Some down time January 05 2016, 0 Comments

Well, it’s been a long time between blog posts. Plenty going on with the store, and we’ve neglected this space. Watch the website, Facebook, Pinterest, and perhaps even Instagram for added new products for 2016!!

With things slowing down and the winter in the northern hemisphere upon us, it’s as good a time as any to tie up a few winter steelhead patterns. To be honest, these are just fun to tie, regardless of whether or not you’re even going to fish them.

When tying these patterns, I like to use a combination of known, tried and tested patterns, as well as things that don’t look like any other patterns out there. When the water gets pressured, showing them something they’ve never seen before can really work. And you have little to lose at that point.

In saying that, confidence is key to steelhead fishing, particularly in the winter. You have to truly believe the next cast will be THE cast. And you have to truly believe you have the right fly on. With that, I give you our version of the Lady Gaga, aka the Twiggy Gaga. It’s a proven pattern and a confidence fly under most medium to high water conditions in winter. Hell, even low water if tied a little more sparsely.  They take awhile to tie, so tie them on a tube and they’ll last a bit longer.


Back to the future - steelhead nymphing! December 01 2014, 1 Comment


fishing on the swing isn't always the answer..."



Steelheading Gear Talk Part 3 - Reels March 31 2014, 1 Comment

Reels don’t need to be fancy for steelhead, but steelhead will make decent runs and can require a bit of backing to consistently fight them on the fly rod.  That means your minimum criteria for a fly reel are plenty of line capacity, and a decent drag.  But is there more to the story?


Fly fishing for steelhead is somewhat steeped in tradition and aesthetic.  After all, why else do we choose to swing flies instead of float fish?  It’s, for us, the most enjoyable way to fish.   And so it can be with equipment.  A few years back, I fished with a gentleman that had a gorgeous classic fly reel.  I talked to him about it and he told me that he was really lucky and got it for $1200.  My emotions were toyed with – no way would I be able to spend that sort of money on a reel simply because it looked nice.


So we set about finding a way to remedy that situation.  We managed to source a cheaper alternative to that reel.  Much cheaper.  Check out the line of classic fly reels.  All of them have large capacity, relatively large arbour, an incredibly strong modern disc drag (something most classic reels lack), and have the look and sound of something from yesteryear. 


Try one, and send us your pic so we can see how happy you are!!

Steelheading Gear Talk Part 1 - Weight for flies March 26 2014, 0 Comments

Steelheaders are a funny bunch.  We deliberate over so many different things, when in fact there are only a few things that really matter.  When it comes down to it, it’s all about getting the fly in the right place at the right time.  Steelhead will eat more or less anything, and often have, so fly selection should be based more on weight than anything.  Getting the fly to where the fish are is paramount, and can be achieved in a number of ways.  What I’ve found requires the least amount of work is to start with an intermediate sink tip and simply vary the weight of the fly.  Unweighted and weighted patterns. 95% of the time, the fly could all be the same pattern.  Most people choose to use dumbbell eyes to weight, given they both add weight and provide a trigger point to the fish to induce a strike.  Lead eyes, brass eyes, tungsten eyes, bead chain eyes, and of course beads.  They all work and all serve different purposes. 


In a nutshell, if you want to make sure your fly rides a particular way, put dumbbell eyes on it.  If you just want weight, either eyes or a bead.


We try to avoid lead wraps for weight as it doesn't offer the trigger point eyes or beads do.


Good eyes can be found about anywhere.  We’ve selected a few that we think are a little unique and offer them at wholesale prices.  An assortment of different colour metallic brass eyes and beads.  Check them out at our site:


That little extra flash doesn’t hurt, and will help get your flies to where they need to be. 

When it comes to colour, try to stick to the theme of your fly.  Remember that the darker colours such as blue, black, purple as more visible to the fish.  A large orange brass bead tied on an egg sucking leech pattern is about as deadly as it gets, and only takes a minute to tie.  Not that sexy, but it works.  


Be sure to check back with us for the next in the series of steelhead gear… Fly storage!