The 10 Keys to Learning how to Fly Fish for Steelhead

Stelhead on a Fly

1. Get a fly fishing buddy that knows how to read steelhead water and will share his insight with you.

2. Read “A Steelheader’s Way” Principles, Tactics, and Techniques by Lani Waller and Dec Hogan’s “A Passion for Steelhead” fly fishing books and learn how they read water.

3. Move close (within 1 hour) to a steelhead river and identify where the guides are consistently.

4. Fly fish for steelhead every month of the year.

5. Hire a great guide like Brian Silvey or Tony Wratney, ask them at least 50 questions, learn what flies they use and why, then do what they say.

6. Fly fish for steelhead every month of the year.

7. Watch the John and Amy Hazel videos.

8. Fly fish for steelhead every month of the year.

9. Take a spey casting class, buy at least 2 spey rods-an 8wt. and a 7wt switch, get them outfitted with the proper lines and tips.

10. Fly fish for steelhead every month of the year.

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