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Oh yeah I just finished a steelheaders way. Very informative. Looking for another good read if you have any suggestions.
A Passion for Steelhead, by Dec Hogan, and Steelhead Fly Fishing, by Trey Combs, are both excellent resources. While A Passion for Steelhead is a little more straight-forward and up to date, Steelhead Fly Fishing contains a wonderful section detailing the history of the sport, the rivers, and the anglers and their contributions (flies, technique, etc). To say the least, there is a lot that you can learn from this book if you take to the time read it. If you do choose to read this book, pay attention to the descriptions of where the anglers are fishing, the size and structure of the river (s), their gear, and the techniques they are using. With all of this said, there is no substitute for actually being out on the water. Anyhow, I hope that this helps!

Regards,

Andrew

http://www.amazon.com/Steelhead-Fly-Fishing-Trey-Combs/dp/155821903X

http://www.amazon.com/A-Passion-Steelhead-Masters-Fly/dp/0974642711
 

Salmo_g

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Daniel,

People report great satisfaction with Simm's Guide boots. I looked at them and think they're god-awful heavy. I've been wearing Patagonias for several years. Very light and comfortable, but they just don't last. So I recently bought the Simm's Headwaters, their lightest weight model. A couple friends report that they are comfortable and durable. I haven't used them yet. I'm thinking about installing studs first. They're available either in felt or vibram sole.

In the interests of entertainment I recommend reading the books others have mentioned. But if you want to learn how to fish for steelhead, I recommend reading "How to fish good for steelhead" by Salmo g. Except it isn't finished or available, except for the parts included in this thread and others over the years on the WFF board. You should get together with Francis and see if some of your sense of humor rubs off on him. He's a bit sensitive to my assholish insults when all I was trying to do was help him out, well, and keep this site entertaining.

Sg
 
#80
Daniel,

People report great satisfaction with Simm's Guide boots. I looked at them and think they're god-awful heavy. I've been wearing Patagonias for several years. Very light and comfortable, but they just don't last. So I recently bought the Simm's Headwaters, their lightest weight model. A couple friends report that they are comfortable and durable. I haven't used them yet. I'm thinking about installing studs first. They're available either in felt or vibram sole.

In the interests of entertainment I recommend reading the books others have mentioned. But if you want to learn how to fish for steelhead, I recommend reading "How to fish good for steelhead" by Salmo g. Except it isn't finished or available, except for the parts included in this thread and others over the years on the WFF board. You should get together with Francis and see if some of your sense of humor rubs off on him. He's a bit sensitive to my assholish insults when all I was trying to do was help him out, well, and keep this site entertaining.

Sg

Thats funny shit. But, who the hell is Francis? If you are working on a book I think that is the coolest thing. As far as my sense of humor rubbing off on other people I can do my best but sometimes it just does not work.
 
#81
So here is the deal. I need to know if my Okuma SLV reel is going to be reliable WHEN I finally hook one this year. I am at the point that I am so determined to hook a steelhead this year. I had a horrible dream that I finally hooked a big steelhead and my reel started smoking and gave in, and lost the fish. LOL So if you guys think I should ditch the Okuma I will because if the Okuma does not have a good reputation for being reliable then I need to get another reel. If you guys do think I need another reel can you help me keep in around 150 bucks or less?
 
#82
I have also decided that all of you guys who are helping me I would like to buy you all a beer sometime. Maybe two. Or, a wine cooler if thats your thing.
 
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So here is the deal. I need to know if my Okuma SLV reel is going to be reliable WHEN I finally hook one this year. I am at the point that I am so determined to hook a steelhead this year. I had a horrible dream that I finally hooked a big steelhead and my reel started smoking and gave in, and lost the fish. LOL So if you guys think I should ditch the Okuma I will because if the Okuma does not have a good reputation for being reliable then I need to get another reel. If you guys do think I need another reel can you help me keep in around 150 bucks or less?
At this point the gear (rod/reel/flies) you have will catch (and land) a steelhead. You can continue to change up the components if it makes you happy but it's not going to put you on a fish any sooner. If you want to shorten the curve stop spending money on new gear and save it for a trip with a knowledgeable guide or try to make friends with a successful steelheader.
 
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At this point the gear (rod/reel/flies) you have will catch (and land) a steelhead. You can continue to change up the components if it makes you happy but it's not going to put you on a fish any sooner. If you want to shorten the curve stop spending money on new gear and save it for a trip with a knowledgeable guide or try to make friends with a successful steelheader.
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Salmo_g

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Daniel,

Thanks for the beer offer. That's forthright and good. But please understand and make note in your logbook that wine coolers are illegal among steelheaders.

As for your Okuma, if the spool spins round 'n round without falling off, and the handle doesn't break off, it's good enough to land a steelhead on. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but steelhead are way fuckin' over-rated. They are not dorado, roosterfish, or marlin. Maybe a little bit like baby tarpon, but only on a good day. When I was an impoverished college student I bought fly reels at Goodwill for $3 apiece. And they landed steelhead. Even when the pawl eroded into metal shavings and the spool handle broke off, I still landed that hot summer run, along with a memory I will never forget. That wouldn't have happened with a $15 Pflueger Medalist.

On the marriage advice front, fishing isn't the cause of divorce. Needy wives who want their husband to hang with them 24/7/365 are one cause. If your wife is, you might as well dump her now and get it over with because no human should have to life a suffocating life. Another major cause often blamed on fishing is lazy husbands who can't or won't live up to their slightly more than 50% of the marriage bargain even while taking the time necessary for fishing to be a major part of your life. If that is you, your wife will dump you sooner or later. That can be avoided by making the time you are together so satisfying and rewarding that she agrees that fishing helps define who you are. Just understand that fishing, in and of itself, does not cause divorce. Put this in your logbook too.

Sg
 
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