Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Irideus Fly Fishing Etiquette and turning snag style fisherman into wiser more responsible stewards of salmon resources
NO SNAGGING SALMON THE SIGN READS
You know the people who are catchers yet they know all to well they are golfing for salmon and steelhead with a hook. Then there are the folks mimicing this style in hopes of results. This brews a horrible event and actually teaches this as a fishing style. Some are expert anglers and some are people on vacation on the steward hwy. In any case we all seem to complain about this and words on the river have been exchanged over this topic.
We did a test study to see if we could turn the table for some of these people by teaching them about what is happing and trying to tune them into the salmon life cycle and fly fishing in and around it. Some actually believed these Chinook King salmon would not eat a fly. They were convinced that it was a lining or to us snagging technique that hooked these chrome sided fish up.
We have found a large attractor style fly with a good egg pattern fly trailer would stimulate some of these Kings. In clear water over the years fishing steelhead it is not uncommon to have a salmon attack a wooly bugger or even a large nymph style fly fishing fly. Its a numbers game. But at the end of the day you go home refreshed, in tune and even smarter than before about these amazing searun fish.
Giving up flies to these folks was fun and some have even sent some nice pictures. We see more fly rods in the hands of some of these people with bigger smiles. One thing is for sure snaggers eat beans. Its up to you to not be a snob and to teach. Do not complain bring a fly tying vice to the river and teach these guys how to pump out crazy egg patterns the salmon will eat. Yes tell them its ok to put the scent they live by on the fly. Do what you have to do. Like mentioned earlier this is fact. King salmon do eat flies and its worth your time.
Next time you see your home town run turn into a snagging circus take a stand. These amazing fish deserve respect.
If the salmon is not going to be killed do not take it out of the water. If you are going to eat it kill it in the water and bleed the fish. It should not suffer at the expense of your weeks worth of health food.
Best regards to the fly fishing community. Happy fall!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Walking the dream and wetting the fly in picture perfect California trout country. Happy 2016 trout season!
Living in northern California we are in tune with the bugs that we are lucky to be surrounded by. In the appreciation of these wonderful we are inspired to create fly fishing flies that take detail to a new level in flies that are for sale to the public. Many of the 2016 Irideus trout fly fishing flies bring life to the many nymphs,stoneflies of our local area that are dead matches to many of the bugs in your neck of the woods. Attention to detail can be found in the Irideus leggy Series fly fishing flies. These flies get eaten by big trout. the also are fancied by all the trout in your favorite fly fishing run.
Hail the salmon flies that fill the air as the snow melts and the trout begin to start the annual feast on some of our favorite high country streams in the Mount Lassen drainage. We also send out an early summer cheer to all lake fly fisherman chasing the trout they love!
Check out our website Http://www.irideus.com and fill your gear bags up with the irideus promo auctions on ebay over the next month or two. We can assure you if you look today you will see many deals we put up to kick off this wonderful time of year for our customers.
Link to the trout season promo deals is below.
The next few days are sure to make a few lucky trout fly fishers happy!
