Be where the fish are
Steelhead runs are very cyclic. One year a river might be loaded with fish
and the next year it might be marginal. Use the Internet, but also use the
telephone. Call for information.
2. Choose the right guide.
Take some time to interview your prospective guide. There are a lot of
different personalities out there. There are also a lot of different
experience levels too. Take time to get acquainted with your guide before
you book a trip.
3. Keep your fly in the water.
Practice casting and presentation continually while you are fishing. Every
cast counts. Learn to be efficient. Your fly will only catch fish
when it is in the water and has the best chance when presented properly.
4. Check for wind knots & abrasions in
Keep track of your terminal tackle. Many fish are lost to wind knots and
abraded leaders. Remember that you are playing in the fast lane. Anything
that can break will break.
5. Keep your hook sharp.
Carry a file. Any time your hook touches the bottom of the river, check
the point. Use your file. Many strikes are missed because the hook is
6. Stay on the move.
The more water you cover - the more fish you cover - the more biters you
cover - the more fish you put on the beach...simple as that.
7. Be alert.
The more fish you see the more fish you catch.
Wear Polarized glasses.
8. Be prepared.
Do your research. Check your gear before you start your trip. Be
9. Be comfortable.
Have the right clothing for the conditions you might encounter. Nothing
ruins a trip quicker than leaky waders, Etc.
10. Be relentless
Be relentless - Be relentless - Be relentless - Be relentless - Be
relentless - Be relentless - Be relentless -
Good Luck !!!