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Steelhead University Notes

Kelcey Berto, Ashley Lewis and Bryanna Zimmerman showing off new women’s G Loomis hoodies

Steelhead University – Winter Steelhead 2015 was probably the best fishing seminars I’ve attended. Not only was it full of some of the most knowledgeable speakers in Oregon and Washington, the place was crawling with knowledge filled veteran anglers to share stories and tips with.

Nick Amato and Ty Wyatt sharing stories 

The venue was Sportco which was awesome because we got to go buy the products that the speakers shared (good marketing, eh). They also offered tons of discounts that made it worth attending and in my case, I saved more in discounts than the price of a ticket to Steelhead University.

 

Another bonus? TONS of free give gear was given away, Louie G’s pizza, cookies, and Starbucks coffee was free!

And to start the morning at 6 AM, Northwest Wild Country hosted several of the presenters to get us pumped and ready for a steelhead packed day and then came down to Sportco to join the party.

Duane Inglin and Joel Shangle from Northwest Wild Country

 Scott Haugen – Diversifying Your Approaches to Catch More Fish

http://www.scotthaugen.com/

Big Water:                                                                                                      

  • At least 10’ rod
  • Preferably spinning because the reel will hold more line which allows you to fish further and cast easier
  • Braided main line – it’s well worth the investment. Not only can you fish the same spool for at least a year, you can spool it back up and then flip it around so the fresh line is back on top. It’s like having brand new line that’s never seen daylight or water.
  • Typically around 50lb braid. Not for the weight, but the diameter is bigger and it floats on the surface better than a thin diameter line.
  • Sliding float set up: stop\bead\float\swivel\leader

Small Water:

  • Generally start with a float/jig set up and switch to drift fishing if that doesn’t produce a bite
  • 7’6”-8” rod
  • Spinning reel
  • 25lb braid
  • Fixed float set up because it gets down immediately for smaller holes or casting right behind rocks.
  • Move the stop until you begin dragging the bottom then adjust it 8-12” so that you are that far from the bottom
    • Snell’s Window is the view in which fish can see. Basically put a funnel on the top of the fish’s head and this is where they can see. This means is always better to be above the fish than below the fish
  • You can tie a 18-24” dropper leader from the jig with a bead or corky
    • This creates action for the jig and the jig creates action for the corky
  • If drift fishing, use a sliding weight so you can control your leader length to each hole
  • When bank fishing, try to carry as much as you can on your body. If you’re busy walking back and forth to the bank to tie up, bait up, or get some pliers, you aren’t creating an opportunity to catch a fish.

Plugs:

  • 8’6” rod
  • 15-17lb test
  • Tune plugs to ensure they are running straight and not flipping
    • Maglips have a naturally erratic movement, but should not flip
  • Try to use a plug with a rattle to produce more sound and vibration
  • Your goal is to irritate the fish enough to make them want to attack

 

Cody Herman – Water Hydraulics and Fish Behavior

http://www.dayoneoutdoors.com/

Small Rivers blow quickly and recover quickly

Precipitation Absorption: Pay attention to the type of terrain at the head waters of your river system

  • Big slope with clear cuts is going to produce more mud and faster. These rivers will blow faster
  • Rivers like the Willamette will lose clarity faster because there is nowhere for the rain/mud to absorb into the ground because it’s surrounded by a concrete city
  • Head waters with a lot of lush, green bank with a lot of trees might rise, but generally won’t lose much clarity
  • Steeper gradient surroundings will move larger objects like boulders (Olympic Peninsula is a good example of this)
  • Contrary to most people think, a rising river with good clarity is the most ideal condition
  • Headwaters clear faster than the lower river so when the rivers are blowing, keep moving upstream to find better fishing water

Where to find fish:

  • Inside bends will have more sediment which isn’t always good, but the outside bends will have heavy current
  • Head of hole will always have more oxygen and will be cooler as the water cycles and turns up from the bottom
  • Think about where you weight is placed in the water column and the type of bottom:
    • Bottom third of river will have moving sediment, and big rocks rolling and will be significantly slower than the surface speed
    • The middle of the column will have the strongest speed because it has no obstacles or interruptions
    • The surface is faster than the bottom, but the wind can greatly slow it down
  • Steelhead may lay in front a rock because it’s clean and warmer; behind the rock may kick up too much sediment.
    • You’ll need to determine the bottom of the river to determine whether the fish will be behind or the bottom because that sediment will be the only thing keeping the fish from laying behind a rock

