First timer

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Harry Richardson, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. I wanna try my hand at going for steelhead for the first time ever. I have a solid 8wt rod with good sinking line. What I dont have is much knowledge of other equipment I may need. What sort of leader/tippet should I use? Particular flies? Pretty much anything would help me. Thank you guys!
  2. where do you live?
  3. ill take u fishing
  4. Harry,

    If you don't have any more or know any more than what you presented in your post, then the first and best thing you could do for yourself is get to a fly shop and buy a couple books on fly fishing for steelhead and read them to obtain some basic information.

    I've worked on a "steelheading 101" concept for years, but it's way to long to write it out or attempt to post it here.

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  5. I live in Ballard right now, and just moved here. I'll check out some of those books, I know its a great fish and I dont want to be irresponsible about fishing for them. I may take you up on that Mr. Bassturds!
  6. Okay Salmo-G What books would you recommend?
    From another fisherman who's never hooked a steelhead
    I'd need to order them online as I have no nearby fly shop.
  7. You're not far from Pacific Fly Fishers. One of the best shops around too!
  8. Thanks Evan. I was told (after the one in Monroe closed) that there were none in our area.
    I don't like driving into Seattle and the one in Granite Falls always seems to be closed.
    I'll have to check them out.
  9. Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs is one book I would suggest.
  10. A Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan got me moving in the right direction...
  11. Bomb it out mid stream at a slight downstream angle. Let it swing until it is about parallel with you. Strip, strip, strip. Repeat. Do that about 8,000-10,000 times over the next 6 months and you're bound to stick at least one, but some people go years before it happens. Steelheading is a game a patience and effort. Most of us are sick in the head to put that much work into a fish but it makes it oh so sweet when it happens. Your best bet is linking up with some of these guys and asking questions until their ears fall off. Welcome to the game and best of luck to you!
  12. I'm on about cast 6759 not to far to go before another take
  13. They should make a pedometer for fly rods.
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  14. Speaking of the Trey Combs book, anybody check the prices recently on EBay?!! My copy is completely worn out and in about 5 pieces. I thought I would be able to buy a replacement and my jaw just about hit the floor. The cheapest one about a month ago was $300! I'm not saying its still not worth every penny but I'll just have to work with the copy I have for now. I just checked now and there is only one copy, signed for $295 hardcover. Might be a good investment:)
  15. A castometer
  16. Am I the only one who didn't find the Trey Combs book to be "all that?"
  17. I learned more in a couple days on the river with successful people than I have in a lifetime of reading..
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  18. Evan,

    No, you're not. It's not a "how-to" book. Neither is Dec's IMO.

    The closest to just plain how to do it that I recall is Deke Meyer's Advanced Steelhead Fly Fishing, or something like that. Or as Charles mentioned, there is more combined steelhead how to do it wisdom in the collective posts of some of us regulars on this forum. If I were a computer whiz, I'd search this site and compile it all and stick it in the articles section.

  19. I agree the Combs book won't help you catch steelhead, its essentially a book of stories about the rivers, flys, and individuals who helped pioneer the sport. What it is for me is a great source of reading enjoyment that helped give me a certain respect for the rivers and their fish. There is just something about Trey's writing style and story telling I really like. I find myself going back to certain chapters and almost always picking up something new i missed, I guess that's why its often referred to the Steelhead "bible".
  20. The newish Lani Waller book, "A Steelheader's Way" is a fantastic book. Lots of how too concepts and figures, as well as wonderful stories and anecdotes. Lani's video "steelhead legacy" i think, though dated, is really good too.

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