Sandy Steelhead

Cold Weather Layering

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:34 -- Tom Larimer
Simms Layering
Are you ready? -Greg Senyo Photo

The winter season is upon us and with it brings cold days, dropping water temperatures and un-crowded rivers. I love fishing in the winter because braving the elements is usually rewarded with solitude.

If you love chasing steelhead and trout during the cold months it pays to be prepared with the proper layering system. Here are the technical garments I wear when the weather turns and rivers once again offer the opportunity to be alone. With the holidays approaching I thought some “Wish List” ideas would be in order as well!

Winter Steelheading is Here!

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:28 -- Tom Larimer
Winter Steelhead
Hope is your strongest weapon...

Thanksgiving is the unofficial beginning of winter steelheading. Any day now the big chromers of the cold season will be entering our rivers. It's time for chucking huge flies with Skagit heads into big green rivers running through lush rain forests. Ya baby!

Our intentions are driven by hope... We hope that the river will be in shape. We hope that that weather doesn't suck. We hope for that magical moment when a winter steelhead finds our lonely fly in the swirling green currents.

In the game of winter steelhead, hope truly is your strongest weapon.

5 Tips for Winter Steelhead

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:15 -- Tom Larimer
Winter Steelhead
Hooked up

Here's a few tips to help you find more steelhead this winter. Happy hunting!

Look for the “Gooey” water. If you’ve ever fished with me, you’ve heard me talk about matching the water I choose to fish with the water temperatures. In the cold months of winter, don't waste precious fishing time in the short days of winter fishing fast riffles... The fish don't live there when the water is cold. Instead, focus your efforts in the slow, “gooey” water in the guts and tail-outs of pools.

Winter Steelhead Season is Close

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 14:02 -- Tom Larimer
Winter Steelhead
Sean Visintainer from The Silver Bow fly shop with winter chrome

The first big November storm is poised to slam the Northwest this weekend. As the last leaves fall from the trees it's hard not to start thinking about winter steelhead!

Read more about winter steelhead...

Winter Steelhead Season Breakdown

Winter Steelhead Flies

Swinging From the Boat

Swinging From the Boat

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 13:14 -- Tom Larimer
Clackamas River Steelhead Fly Fishing
Captain Kevin swinging from the boat

The past few weeks have given us cold weather and low, clear water on the Sandy & Clackamas. That means the winter steelhead move out of the traditional swing water and into the deep slots. While some of these spots can be reached from a wade position, swinging from a drift boat opens new possibilities.

Ode To Orange Flies

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 02:42 -- Tom Larimer
Orange Reverse Marabou
Orange Reverse Marabou

Orange is one of my favorite colors for winter steelhead. However, like all colors it has its time and place. Here's a few situations when an orange fly really shines.

1. Fresh fish. -New fish in the crick respond well to orange, much better than stale fish.

2. Dirty water with the sun shining. -No color works better.

3. Near the ocean. -Regardless of water conditions, orange rocks when fishing coastal rivers.