Light Absorption:

Albedo=energy

  • Low albedo=high absorption
  • High albedo=low absorption – light penetrates and heats the water to the bottom. Bottoms like sand heat faster thank rock
  • Muddy rivers grab and hold energy
  • Fish the edges because there is less sediment and stream power
  • Use contrasting colors in low clarity water

TIPS:

  • Change the color/size/scent/etc every 5-10 casts until you can develop a pattern
  • Keep a log and view trends frequently
  • Garlic in warm water, anise in cold water
  • Squid for steelhead

 

Mike Zavadlov – Trophy Steehead Tactics (+photography tips)

http://mikezsguideservice.com/

Float Fishing Set up

  • 9’6”-10’ float rod
  • 30lb Power Pro
  • 3/8-1/2 oz float with 3/8oz weight and ¼ oz jig
  • Center Pin with 15lb mono – no braid on center pins

Lures:

  • Black, white, or green jigs with 2/o hook
  • Nightmare jigs are great as well
  • His favorites are jigs with orange or pink beads on the collar
  • Rig worms wacky style (tail up and hook comes out halfway through the worm)
  • Rig worms normal with tail down and threaded all the way through the worm with the hook coming out where the tail flattens
  • Colorado spinner blade under a  float but making sure you have a good swivel is key

Other tips:

  • Hi-vis main line for plugs with 20lb leader
    • Use nail knot to tie leader/mainline
  • When sidedrifting 10-12lb leader with cheater between 2 hooks when legal to fish 2 hooks.

Photography tips:

  • Nikon D700 or you iPhone6 actually has a great camera
  • Most important to have a fast lense (2.8) with good low light condition features
  • 24-70mm allows for no fish eye effect or distortion
  • If light conditional allow, don’t use a flash so the fish doesn’t get washed out
  • Cradle the fish’s head and keep the head in the water
  • Place the fish head in one corner of the frame, and the angler in the other corner and only focus on those 2 things; the rest of the picture will come into place
  • Try to fill up the entire frame with the fish and angler

 

Ty Wyatt – Bead Fishing for Steelhead

    

                                                      Ty uses Quinnault Guide Ashley Lewis as a “river”

From a boat (fixed set up):

  • 30lb braid with top shot of fluorocarbon
  • Add a dropper from a jig with a bead

 From a boat (sliding set up):

  • Essentially bobberdoggin
  • Leader should be about 3ft
  • Cast upstream and drag behind the boat
  • The slower the water, the less weight – you want the bead and the bobber to float at the same speed
  • Don’t use a yarnie and bead (on a dropper) bobberdoggin because the buoyancy and speed are too different

 From the bank:

  • Fish you float straight up and down or pointing downstream (indicating you are dragging the bottom) is okay as well
  • Use a small float because heavy ones take too much effort to set the hook

Pegging the bead:

  • Allow the bead to slide on the leader so that it moves freely between 3-4 inches
  • Don’t let the bead sit right on the hook because it closes the gap on the hook
  • Allowing too much room for the hook to slide may result in foul hooked fish
  • Don’t set the hook really hard, simply reel down until you feel the fish

Terminal gear:

  • Octopus hook – fine wire, but string metal
  • Black hook over red to be stealthier
  • Hook size 4, 2, 1 (10mm bead)
    • The biggest hook you can get away with without snagging up
  • 15lb test
  • Uses acrylic beads more than soft plastics because the soft plastics get hard and become heavier than you originally started with
  • Change the color of the bead depending on the bottom and water clarify
    • Example: dark bottom and a blue bead don’t work well
  • Fast snap instead of swivel; snap leader with Duncan loop
  • Gel scents or add a little piece of bait on the hook if you want bait, although it’s not necessary

 

Terry Wiest – Float Fishing for Steelhead

http://steelheadu.com/

Strike Zone:

  • 6”-2’ from the bottom
  • Move the stop until you begin dragging the bottom then adjust it 6-24” so that you are that far from the bottom
  • If it’s extremely cold, you’ll need to have your presentation closer to the fish than if it’s warm.
    • They get lethargic  and won’t want to move far to bite your presentation
  • If you find a snag, cast right on the snag so that you drop in right next to the snag; fish prefer this cover
  • Fish the seams of current
  • Fish behind boulders which is where fish can get more oxygen to rest
    • Fish on each side of the boulder
    • Fish boulders hard trying to present from every angle
  • Avoid holes with sandy bottoms

