Category Archives: Summer Steelhead

Summer Steelhead Fly Fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette Improving

Cooler weather is headed our way this weekend and early next week. Water levels and temperatures are ideal for swinging classic wet flies for Summer Steelhead. Try Green Butt Silver Hilton’s, Hartwick’s Silent Assassin, and Reverse Marabou Leech’s.

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Rogue River Juicy Bug Fly Tying Video

Fall brings “half pounders” or one salt Steelhead into the Rogue River. Tony demonstrates how to tie a simple Juicy Bug pattern designed to catch these willing and exciting micro Steelhead. Feel free to use a single hook for the … Continue reading

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Green Butt Skunk Variation Fly Tying Video

In this video Tony ties a Green Butt Skunk variation. The flies design developed from wanting a “low water” tie with fast sinking qualities. You can certainly use a sinking tip with this pattern but a Scandi Head and a … Continue reading

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Steelhead October Caddis Wet Fly Tying Video

Fall Caddis are soon to be a key insect for anglers fly fishing for trout. Summer Steelhead, some that may have been in the river since May also dine on October Caddis. In this video Mike Brooks demonstrates how to … Continue reading

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Is Fall Fishing Here Yet?

It’s been hot lately and fishing has slowed a bit locally. Steelheading on the McKenzie and Willamette has been a first light endeavour and even then it’s been a bit tough. Trout fishing has been best in the evening with … Continue reading

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Shedlock Spider Fly Tying Video

We continue to work on our favorite late Summer and Fall Steelhead patterns. Mike Brooks shows off a fly he has caught fish with on the swing or dead drift. The fly has a combo “egg/October Caddis” representation that fish … Continue reading

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Silver Hilton Spider Fly Tying Video

Mike Brooks demonstrates how to tie a simple Silver Hilton Spider Summer Steelhead pattern. We like this pattern on the Willamette and Deschutes from July on through the Fall. Silver Hilton Spider Hook: Gamakatsu T10-6H # 6 Thread: Danville 6/0 … Continue reading

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Micro Polar Peril Fly Tying Video

The Micro Polar Peril is a Deschutes inspired Summer Steelhead Pattern. Fish it down and across on a floating line or short sink tip. Various color combinations using a floss body and Micro Polar Chenille look great. Using a Cautery … Continue reading

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Olive Garden Hackle Variant Fly Tying Video

In this video Tony Torrence ties his version of a Dec Hogan fly pattern called the Garden Hackle. The fly uses natural and very attainable materials that have “spey fly like” qualities. Tony demonstrates how to use a Dubbing whirler, … Continue reading

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Hot Head Summer Steelhead Tube Fly Tying Video

Summer Steelhead fishing has been excellent on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers of late. With our run size nearing 24,000 fish over Willamette Falls there are plenty of Steelhead around. One of our favorite and most effective fly styles the … Continue reading

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Local Steelheading is Red Hot

We have now exceeded last years run size for Summer Steelhead over Willamette Falls. The Willamette from Dexter Dam to the confluence of the McKenzie is fishing great for Summer Steelhead. Swing flies on floating lines and sink tips in … Continue reading

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Steelhead on the 4th of July

The head coach of the Utah Women’s Basketball Team, Anthony Levrets, was in my boat last year on July 5th chasing Steelhead. Both he and his wife Sarah grew up in Oregon, have family in the area, and visit our … Continue reading

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Steelhead Spawning in the Elwha

On the heels of yesterday’s sneak peek of DamNation comes word from the Seattle Times that steelhead have been spotted spawning in the previously inaccessible stretches of the Elwha River above the dam removal site. For the first time in … Continue reading

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Steelhead in Town

Greg Hatten who recently ran his drift boat down the Colorado, yes that’s the one with Lava Falls and giant rafts brings us this local report. You can see more about Greg’s journey down the Colorado here. Father & son … Continue reading

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Local Steelheading Heating Up

The Willamette and McKenzie Rivers have both dropped into near ideal shape for swinging flies for steelhead. Fish counts over Willamette Falls are off the charts. And new Sage ONE spey rods are beginning to trickle into the shop. The … Continue reading

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