Spring Steel……

Ahhhh, spring time. What a beautiful time of the year, the snow is melting (in some places) the temperatures are warming and the days are getting longer.

Of course this also means spring steelhead! If I were back home we would be fishing for a mix of drop backs and fresh fish coming into the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. But, I was in British Columbia. British Columbia!! Swinging flies for Steelhead!!!!

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I met up with James Reid , a very talented bamboo rod maker, and we did a bit of fishing and attended the Squamish Spey Clave. I met a lot of great people, and I’m sure some of the guys began to think other wise of me once the adult beverages started flowing at night. That’s another story for another time that will probably never be told.

Anyways, I ate some great food at a little place called Fergie’s (right on the Cheakamus, eat there! It’s worth it!), casted some of James’ sweet bamboo Spey sticks and even got some fishing in.

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James and I fished a couple days after the clave on the Squamish and Vedder Rivers. We managed some bull trout, but no steel. What can you do?! After visiting James’ shop, we had a beer or two, casted some single handers out in the lot and the next day I packed up and headed for Terrace, BC.

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I met up with a local fellow water frother in Terrace, and he showed me around a bit. The first day in town I floated the Kitimat for a short stretch and met up with him after work for some fishing on the lower stretch. I would go a few days with only a few tugs from trout. Then finally it happened. I hooked and landed my first wild British Columbia steelhead.

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That would be the only steelhead I would tangle with my whole trip. I fished the Kalum and main stem Skeena during my trip. I saw some great water and scenery and met some great people. One gentleman I fished with had a killer technique free drift bottom bouncing. He managed fish every time we went out. One day he hit seven over the course of the day and even managed fish on back to back casts. No one ever said swinging would be easy.

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After Terrace I headed over to Bob Clay’s place (Riverwatch Bamboo Rods), another great bamboo rod maker who lives on the Kispiox River in Hazleton, BC. I own one of Bob and James’ Spey rods and They are works of art and very excellent casting instruments.

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Bob and his wife Kathy treated me to some home made soup and great conversation. Bob also showed me around his shop as well as showed me what he was currently working on. He has some very unique ideas with his new composite ferrule connections he is working on. I’m sure he will get them dialed in and have them working like a charm in no time. His shop was like seeing how a mad scientist works, except Bob creates exquisite bamboo single hand and Spey rods. They are a joy to fish that’s for sure.

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After I left Bob’s shop I headed out to my new home.

Alas, I arrived. Only 320 more miles to Anchorage. I can’t wait to get a line wet and see what Alaska has to offer.

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You can never have enough…..

Lately I have been getting ready for my big move and my trek across the country up into British Columbia, then finally onto Alaska. Of course no steelhead fisherman is just going to pass up all that great water in BC.

When I’m not busy running around getting things ready for the move, I have been feverishly cranking out as many tasty looking morsels for the steelhead as I can. Here is just a small sample of what I have been tying lately.

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Molon Labe

Molon Labe. Two simple words that mean so much.

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With the tragic and cowardly shootings that occurred in Newtown, CT the gun grabbers are chomping at the bit to be heard and enforce new legislation. Possibly even ban guns.

A gun ban is highly unlikely and nearly impossible. As I sit here listening to a talk show from the left (I won’t say the name, but it rhymes with the morning Joe) I can’t help but be disgusted with the out right lies and propaganda they are spewing. Unfortunately you can’t expect much from the lame stream media.

The LSM (lame stream media) absolutely loves to exploit tragedy. “Never let a crisis go to waste” you know. The misinformation they put out to their audience is expected, especially since most of them probably know little to nothing about fire arms.

Fact is the coward in Newtown used STOLEN weapons purchased legally by his Mother. I keep hearing all this talk about “assault weapons” and wanting to ban them. The only difference between an “assault rifle” and hunting rifle in the same caliber are aesthetics.

Here is the evil AR-15 style “assault rifle”.

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Here is the Ruger Ranch Mini 14 in the same caliber. (That’s bullet size for you lost souls. .223/5.56 to be exact)

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Connecticut already has strict gun legislation in place and the killer was denied the purchase of a firearm. More gun legislation as always will make it harder for law abiding citizens to obtain fire arms and easier for criminals.

How safe are cities like Chicago, DC, and NYC? Those cities either have gun bans or very strict gun laws. Yet crime is still rampant and so are guns, ILLEGAL GUNS.

Do some homework and stop believing everything you hear coming from that glowing screen in front of you.

MOLON LABE!

Forums.

I belong to a couple fishing forums, and I’ve been banned from a few fishing forums. I know right?! Who would want to ban a guy with such witty comments and intellect.

Anyways, I just had to touch on the fact that there are a lot of baby back bitches on a lot of these forums out there. I’m not talking about just fishing forums. This can be any forum. You guys know what I’m talking about. Now, granted I can be a bit of an instigator, but what can I say? I like getting a rise out of people. But, I have noticed something. Call me crazy, but most of the sensitive people who get offended when you call them out or make a comment they don’t like are usually limp wrist liberals. Coincidence? I think not.

Just a swinging……

The salmon run is almost over and the last remaining salmon are all but zombies.

With attention turned to slabs of chrome myself and many others have been swinging for dime bright silver bullets. Needless to say swinging flies for steelhead can involve a lot of casting and a lot less head shakes.

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With enough perseverance and commitment (and time on the water with a rod in your hand) you will eventually tangle with one of these power packed chromers.

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If there is one thing I have learned from swinging for steelhead it is that flies that take longer to tie (married wings) look great, but don’t get as much attention as the simple maribou and rabbit strip flies. Of course this could all be in my head, but I consistently get more takes from fish using flies that have a lot of action in the water.

I will just let the results speak for themselves. I will keep swinging married wings in hopes that I can take some good fish on one eventually. For now I will let the simple flies do most of the swimming and sore lipping.

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