Rods:

  • 9-15’ designed for float fishing
    • Longer than 11’ designed for center pin set ups
  • 6-15lbs
  • GLOOMIS IMX 1262 6-12lb $395
  • GLOOMIS 1262 6-10lb $325
  • GLOOMIS E6X 6-12lb $240

Reels:

  • The most important thing is a good drag system
  • Shimano reels: Stella, Stradic, Symetre

Line:

  • 30lb Power Pro – The thicker diameter floats better and is easier to see
  • Hi-Vis and you can black out the first few feet with a Sharpie if you’re concerned with the fish seeing it
  • Fluorocarbon leader 5-12lb – Lighter and more limp for a more natural presentation

When jig fishing, follow this equation: Float size= weight + jig head weight

 

Bob Kratzer –Plug Fishing

http://www.anglersguideservice.com/

7’10” heavy rod with medium action

 Bass Style Plugs:

  • Storm Wiggle Warts
  • Brad’s Wiggler’s
  • Yakima Fat Fish
  • Luhr Jensen Hot Shots

Banana Style:

  • Luhr Jensen Kwikfish
  • Yakima Flat Fish
  • Brad’s Killer Fish

Combo Style:

  • Heddon Tadpolly’s
  • Yakima Maglips (these have an erratic action, but should not flip)

TIPS:

  • Always clean your plugs with Dawn, Lemon Joy or Crest Original
  • Add scent: shrimp, craw/anise, anise, squid, tuna
  • Pinch the barb on the belly hook so that when the fish rolls with line, it doesn’t get cut on the barb
  • If running a single hook, use barrel swivel in the middle to compensate for the missing weight of the hook
  • Use a bent hook shank at the eye for better hook up ratio

Bank fishing:

  • Side planer: 30lb hi-vis mono/Casting: 30lb hi-vis braid
  • Leader: 20lb

Boat fishing:

  • Use a line counter or mark the feet with a bobber stop
  • Let the fish commit to hooking itself instead of you doing it
  • The higher the water, the slower you should back them down.
    • But if the water is clear and extremely cold, move slow as well
  • Let out at least 60-100’ unless it’s a short run because the bite takes so long to commit
  • Action speed should be fast-slow-fast (not consistently the same)

Wrapping Plugs:

  • Kratzer prefers to put bait in a spawn sack and simply hook it on the middle hook
  • This allows him to quickly change the bait and have many different options that he can prepare the night before
  • Dime size or smaller sacks
  • Can use sardine, eggs, prawn, shrimp, tuna, squid, anything

Tuning Plugs:

  • Tune your plugs so that they run straight and even (not pulling to one side or flipping)
  • Hold in the water and feel it – don’t pull it quickly through the water yet
  • Once you can feel it’s swimming consistently, gently pull it through the current and look to see:
    • Is it rolling/flipping?
    • Is it swimming towards one side or lifting up?
    • Diving straight down? – This is good
  • If it’s not swimming straight, use pliers to gently move/turn the eye of the plug the opposite direction that it’s pulling/flipping
  • If it’s a molded eye (not screwed in), gently bend the eye instead of turning
  • If you find that you have a perfectly tuned plug (and you will have some that are great, some that never swim right), you can use calipers to get the exact dimensions of that plug to hopefully replicate it on the plug that isn’t swimming well
  • Measure the butt to the eye and the bill girth to the top of the eye and then create the same dimensions on the bad swimmer

 

Terry Wiest outdid himself this year. As an avid angler in our community and owner of website Steelhead University (and the brains behind Steelhead Girls), he found the best of the best in the NW and he listened to his peers to put together an amazing seminar. I look forward to what he has in store I the coming months and years!

Teaching Your Girlfriend to Fish

In this month’s Salmon Trout Steelheader magazine Josiah Darr (Oregon Fishing Guide) wrote an article called Finding a Keeper.  Josiah’s been on a journey and invested a lot of time, energy, and thought into finding his life partner that can understand and appreciate his passion for fishing. I’ve known Josiah for a few years and had several conversations with him, but gained a new appreciation for what lengths men go through to find their fishing girlfriend! As a woman that was introduced to fishing by her boyfriend, I’ve been on the opposite end of Josiah and I’ve seen many relationships in the same scenario: some fail, some struggle, and some succeed.

