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Basic Fly Fishing Presentation for Steelhead



~ When the water temperature drops below 40 degrees, switch to sink-tip lines.

~ You don’t have to dredge the bottom with your sinking line. It will work as long your fly is within 4 feet of the bottom.

~ Don’t swing flies in runs more than 8-feet deep because you probably can’t fish them effectively, even with a sink tip.

~ If you only have a floating line, use a sinking poly leader as a substitute. It will get your fly down deep enough in most cases.

~ When the river is getting lots of pressure, fish out-of-the-way places like pocket water, and the fringes of popular runs. You may find fish holding in unlikely places.

~ When fishing nymphs under an indicator, use a heavy fly in front like a stonefly or egg sucking leech, then trail a small nymph or an egg pattern behind it. In the spring, an egg pattern is your best bet.

prince xxx~ If there’s lots of fishing pressure, fish with smaller flies, as small as size 10. Make sure the hooks are strong enough to land a steelhead.

~ It’s never too cold to catch fish on a fly, but when the temperature drops into the mid to low 30s, dead drift flies instead of swinging them.

~If you prefer swinging flies, swing them when the water temperature is rising, which makes fish more active.


~ Learn to identify steelhead water. Steelhead hold in fairly distinct spots. Look for current that’s about walking speed with underwater structures in the form of boulders or bottom contours where deep areas turn shallow.

~ Steelhead prefer water that’s from 3 to 10 feet deep, but there’s a lot of leeway there.

~ Pay attention to seasons and conditions and know how they will affect fish. As the water gets colder, steelhead tend to like water that’s deeper and slower.

~ Learn a section of river. It’s tempting to chase rumors of a hot bite, but if you know where fish hold in a particular piece of water, you’re usually better off going there and waiting for fish to bite rather than trying unfamiliar water.

~ Be adaptive. Steelhead fishing conditions are constantly changing. If you adapt with the conditions, you will catch more fish.

~ Think presentation. No matter what tackle you’re using, how it’s presented is critical. Slower is usually better. You want your gear in front of the fish as long as possible.

~ Learn the local tactics. People tend to fish the Snake River differently than the Clearwater River or Salmon River. Tactics even change between the lower and upper Salmon River.


Matt McCrary to Talk about Frodin Tubes, January 10th…Be There!!!

Matt McCrary

Matt McCrary

Tying with Frodin Tubes

Matt McCrary of Action Anglers Guide Service will demonstrate how he ties his highly effective winter steelhead flies on Frodin tubes. As always our “Saturday’s in the Loft” clinics are free of charge and we’ll provide the refreshments.

January 10 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. at 10910 NE Halsey St.

Contact: Jack Hagan

Sponsored by Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters

May I explain: Matt is a superb guide, extraordinary spey caster, marvelous tier and student of Tube Flies and the Frodin F.I.T.S. system. Attend this class if you live near Portland. Matt is unassuming, but immensely knowledgeable source of information. Watch him tie, and some day when the wallet is flush, book a trip with him on the D or Clack.


Matt McCrary’s Magic

Transitional Tease

Transitional Tease~McCrary

Mood Swing~McCrary

Mood Swing~McCrary

Green With Envy~McCrary

Green With Envy~McCrary

McCrary Magic

McCrary Magic

My photography does not do justice to Matt’s flies. I need to improve (still), but you get the idea of how beautiful and well proportioned these flies are. Matt describes them as ‘transitional’ (Summer to Fall). Each fly is approximately 2″ long. Matt, because he is such an exceptional guide, is very busy. Yet, his mind, like all creative ‘what if’ flyfishers is always working and experimenting. He has worked with and for some of the elite of Spey flyfishing. He, now, easily occupies a special place in Spey/Steelhead flyfishing. He is humble and gifted.

08 (Matt McCrary~Spey’s New Humble Elite)

Spey's Primo~Matt McCrary

Matt McCrary by Daniel Root


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