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
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Fly fishing our local trout streams and creeks with Irideus fly fishing flies and attractor nymph patterns
It seems the big pools below the water falls had us all running and scrambling over the rocky terrain like kids. The big fish seemed to find our patient friend down stream. The slow water at the end of the stadium style holes looked great but few of us fished it. As we got back together mid day it was clear that an Irideus wooly bugger bugger cast by an expert hand had put together a three trout hat trick that blew us away. Try to swing wooly buggers over these areas while keeping yourself well hidden from any trophy trout. Steelhead will hold this way at times but it was unique to see a few massive rainbows holding the same way. We spent some time having lunch and watching a few big trout holding right below the bedrock wall. The barley fit under the tiny ledge and were very hard to see. It seems once the pick a food item out it has little chance of getting away from this pack of trophy trout
May your days on the water be many!
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Irideus Steelhead Flies for 2015 using trout fly fishing tactics proves trout shall be king for the day!
A big grumpy buck steelhead that was slashing minnows at the bottom of the riffle was after the Irideus epoxy minnows yet was hooked on a #14 Irideus Caddis fly fishing fly. The Irideus Zen shooting heads are now available for single hand fly rods aalso this year. The Irideus zen Shooting Head line up offers some custom line grain weights to balance any fly rod on the market. We enjoy our spey and switch fly rods and have tuned our Zen shooting heads to meet a distance casting approach with a finesse touch.