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March 1, 2011
The fish of a thousand cast's?
This has been a long standing description of hooking steelhead on the fly, especially winter steelhead. I admit to having that coming close to the truth when I started chasing steelhead on the fly. Do I believe that holds true today? Not so much. Steelhead on a fly is not a mystical quest, it's more of a simple equation. My apologies to those that like to believe different. Being able to get the fly in front of a fish is important, that's where decent casting skills come in. Controlling the presentation to get a bite is also important, especially in conditions that are less than ideal. Cold water, warm water, or poor visibility come to mind. I have come to trust that the fly pattern is not a very important variable in the big scheme of things. I've got some preferences but I don't think it's such a big deal. The genetics and upbringing of the fish does make a difference but I won't go into that at the moment. It would take a lot time to touch on that. So what is the most important part of catching steelhead on the fly? KNOWING where the fish are. Every other part of the equation means exactly nothing if you are not fishing over the fish! Figure out where the fish are. Figure out how to get the fly to them. Give them a good look at whatever pattern you are flinging. And hang on!

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