene with the right light is a photographers dream.  However when the steelhead see this they typically snicker in delight.

Fishing a short line is an art form all to itself, and if you can do it correctly it will greatly diminish the amount of times someone picks your pocket in a steelhead river.  To start,...

Derek Botchford

Winter’s Spey

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It's not always necessary to have a huge fly, a heavy fly, or the latest and greatest style.  Even in winter, there are certain runs that are pretty straight forward to swing.  They’re not deep, fast or technical.  Im talking about the classic runs, the ones we’ve all read about in our steelheading bibles.  “That run" with a perfect 3 to 4 foot depth, with a sexy catwalk pace flow.  

Im talking about sun warming your fingers, water temperature on the rise, and steelhead senses going on overdrive as you step through.  That run you just know will hold a fish, perhaps even a 40” fish...

Chris George

HOW THE MOW SYSTEM CHANGED THE GAME

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I’m guilty of being a little opinionated. When I'm guiding its not a my way or the highway thing just confidence in what works and it can make everything else seem fruitless. Sinktips are no exception.

When I started swinging for steelhead, like most people I learned with “those RIO tips” and the system was so ingrained in me water was often referred to as a “type 3 spot” or a “type 8 bucket.” From slow to quick sinking these 15 foot tips covered just about every situation. Just about.

Its just another sink tip…

When I first heard about MOW tips I...

Steve Morrow

Pink Polar Tube

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The Polar Tube series is tied like most steelhead flies; to resemble nothing in particular, yet look incredibly edible. It has enough wiggle for slow currents, yet has just enough resistance to fish faster flows.  It has the attribute guides love, simplistic yet dynamic. You can work this fly at any depth in the water column with simple mends.  It drops well under a large mend, and has enough movement to fish well on a down and across shallow swing.   

It fishes well for chrome freshies close to the ocean, early season fish in fast riffles, and late season bottom hugging lunkers. ...

Chris George

Bulkley Special Fly recipe

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The name says it all really.  Its another egg sucking leech in classic Bulkley River colors.  In case you’ve never fished the Bulkley, its a bit of a goldilocks river.  The way it sets up for the swung fly in every sense is "just right". The river is just large enough to fish a fun length of line, just clear enough to see a few fish here and there.  Its just far enough up the Skeena that the fish are still bright, yet very trout like with dry flies.  I may be slightly biased since I have been guiding the Bulkley for the past 4 years, but the river is truly perfection for a spey angler...

Chris George

So you want to guide steelhead….

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Fly fishing guides are always attracted to the job initially from the misconception they will be able to fish the best and most productive waters of the world.  Although you may hear about them often from your guests, you will be hard pressed to access them yourself.  Although I did once train a guide on the Alagnak in Alaska for a 7 day float trip in which he fished the entire time instead of working.  The last day he caught a 28 inch rainbow and quit the next morning claiming he just wanted to come see the river.

Time and time again I see new guides that take every opportunity to...

Derek Botchford

OLD FRIEND AND NEW WATERS

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A few weeks ago, I had a chance to meet up with an old (actually he’s pretty young) friend to fish new waters.  Our plan A was to go to the Thompson, but it closed after the first of November.  We planned to leave on the 18th.  What to do??  I called a friend (Jeff Jarrett) in Orofino, Idaho to see what the Clearwater was doing.  He told me to get my ass up there.  So Plan B turned to the Clearwater and as it turned out, the Salmon River, in Idaho.  My friend (Justin Miller of northern California) was way up for it.  We made a meet date and time and we were on another epic fishing trip. ...

Bill Marts

FIRST DAY BLUES

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Whenever I take a steelheading or any other fishing trip, I get the First Day Blues.  I can prepare all I want and I will have a major fuck-up on my first day.  I don’t know why this happens.  I can get to my destination camp or room or lodge with all of my equipment and necessary items; clothing, camera stuff, fishing gear and toiletries.  I have everything to make a successful trip.  But I guess I get so excited to actually be where I’ve been planning for a year (more or less) that my brain goes askew and doesn’t arrange my gear and other stuff.  As much as I try to follow my list (...

Bill Marts

Twisting Feathers In Camp

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On a recent steelhead trip we were lucky enough to have some calm, warm evenings around a fly tying table and close to a campfire.  We quit fishing before dark (for a change) and got back to camp in the late afternoon.  So often, Steelheading is a schedule of up before dawn and back after dark.  If there is one thing more years on the rivers than I care to count has taught me, is to cheat on one end of the day or the other (or fish during midwinter when the days are so short).

On returning to the camp this one evening a little before a headlamp was needed, we decided to set up a...

Bill Marts

Just a Yiddle Bit

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Fly fishing is a game of inches, and subtleties that ultimately determines success.  Actions typically need to be small and never exaggerated from casting, to mending, to setting the hook and to fighting the fish.  Too big of a sweep and you can blow your anchor, too big of a stroke and you get rainbow loops, and too big of a mend you get a fly that never fishes.  To big of a hook set you and you will break off and to much power on a cast will shock the rod. 

My three year old has picked up on this aspect of life in general.  Just a “yiddle bit” he always says.  He has realized if...

Derek Botchford

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