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Irideus 2016 GreenWater fly fishing boxes are coming to a fly shop near you this year. The sport of fly fishing needs a role model and the GreenWater fly fishing box by Irideus is it.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
We all find ourselves reflecting on the year 2016. That is a big number and an eye opener. Once it was hard to find the steelhead fly fishing legends and the waters they call home. Learning about secret flies and spey casting on some of the rivers we were virgin to was surreal. It seems the Internet has maybe made some people more likely to take these old school ways for granted. We all do it to an extent. If you live by the ocean a perfect sunset over perfect surf may be taken for granted in the moment. If you live on blue ribbon steelhead fly water you may pass up an evening hatch on dry flies. The unknown sometimes yields the greatest rewards. Its best to take the information and run with it. Explore the hidden canyon or hike to the falls to fly fish a hole you have never set eyes on. One day you may not have the energy or strength to get to that location. We all wish we had a chrome sea run steelhead on the shooting head every morning yet sometimes its the tough that makes you strong. Irideus has come to terms with the need to spread the passion for the sport of fly fishing. It is part of our American heritage. Think of looking at the sport again as our fore fathers viewed it. Then put a modern spin on that thought with state of the art fly fishing equipment. Its a pretty great picture. Now that is not to say Grand Dad would not be let down by nymphing steelhead and trout tactics yet he would understand youthful evolution. We spread this word to all the great people of the world. Many of the people reading this have a perfect fly fishing run down the street yet others may need to travel some distance. You may be surprised at the enjoyment casting dry flies on a pond is for bass or other species after work if a stream is not on the daily plan. Its about taking that time for yourself. Take that moment over the review of the days monster fish landings. Build the soul for inner strength. The peace you find you will bring back to the ones you love so its a win win! It seemed fitting to take a humble moment to try to slow the explosion of our sport. In the end it seems many people lost interest. We say go back to the old school and read about the great people that shaped the history of our sport. Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope it inspires some people to put the cell phone down and pick the fly rod up. Its something to love and also to share with others. On the Feather River in California behind the scenes we call it the steelhead brotherhood. its special and its not perfect. We are humbled by nature for the right reasons and share it and bring it home. Its worth getting up early for to say the least. If you have never gone fly fishing we suggest checking out our gear and some of our personal history to get started in our sport on a pond or local river. Thank you to all the people who are a constant reminder of the journey of the river and the beauty it blesses on all of our lives.
May your days on the water be many people!
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Location: Chico, CA, USA
Friday, October 16, 2015
Fly fishing for steelhead in the Feather River California has been slow with heavy drought conditions and low water
We see many clients floating the river with guides like Frank Hastings from Nor Cal Fly Waters. http://norcalflywaters.com/
This is a smart thing to do for any fly fisher to do. The local knowledge to help you reach your goal is worth its weight in gold. On many days when we have not even had a hit the clients will pass on the report of only a few small juvenile steelhead. Well that means one thing, you are an expert angler or your guide has done his job.
This is a solid little guy from October 14, 2015 after a slow day of finesse fishing with little flies.
The small fish are the beauty of all rivers. If you can hook a young fired up steelhead your on the money. Fly fishing the Feather river in particular comes down to a natural selection match the hatch situation. Irideus has many custom fly fishing fly patterns that mimic these bugs,minnows,fry and alevin. We also like to take these flies to the next level creating fly offerings that mimic a few bugs at one time or a minnow pattern that is a close rendition to many swimming things on the steelhead dinner menu.
Timothy Horner Irideus Mana Czech Nymph Collection
We say hail the small fish and perfecting your style to meet their challenge. once you master the small fish the big steelhead will come to your hand more often.
Now take this knowledge on the road and apply your small trout and steelhead knowledge to big water and trophy fish. You will learn you are now at the top level of the game. Many people do not think steelhead feed once they enter the river. This is a myth and they feed aggressively until they begin to spawn. Then after they spawn they feed again to fatten up on smolt, Caddis Fly and minnows before returning to the ocean and all the challenges it brings to their survival.
A monster Feather River buck steelhead from a few years back pushing the 12-15 lb range.
Everyone in the steelhead fly fishing community knows we love the big ones. We try to treat them with respect as we do with all steelhead, trout and salmon. Each steelhead brings a new light to life and being on the water. The high from releasing a monster steelhead is not to be described. It is different for each fly fisher. But the Grey ghost is out there waiting for you to fine tune your skills and rise to the occasion. We say grab some Irideus flies and go get them!
This is some solid advise for our clients and friends who support our efforts. Passing on the steelhead legacy to the next generation and stimulating the old school with a shared passion. Thank you to all of you. May the small fish lead you to the big one often!
Monday, September 28, 2015
So you want to learn to the basics of steelhead fly fishing and more about the flies to catch them with do you.