Josiah’s article made many great points and some that even I never have thought of. He points out that when finding someone worth his emotional investments, he makes her his number one priority; even if that means removing a bit of fishing. He emphasizes teaching her instead of just showing her. He specifically said “Don’t make it something you’re taking her to do, make it something she’s doing with you.” I couldn’t agree with this more! He’s right that when anyone puts forth effort to accomplish something, it’s more rewarding than when it’s just handed to them.

He had several other points which I’ll touch on below, but from a woman’s perspective, here’s my advice for men trying to get their lady into fishing, and for women trying to get into the sport that their men love.

For the men

I think there are 2 types of keeper ladies out there: she wants to fish with you and loves it just as much as you or she doesn’t really love it but is okay and understands that it’s your number one passion and she’s not going to change your lifestyle. The ones that want more of your attention outside of fishing seem to fail more often than not. You begin resenting her and missing time on the water, and she’s dragging you to wine tasting events and her friends’ weddings. I really don’t think you should have to change or alter the passion you’ve had your entire life for a woman. If she doesn’t understand it, move on. However, like Josiah, if you want to do this for her (and truly want to), that’s awesome and shouldn’t be a problem but don’t harbor resentment with the lust you have for her.

  • Patience is my number one tip. Stop fishing like you normally would and start teaching her. Take the time to show her. You’ll miss holes, you’ll miss bobber downs, you’ll lose fish. Who cares? Be patient and congratulate her on everything she does. She isn’t going to understand why you have to load the boat so quickly in the morning, or stay up so late getting rods rigged and bait organized. She doesn’t want to troll all day waiting for a bite in the pouring down rain or pound a hole with fish jumping but not biting.
  • Be patient, but don’t baby her! You don’t want to spend your entire relationship making sure she’s “okay”, you want to teach her to fend for herself and toughen her up. Jeff says “If she’s a baby, she has no place on the river”. I agree with this. While it may be difficult and you may get in a few arguments, stop asking her 100 times a day if she’s warm, having fun, feeling okay, bored, etc. Ask her those things after the trip is done and use that information for the next trip. If she’s upset, let her tell you and stop fishing for it.
  • Apparel is something Josiah also points out. Get her equipped with gear! It doesn’t need to be right away and it doesn’t need to be top of the line. Any girl worth investing in, should understand how expensive these things are and if she isn’t buying them herself, she should be willing to settle with mediocre gear until you know she’s sticking around and she’s going to fish often enough to get your money out of $400 waders. Cute clothing is a plus though! Fishing shirts, hoodies, and hats
  • Keep her comfortable! If you can avoid spending $1000 on new waders, jacket, bibs, and boots, do that but don’t skimp on the bottom layers. You can keep her warm without investing a ton on outer layers. See my article with all the tips she’ll need to stay warm without outer layers: http://steelheadgirls.com/staying-warm/
  • Teach her! Just like one of Josiah’s biggest points, teaching her is very important. She’ll want to learn and want to impress you with her new skills. If she’s interested in fishing, she’ll probably start wanting to teach you, wanting her own expensive gear just like you have, and it will be worth it. Just remember tip number one when you’re teaching her.
  • Show her off! Share her fishy pics on social media, show your friends, enter her pic in contests, share her on Steelhead Girls brag about her great skills (you know, the one time she landed a fish although you almost had a heart attack about 20 times). She’ll get tons of attention and most girls will like that. You’ll boost her confidence and it will make her want to do better.
  • Jeff suggested bringing one of your friendly, knowledgeable fishing buddies because she’ll listen to them better than she’ll listen to you. She might get an attitude and get tired of you telling her what to do, but when it comes from your buddy whom she likes, she might listen better :)

For the ladies

So you met a guy that loves to fish and you want to spend time with him but he’s always fishing. Fishing is okay, but you feel like a child, look like a bum in huge camo colored clothes, and are certain that you aren’t going to be able to brave the inclement weather all day. I’ve been there too! I’ve shed many tears on the water, got bladder infections for the fear of peeing outside or being in a public restroom at a boat launch, and felt that I needed to be babysat all day. We’re here for you! That’s exactly what this website is supposed to help with. And I’m a girl too so even if you just want to vent about a crappy day, email me, I go through those too :)

