Fly fishing blog


Welcome to our Blog

Mission Statement: The fly fishing industry has drastically changed since the group of us began in the 90’s. Back than everybody's business lived and died by the all mighty sport show. 

These shows were events that could not be missed. Our booths were lavish, double wide social hot spots with TV’s, videos, photo walls, and hidden bars serving up your favorite cocktails.  

The casters were throwing 120 foot cast in the ponds, the salesmen were weaving outrageous tales of the tape, and the guides were comparing gear, water and fish with each other. It was a fly fishing circus. In an effort to recapture that feeling back in the 80‘s and 90‘s at the sport shows we have created this blog. 

Our posts are conversations, and topics that you would normally cover on a river sitting on a log.  If we aren’t on the water fishing, we are likely talking about it, and we invite you to come along for the ride.  

Keeping the fight for our coastal fish simple

Many things have contributed to the great decrease in salmon populations up and down the coast.  There are plenty of arguments to suggest we should sit idly by with our hands tied. Many   believe we understand so little about the causes that it’s a waste of time and money to try to stop it, or maybe they just give up thinking its things we can’t help like loss of habitat, or climate change. Others have been lulled to sleep by being handed yearly batches of hatchery fish.  Many simply believe salmon are resilient enough that if we leave them alone they will bounce back.  

Spey Fishing Seasonal Diary

Winter 2014:

As I look back at the lower Skeena, winter started on November 16th. That was the day I stopped chasing the summer steelhead run on the upper tributaries. My sights were set on the fall/winter run on the lower Skeena system. Unlike most anglers I was determined to stay with my long head spey lines throughout the winter. The reason for this decision was that I found the mainstream Skeena remained at an all time low. There was no reason to use heavy tips!


Lot of ways to get beat in this game

When you think of tough winter steelheading you think of low water, cold water, no water, snow, ice and freezing temps.  Unfortunately for us we saw all of these at one point or another this season. As our guest Mark Bale pointed out, “there’s a lot of ways to get beat in this game.”  

'Be like water my friend' - Bruce Lee.

Back before there was a mad rush to simply try to catch one and post it online to show your 'friends', good anglers would take the time to do a little observing before simply barging in and wading deep and casting far.

Observation of water, or waters, is sorely lacking in many anglers, and, like the saying, 'the grass is always greener on the other side' apparently, so it is with water!

Kola Peninsula: Varzina River

Join Justin Miller, The Fly Shop Sea-run Travel Specialist and Spey casting junkie, as he makes the leap between the Steelhead world and Atlantic Salmon. Justin has fished and guided steelhead from California, all the way around the Pacific, to the Kamchatka Peninsula and is excited to explore some of the best, most remote salmon rivers we can get to, and swing flies for some of the biggest and brightest fish in the Atlantic.


Steelhead don't skip rope!

As long as anglers have pursued Steelhead mending the line has been part of the process of presentation. Now one could dig up some encyclopedia reference to the term 'mend' and although it won't say anything about fishing, It will describe the need 'to fix or repair' something.

The Grease line Caddis and the Bulkley River

The "Greased Line" presentation is a cast with a sub-surface fly. The caster mends the line in order to control the speed and depth of the fly as it is presented broadside. So what does this mean to the fish? It sees the body and not the back-end of a fly. If I am wrong, then I will forever be a student of the mend and swing. 


traveling the world for off the grid steelhead

I like swinging flies for steelhead. Anywhere. Everywhere. I have been fortunate to chase wild steelhead throughout their range, from the virgin growth redwoods of California, to the stark deserts of Idaho, to the fabled rivers of BC. But the most ridiculous steelhead expedition I have ever been on was by far and away, literally, the Russian Far East, guiding for the Kamchatka Steelhead Project


When the world is stacked against you

Steelhead fishing can be a torturous sport where sometimes it seems the entire universe is out to screw you.  For winter steelhead fisherman this truth is echoed several times each and every week.  

The Dos and Don'ts of swinging flies

  • Be grateful for every fish. The big, the small, the tiny. Fishing any time is a precious gift. The pleasure, the pain -- it's all part of why we love it.
  • Subtle shifts in presentation will transform your success rate.  When feeling angry that your not catching crap, simply choose to try something different.
  • Every steelhead comes into our life for a reason. It is up to us to be open to the lesson they are meant to teach.