Steelhead Alley with Greg Senyo
Published: 10/27/2015
Description: For this week’s podcast we have an interview with author, guide, fly designer, and master steelheader Greg Senyo, who grew up in the Steelhead Alley region and knows it intimately. If you are heading to Lake Erie this year, or to any of the Great Lakes tributaries, you’ll find some solid tips on how to have more fun. In the Fly Box this week we talk about “dry fly nirvana”, where to go on a Rocky Mountain trout trip (I don’t give any recommendations and I say why I don’t), how to catch suckers and carp in a trout stream, tying flies with silk, keeping your pant legs down when wearing waders, why expensive sunglasses are worth it, tips on tying Glo Bugs, the benefits of micro jig hooks, and why dry flies sometime twist your tippet.
Steelhead Tips with Adam MacNamara
Published: 10/10/2015
Description: This week’s podcast is worth listening to, just for the entertainment value of hearing a listener say he doesn’t listen to many of the podcasts because I “speak too slowly as if you are a grade school teacher teaching remedial students” and that “Words or ideas that are so basically common knowledge of this sport need no explanation. For example, if one of your listeners doesn’t know what a tippet is, they should look it up elsewhere and not waste the other listeners’ time with a long, slooow, and overdrawn explanation” So take that, you dummies! Use Google and don’t bother me with your basic questions. Are you bothered by this? Or do you have a different opinion? If so, please listen to the podcast and then come back to this post to air your comments. If I’m boring you I want to hear about it. Oh, yeah, and my long overdrawn explanations this week cover right-angle nymph rigs, rotary vises, lines for bonefish, year class dominance in trout, why there is no magic fly for a hatch, tying the Surf Candy, and much more. And the main event is an interview with Adam MacNamara, manager of the Orvis retail store in Portland Oregon and longtime steelhead angler and guide. And you’ll never guess what we talk about…
Steelhead Tips with Dave Perkins
Published: 12/05/2014
Description: This week I interview Dave Perkins, one of the members of the family that owns Orvis and Executive Vice Chairman of Orvis. Dave is one of the most well-traveled and experienced fly fishers I know, but he still enjoys fishing close to home as well. In this case he is sharing his tips on catching Eastern, lake-run steelhead from smaller Great Lakes tributaries. Dave has been doing this for many years so his tips are solid and helpful.In the fly box, we talk about the ethics of fishing for spawning fish, how many turns to take on a clinch knot, tips on making dubbed bodies, Mysis shrimp, and use of sinking lines for nymph fishing.
Tips for Catching Warm Weather Steelhead
Published: 08/15/2014
Description: In this week’s podcast, I interview my old friend Brian O’Keefe, founder of Catch Magazine, on tips for catching warm weather steelhead. Brian is one of the best anglers and teachers around, and I think it’s a particularly helpful interview full of good solid information. Plus it’s always fun to have Brian on the podcast. In the fly box, we talk about “buddy fish”, the utility of stripping baskets, a recommended rod for moving up from trout fishing, plus other short topics.
Even More on Catching East Coast Steelhead
Published: 11/08/2012
Description: In our continuing steelhead series, we’ve moved a little further east and this week we cover the streams of New York and Pennsylvania. We don’t give specific recommendations on rivers, but Shawn Brillon, our resident Great Lakes steelhead, Spey casting, and fly tying expert, shares his knowledge on how to time your steelhead trips on Great Lakes tribs, tackle to use, when and how to swing flies, and how to fish egg flies and nymphs. It’s a long podcast with a substantial Fly Box section at the beginning, so sit back and relax and daydream about steelhead.
East Coast Steelhead
Published: 10/11/2012
Description: This week we continue our coverage of steelhead with a podcast interview with Steve Kuieck on the basics of Great Lakes steelheading. Steve concentrates on the techniques used on his home waters in Michigan, but the advice he gives is valid for steelheaders in all the Great Lakes tributaries, as well as steelheading on the West Coast. And of course we cover the gamut with quick tips for listeners who have asked questions via e-mail and our podcast request telephone line — 802-362-8800.
West Coast Steelhead
Published: 10/01/2012
Description: This week we have a long podcast, well over an hour, because Damien Nurre of Deep Canyon Outfitters and I got all wound up about steelhead. We could have gone on for hours about tackle, reading water, fly selection, how to hook them, and how to time your trip properly. Damien gives some expert tips on how to catch steelhead and reminds us that it’s mostly a matter of luck and persistence. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stack the deck in our odds. Damien is an articulate and thoughtful angler and teacher with lots of solid tips, so if you fly fish for steelhead or if you’ve ever wanted to, here’s your chance to get some world-class information.
The Swine Flu Survivor Steelhead Madness Podcast
Published: 11/12/2009
Description: Tom has returned from a very nasty bout with H1N1 to record a podcast episode on our most requested podcast topic so far: STEELHEAD! It's possible that no other topic can inspire as much discussion among anglers as fly fishing for steelhead. Tom's take on technique is "if it's legal, it works for you and you're having fun, it's all good." Whatever you style, Tom has some great tips in this podcast!
Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead
Published: 10/06/2010
Description: Tom has three big tips for fly fishing for steelhead on location, timing and presentation. He has what he calls a half a tip on tackle.
The Joy of Swinging: How, Where and When to Do It
Published: 07/21/2011
Description: This week I talk about swinging, and get your mind out of the gutter because it's not that kind of swinging. This is a family show. We discuss the art and science of swinging flies for trout, salmon, and steelhead, one of the most relazing and elegant way of covering lots of water. It doesn't work all the time and in every type of water, so listen to the podcast to find out where and when to do it--and how to choose the right fly. In the Fly Box questions this week we talk about using a 7-weight rod for trout, what an individual can do to make a trout stream better, invasive species, and how to catch bass in southern rivers in summer. Plus a note about an exciting new upgrade to our fishing reports where you can get a text message every time your favorite waters are updated.
Steelhead East and West
Published: 09/12/2011
Description: Steelhead are one of the most glamorous and frustrating fish you can catch with a fly rod. They are similar in behavior and fighting ability to Atlantic salmon, but whereas our fly fishing traditions for Atlantic salmon came from a more aristocratic background, fly fishing for steelhead evolved via a more populist tradition. Where can you fish for steelhead? What techniques work best? Are the fish from the Great Lakes a true steelhead or just a big rainbow trout, and how do fishing techniques for them differ? And how many steelhead can you expect to catch in a day's fishing? (in my experience, you should expect to catch zero and be pleasantly surprised). Listen to this week's podcast and get some tips on steelhead fishing, and then visit our podcast forum to add your thoughts or suggest future steelhead podcast topics, as this is not the last of our steelhead podcasts for this season.
Tom's Steelhead Tips
Published: 12/05/2008
Description: In this podcast, Tom shares his steelhead tips. Arrive early, go home late, be ready for nasty weather and you could be rewarded with some great fishing.

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