  • READ THIS ARTICLE! http://steelheadgirls.com/staying-warm/ For you, my number 1 tip is to try and stay comfortable. This was my biggest challenge and Jeff couldn’t help me because he wasn’t cold or wet so he didn’t understand why I was. It’s still like this! I didn’t adapt to the cold weather, I found ways to stay comfortable in it all day
  • Once you decide this guy is worth a financial investment and you actually want to keep fishing, buy yourself some rain gear. It’s awesome if he has some stuff that you can borrow or if he wants to offer to buy you something, but don’t be afraid to tell him that you want to buy some waders that actually fit you. Maybe you guys can go in 50/50 and get a really good pair. Do your homework, read reviews, go to the store and try different brands on. Again, comfort is key for you and it’s worth the work to find what YOU need, not what he likes.
  • Understand that fishing came before you, and it might come over you. I’ve happily known Jeff for 9 years and been in a healthy relationship with him for 6 years. Even to this day, if I’m frustrated with how he treats me while we’re fishing, the conversation comes back to his love for fishing. The passion is something etched too deeply in their heart (and will be in yours too) that it’s unfair of you to expect him to try and make you fill those etchings. If he wants to, that’s awesome and makes our girly hearts flutter, however, don’t expect him to. This is where resentment gets built up. If you can’t stand that he fishes all the time and he really just wants to fish, maybe you’re not meant to be together. I will say that I have different expectations when it comes to future children or current children if you have them. They should always come first.
  • Be humble. This is my worst quality, even to this day. If you don’t understand what is going on, or you’re having a crappy day casting, just be humble about it. Don’t be a brat or have an attitude when he tries to help you. Don’t get bossy and don’t say “I know” while rolling your eyes. Let him teach you. He’s getting satisfaction just like you are from this whole experience.
  • Be grateful! If he’s a good teacher and he’s patient with you while you’re fishing, show your gratitude! This is not easy for him and he’s trying to build a long-term investment. Jeff struggled and basically gave up our first year of fishing to try and build himself his best fishing partner.
  • Be understanding. Sometimes (all the time), he doesn’t swoon over me or tell me I look pretty. He doesn’t want to cuddle me and doesn’t want to hear about my bad day at work. He’s fishing and he’s in a zone. I’ve grown to acquire this zone most of the time as well, but at first, it was difficult to understand that he didn’t actually care that I was his girlfriend while we were fishing; he just wants to fish.
  • Utilize other women that fish. There are tons of Facebook groups (Outdoor Chic Clique, Reel Women of Fishing, Women of Washington Outdoors) that can help motivate and encourage you, but more so they can help you feel like you’re a part of something! Girls just like you, girls that are more advanced, but have been where you are, and girls that go through the same exact struggles as you.

So for both genders, the tips that I have are quite different. Relationships are hard enough when you’re not trying to share the same hobby, but if you can get past the learning stages in the first year or so, the benefits are well worth it. I have the best fishing buddy in the world, we share all the work because we live together so there’s not one person pulling all the weight, we almost always have someone to go with, I get to hang out with my best friend all the time, and we never, ever fight about not spending enough time together. I had to understand his passion and he had to learn to teach me in a way that I wanted to be taught.

It’s not easy and it takes effort by both parties, but it’s worth it. I don’t have 30 years of marriage under my belt so my advice hopefully holds true for the rest of our lives, but it’s gotten us a very happy, and healthy 6 years with hopefully many more.

Reel Women of Fishing NW

Steelhead Girls is proud to announce a 2 awesome women as guest bloggers. Kristin and Sara come from a long background of fishing and have made their mark known in the fishing world with the creation of their Facebook page and group: Reel Women of Fishing NW. They share the same values and mission as Steelhead Girls and we’re proud to have them be a part of the movement to encourage and support women!

 

How we met:

I have worked at the hospital in Mac for the last 11 years. I am the CT supervisor and do MRI and X-rays. I first met Sara a few years ago when she was an X-ray student. She worked graves prior to that up in the lab, but I never knew her. One day we started talking about fishing and realized we just may have met someone who likes to fish as much as the other.  Her 30th birthday was right around the corner and she talked about wanting to book a guide for an epic day of steelhead fishing. What better way to spend a birthday right? A local guide was offering a discounted trip so she signed us up. The day prior to the trip while she was over in Bend celebrating with some other friends when she got a call from the guide bailing on us. He claims the river would be blown out and not fishable. Having our fishing background and doing our own research we knew that wasn’t true. She was pretty bummed the trip got canceled so I went to work to try to find another one. I looked up reviews and recommendations and started messaging any guide I could find. Call it fate, but David Johnson just happened to turn his computer back on about 5 minutes prior to me sending a message. As you know he has been a well known guide for over 20 years but what were the chances he was available. He said he typically doesn’t fish on the weekends, but would be willing to take us! We hit the river the next morning with rain pouring down in the freezing cold but had an outstanding day on the water. That day began our fishing adventures together and forged a tight friendship with one of our best friends – David. Since both Sara and I were unattached we had no one to answer to or make time for so its off to the river we always went. When the steelhead start running sometimes it is everyday that we aren’t at work and even sometimes before shift. She works graveyard now doing CT and XRAY and I work really long shifts so I only have to work 3 days a week ( 2 16′s and an 8), so we spend the rest of our time on the water.

