There was a time in my fishing career that I paid little attention to the less glamorous aspects of my fishing gear. I’d spend thousands on the boat and electronics and hundreds on rods, reels, spoons and plugs, and yet I would neglect the little things like swivels, hooks and, most importantly, line.
For fly fishers, shallow water is a relative term. For most of us it means water less than three feet deep. Many of the best places on streams and along salt-water beaches, where fly fishing is often most effective, are only this deep. Some anglers find it surprising, but good-sized fish can and do utilize these shallow areas for feeding...
Here on Vancouver Island we have ample opportunity to fish low-lying lakes and even the ocean estuaries and beaches in winter or early spring. Many of these lakes have natural or stocked populations of cutthroat trout.
In my opinion, winter-run steelhead are simply the toughest fly-fishing challenge on coastal streams—period. If there is any form of fly fishing that requires anglers to pay their dues by putting in countless long hours and many days before being graced with a hook-up from their quarry, winter-run steelhead fly-fishing is it.