I know, that statement seems like an oxymoron. Let me explain.
With my growing interest in steelhead fishing I naturally started doing some research. Where to fish, what gear will I need and of course what flies will I need. Everything seems so different from simple trout fishing, like trying to order a meal in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language.
Spey casting, switch rods, gaudy flies – yikes! What’s a simple trout fisherman to do?
Fortunately, I stumbled across Ian Colin James’ website. Ian, I gather (pardon my ignorance), is a rather famous Grand River guide known for his ‘No Bull’ approach to fly fishing. Ian calls a spade a spade and a strike indicator a bobber. My kind of guy.
Ian also has a way of simplifying things. Like fly fishing for steelhead and steelhead flies for instance.
If you follow the likes of Ian Colin James then you already know that Steelhead flies don’t have to be a complicated affair. Ian favors tried-and-true patterns like:
As we continue the our mini-series on Steelhead Alley and Steelhead flies we will heed the sage advise of Ian Colin James and keep things simple, including simple steelhead flies.
Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created DIY Fly Fishing and the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish. Have a question? You can get in touch with Ken here.
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