The inspiration behind Reel Women of Fishing NW:


One day we were driving back from the river and post a few pictures online (go figure). We started talking about how we should make a page to share our fishing adventures on so all of our friends weren’t constantly blown up by the same pictures shared by both of us. Then if friends wanted to follow our fishing adventures they could rather than seeing it on our own personal page. We thought we could create a site where we could share our pictures, give some tips and hopefully help others fall in love with something we held so dear. Before we lost service we tried to come up with a name that was first off available, but kinda spoke about who we are.  We are “reel.”  We fish because we love it and have done so our entire lives. We are “reel” in the fact we are not size 2 models in bikinis holding fish posing for calendars. Although media sets those people as the beauty standard we have no problem eating our breakfast burritos or powdered donuts floating downstream. We want to encourage women, and men, to just get out there and fish. You don’t have to go with a boyfriend or husband, it’s ok if you don’t know what you’re doing (that’s what we’re here for), and it doesn’t have to be all serious and hardcore (hence our costumes). Fishing is fun whether you’re catching fish or not!

We have been extremely fortunate through fishing to meet some amazing people and build lasting friendships. We’ve fished all over Oregon, Washington, Montana and next year will add Idaho and Canada to the list. Who knows where we will end up with Sara’s new shiny boat:

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 Sara Dodd:


Sara was born in Central Point with the Rogue River as her playground. Grew up fishing with her family mostly in their 16′ sled or crabbing, clamming and ocean fishing in their 18′ north river. Quite often she’d hook up the boat and take off on her own. It wasn’t until she moved to this area that she really fell in love with drift boats. She spent 6 months in Talkeetna at an Alaskan fishing lodge which was by far one of her best memories. When not fishing her other passion is hunting. In fact she just got back from the hunt of a lifetime with her dad in Colorado at a friend of ours. Last year took her to Montana and again who knows where next year will be. And yes she still manages to work a fulltime job. Now sleep, well that’s the tough one to fit in.

Kristin Bishop:


Kristin was born on a row crop farm just outside of Salem. We had a tight knit family where every night was spent together around the dinner table. If we were all working late in the fields mom would pack up dinner and bring it out to us to eat on the tailgate.  My first fishing began with a snoopy pole out of our irrigation ditch catching monster trout and lobsters. Ok maybe they were crawdads. We started family adventures piled in the pickup, or bronco fishing first out of rafts and finally building up to a drift boat. In the summers it was not uncommon for me to sneak off to float the river with friends before work on the farm. When not working on the farm or fishing I could be found on the ball field. I continued on to play D1 softball at OSU, go BEAVS! Fishing was something my dad and I always did together (just like Sara and her dad) whether we actually caught anything or not. He died unexpectedly of a ruptured brain aneurysm a few years ago. I inherited the drift boat we spent hours upon hours in. He mainly ran a motor and I was the copilot. I’ve taken off the motor and am still working on building my skills on the oars, but that’s just a matter of time. My boyfriend has been brave enough to start teaching me how to run his sled. That will definitely take a lot more practice too.

What’s next for us?!
As for what’s next with us, well we definitely need to put a few dings, scratches and blood in the boat Sara won at the Fish Like a Girl Tournament. There’s a lot of fall fish and winter steelhead we plan to meet in the near future. Our website will hopefully be up and running in the next week. We too plan to share blogs, videos, product reviews and how to’s as well as links to useful information that we look at when deciding when and where to fish. We will also list upcoming events and projects we are involved in as well as have some swag available to purchase. Oh and of course lots and lot of pictures.

Steelhead University

Just 35 days until Steelhead University! The best place to find all the info you need for this steelhead season!