Category Archives: Oregon Winter Steelhead Fishing

Best Steelhead Egg Patterns – Pearly Pink Egg Dart

This steelhead egg fly pattern looks a lot like Darian Hyde’s Steelhead Dart. The Pearly Pink Egg Dart fly is weighted well with the lead eyes, but you may substitute a wide variety of dumbbell eyes that are of brass … Continue reading

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Spring Break Fishing Outlook

This past weeks nasty weather brought rivers up and out of their banks. Those rivers have come back down to “fishable” conditions and this weeks trends inland and on the coast are pretty good. It’s been an outstanding Winter Steelhead … Continue reading

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Best Steelhead Egg Patterns – TRD (The Real Deal)

Love em’, hate em’ or ignore them. Egg fly patterns are always on the menu for steelhead, summer, winter, spring and fall. Fly fishers who target steelhead that are feeding selectively on eggs from a specific redd or spawning bar … Continue reading

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Best Steelhead Egg Patterns – BEE (Best Egg Ever)

This Steelhead Egg seems too simple to be effective, but that may be why it is so darn effective. The fly is small and combines a hint of orange and pink, both great steelhead egg colors. The Bead of choice … Continue reading

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Best Steelhead Egg Patterns – Low Water Wiggle Egg

Here is the scenario. Low clear water; maybe low cold clear water. The steelhead are there but they are alert to any movement they might detect along the riverbanks. They may or may not be actively feeding on loose eggs … Continue reading

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Brad’s Brat – Winter Steelhead Tie – Fly Tying Video

A search of the blogosphere and various fly tying books indicates that this fly, the Brad’s Brat, was a creation of Mr. Enos Bradner and fished extensively on the Stillaguamish River in Washington in 1937. I bet those old boys … Continue reading

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Perfect Steelhead Stonefly Nymph – Great Lakes Pink

Steelhead eat nymphs. They just do. Whether by instinct or hunger or aggression or curiosity, they eat nymphs along with rocks sticks, leaves, feathers, Styrofoam, and eggs. Scrambled mostly, if I recall the research. Great lakes fly fishers are deep … Continue reading

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Purple Steelhead Matuka Fly Tying Video

The Matuka is a fly style that apparently originated in New Zealand, using a feather wing over the body, to imitate bait-fish. Take that bit of history with a grain of salt, because it is likely that cavemen and cave … Continue reading

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Starlight Leech 2012 Winter Steelhead Fly Tying Video

Al Bunell was a friend and fellow fly tier. A man of personal class and exquisite fly tying skill. One of Al’s specialty flies was the Starlight Leech. This is my version of Al’s fly. Al left us behind during … Continue reading

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Frizzle Chenille Winter Steelhead Prawn Fly

This winter steelhead fly is an especially tasty fly in a series of a dozen that I crafted to update my traditional fly arsenal at the dawn of 2012. Prawn like flies have always been fascinating fodder for both steelhead … Continue reading

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Pink Kaufmann’s Dredger Winter Steelhead Fly Tying Video

Randall Kaufmann is one sharp fly tier and innovator. He is master at taking old patterns and blessing them with a make-over. This fly is one that Randall made magic with. It is like the Starlight Leech, the Egg Sucking … Continue reading

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Swinging flies for winter steelhead

Last weekend, I holed up at winter steelhead cabin that’s every angler’s dream. The water runs just outside back door. There is sleeping space for friends, and there’s a private slide for adventurous boaters. Rob’s friend Mariusz stayed with us, … Continue reading

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Rubber Leg Nightmare Steelhead Jig Fly Tying Video

The Nightmare Jig has earned its place in steelhead history books. It is a secret – or not. It is super effective – or not. It is a must have fly – or not. No, I’m not being funny here, … Continue reading

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Hidden Bead Steelhead Jig Fly Tying Video

The name ain’t fancy, but don’t overlook this fly when tying or fishing for steelhead. This is actually a knock-off from a steelhead fly that was/is called the Sally Fly. Wayne Doughton, of Doughton hardware in Salem Oregon, developed this … Continue reading

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Fishing alone: A Coast Range Ramble

A yellow road sign, spattered with buckshot, holes rusting through. It read: Narrow winding road, next 3 miles. More like, next 100 miles. But who’s counting? I’d gassed up on the way out of town, and the attendant said he’d … Continue reading

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