Take a step out of the boat and get comfortable moving into the river, you are now on a fish level and have literally walked into their world. This is when you hope you have made the right choice in waders, boots and socks to keep those feet from feeling the chill. Dress appropriately and layer up, you have just been introduced to Wild Winter Steelhead on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula!
Before you get overjoyed at making a beautiful cast with a perfect D-Loop, choosing the right rod might be a good place to start. We have 4 rods available in three different lengths ( 12’,13’,14’ ) with different line weights to match the fly you are throwing, water speed and size of fish you may encounter. Nautilus Fly Reels and G-Loomis NRX Fly Rods in a 6, 7/8, 8/9 and 9/10 wt are your choices and pairing you with the correct rod will make or break your day. Being able to feel your line load throughout the rod and knowing when to apply more power will be your biggest challenge but when the two meet, great things can happen.
90% of the trips booked using this technique are penciled in for two days. Day 1: Morning to Lunch – Learning to throw a fly using any of the following casts – Single Spey, Double Spey, Snap C, Snap T, Snap Z or Perry Poke. Don’t get overwhelmed not knowing what each of these mean because they will all be demonstrated by your guide and you will attempt one of the mentioned to make your dreams come true. You will spend the remainder of Day 1 and 2 casting at holding steelhead in water that has produced fish. Now the fun begins!
You just made the perfect cast, mended your line correctly as the fly slowly moves closer to the strike zone. Your line sweeps slowly from the far side of the river and begins to undulate in the hang down, you wait patiently….for a few seconds….and then feel a spongy slow pull that instinctively makes you lift the tip of your rod, higher and higher, BOOM! Massive head shakes from the fish you always wanted on the end of your line. He breaks the waters surface as your heart races and all you can say in your mind is “please don’t spit it!!” As you fight this salty chrome brute your thoughts race as you dream about his or her size, what the photo will look like, and who will be the lucky son of a gun who will make your replica that rests above the fireplace? This is not a dream, this is Spey fishing.
At LPJ’s Guide Service we give you the hands on coaching you’ll need to get you there, all you have to do is……FEEL THE GRAB!