Steelhead fly fishing is something very special. To some its a seasonal event that brings them outdoors when they hear the river is full of silver fish. To others its a year round adventure that brings us ever so close to the life cycles that exist in the non perfect world of nature. We are lucky to operate out of an area rich with steelhead and trout. We learn from these fish by watching them and how they utilize the rivers and streams they call home. It seems you could benefit from hiding and watching the water you intend to fish for hours before ever wetting a line. If you had weeks to study the water even better. There is something great about sitting on the fall leaves under a Sycamore tree in the shade and watching the water for silver flashes. Or a minnow being pursued by an adult steelhead on the surface. By watching the water and making mental notes you have begun your personal steelhead fly fishing journey. You can map out mentally your first casts and how to present that fly perfectly into the zone you know fish hold and feed.
Understanding the life cycles of the your local bugs and minnow life cycles will be of great value to you on any water in the world. Why not start to apply this to not only steelhead and trout fly fishing but beyond into the exotic waters of the world. You will find great enjoyment in flipping rocks to unveil the the nymph and stonflies that will become flying insects when spring break hits. Steelhead like trout do feed on natural selection menus. The can actually compete for food sources so being a good trout fly fisherman puts you on a solid steelhead path. If you are just getting exited about this as a new sport, well be exited! You have searched out a rightous path sure to reward you through natures powerful glory. Just to be on the water is a great privilege and take that to heart.
Around here at Irideus we like to practice this one very important tactic. never put your feet in the water until you have fished the edges of the runs you intend to focus your efforts on. When left alone steelhead and trout will feed and venture into areas that may surprize you. Make note of these spots and try to find a good rock to stand on with an effective casting zone. Start out with short casts. As you fish more often and become more skilled you may also evolve into spey casting fly rods which is our true passion. Even with a spey rod the shallows are scoped out and patrolled with flies tight to the bank before the big casts start rolling out. We also enjoy fighting these fish with spey rods. The lower handle gives you an anchor to hold onto. If you catch a few steelhead you will soon learn the meaning of the two words hang on. Trying to describe the event is hard. Each fish is a whole new chapter in learning,adapting and embracing. it is a wonderful thing that deserves great respect. Catch and release is a given for us and nets are only used under certain circumstance's. You need to keep these fish in the water facing up stream. Wet your hands before ever touching any fish,
Now for the hard part. The wind will blow you off the water. Your biggest fish will become the one that got away. They will break your hard and make you cheer for joy in the same breath. This is life in the raw. Open up your self to the water in a new way. as you become one with your surroundings you will fly fish to be at one with what is truly going on right at that moment in front of you.
Your gear may need to be beefed up. Many people like fly fishing with 6wt fly rods for steelhead. We like to beef up to a 7wt or a 6/7 spey or switch fly rod. If we go to the coast or Alaska we will step up the an 8wt. The fresh coastal steelhead are gear breakers. They will teach you a thing or two about life. It seems landing or losing a fresh steelhead like that will bring as close to yourself as you may ever be, so enjoy it. Remember it and cherish it and that beautiful fish that came to your fly.
If you need to pick up some fly fishing equipment for your steelhead fly fishing give the Irideus line up a new home in your gear bag. Our fly fishing boxes made in Chico California from recycled material materials are one of a kind. Even after many years we are the only company we know of making this effort. Our fly fishing flies are a reflection of our own personal steelhead,trout and salmon fly fishing journey's. They really can not be compared to. Its a must to take a look through the fly menu. This will soon be updating on our website to put a personal touch on things. Our spey rods broke the ice for many great things in our sport. It was a complement to seee similar rods made by other companies in the fly fishing industry. We have exclusive Scandi and Skagit shooting head fly fishing line designs that are available only from Irideus. These shooting head fly fishing lines will balance many of the fly fishing rods on the market if you all ready have one. In any case the gear is here for you to enjoy when you go out to hit the rivers.
We have enjoyed sharing with our friends and customers and customers over the years. it seems through life's ups and downs we all ways have nature, family and friends. Its the little things in life that matter the most. Steelhead fly fishing is a little thing not to be missed. Yet, perfect it and master it. It is one of lifes true greatest rewards