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These will be the first steelhead fly patterns that I have tied since 1975, when I traveled up to Vancouver Island to fly fish for these sought after seagoing Trout.I will begin by tying four of each pattern – maybe more if I decide to vary sizes . A lot has changed since then and the runs have been drastically reduced and these fish along with many of the great Salmon runs are in peril. The causes are many and will not be documented here…The box is finished and recipes, additional photos , links and additional information will be posted in a few days… ( 10.30.2018 )

Completed box of traditional Steelhead Fly Patterns…

Home base… while Ally goes here to get her degree in Veterinary Medicine…

Traveling down to Lewiston, Idaho and the Clearwater River…

Coming down the grade ( Lewiston Hill )…

Traveling East along the Clearwater River towards Orofino, ID…

A right turn towards Peck, ID…

…and The Red Shed Fly Shop…I have never seen so much great stuff squished into such a small space…

So I was advised to purchase this book about the wonderful rivers in the area – The Clearwater, Grande Ronde, Salmon and Snake rivers and their tributaries. Inside one finds history, the names and bios of folks who pioneered steelhead fishing in these locations, their stories and tips, fly patterns that they used and the evolution of rods and equipment. This book is just a great read !!! Many of the first patterns I am tying will come from it, with a few variants of my own…

A pull-off, along the road, next to the Clearwater River…

GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT –  Daiichi 2441 #6…

Materials – GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

GREEN SKUNK BUTTs…

The Clearwater River at a boat ramp…

GREEN ANT (Two Variants) Black Hackle / Grizzly Hackle – Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7 … 

Materials – GREEN ANT…* The Chartreuse Ice Dub isn’t supposed to be there…:doh:

GREEN ANTs…

The Clearwater River towards Lewiston, ID from Peck, ID…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL – Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7…

Materials SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDLs…

Closer to Lewiston…

MELLOW YELLOW – Daiichi 2441, #6…

Materials MELLOW YELLOW…

MELLOW YELLOWs…

Long shot of the Clearwater River…

The North 40 Store in Lewiston in which a Fly Shop is located…about 1/6th. the size of Bob Marriott’s in L.A. …

A box in progress…

ORANGE & BLACK, Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7…

Materials ORANGE & BLACK…

ORANGE & BLACKs…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL – Daiichi 2421, #6…

Materials UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERILs…

“BEATS ME” – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5…A Bill Alspach pattern…

Materials “BEATS ME”…

“BEATS MEs”…

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #7…

Materials ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE…

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULEs…

HARBINGER – Daiichi 2050, #7…

Materials HARBINGER…

HARBINGERs…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5…

Materials UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOCs…

BOX – DOUBLED UP…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY – Rick Miller/Variant – Daiichi 2050, #5…

Materials BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLYs…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT – Daiichi 2421, #2…

Materials PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANTs…

FALL FAVORITE  – Silvius/Variant – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3…

Materials FALL FAVORITE…

FALL FAVORITEs…

COPPER COLONEL / Variant – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5…

Materials COPPER COLONEL / Variant..

COPPER COLONEL / Variants

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3…

Materials SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRRELs…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE – Daiichi 2441, 1/0…

Materials UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLEs…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5…

Materials CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLEs…

COPPER KING – Daiichi 2051, # 5…

Materials COPPER KING…

COPPER KINGs…

GREEN LANTERN – Daiichi 2051 or Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5…

Materials GREEN LANTERN

GREEN LANTERNs…

Almost completed box…

LEPRECHAUN – Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5…

Materials LEPRECHAUN…

LEPRECHAUNs…

 

 

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

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So…on Monday, July 9, I said goodbye to Los Angeles after forty seven years and headed North with Ally, Nick and Hero for the Pacific Northwest, Steelhead and Salmon,new adventures and a stone’s throw from Idaho…

Under the bougainvillea gate…

Past the LA Aqueduct, on the hill, that brings water from the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley into the San Fernando Valley…

A gourmet, tailgate breakfast with the crew in Mojave, CA where the wind always blows…

Through Red Rock Canyon State Park

Past Little Lake on Hwy 395…

Goodbye, for awhile, to the Dino Hut outside of Olancha

…and Owens Lake nearby…

Through Lone Pine, CA where I caught my first Trout when I was five and the Pizza Factory – (“We toss ‘Em , They’re Awesome”) that Michael loved when he was little…

High Sierra Outfitters in Lone Pine where my Father bought Salmon Eggs and Red Worms for my twin Brother and I, back in the 1950’s…

…and, of course , the Frosty Chalet where the best hot dogs, french fries and chocolate shakes I ever had  – after hunting for chukar, quail and pheasant in the Owens Valley back in the day…

This was the Georges Fire that had started the afternoon of Sunday, July 8 and was ragging in the foothills of the Sierra as we headed North towards Independence, CA…I spent a lot of time up in that area, through the years, fishing for Trout and later, teaching Michael and Ally how to target shoot…

Looking down towards the Owens Valley way up along Georges Creek…

The White Mountains below Independence, CA…

Ally’s favorite BBQ in the Owens Valley…Copper Top in Big Pine, CA

Along Hwy 6, North of Bishop on the way to Nevada…

Ally & Hero at the stateline…later California…

Up the grade…where’s the truck?

S’Socorro’s Place, Mina, Nevada…

Ally…healthy eating…

“Don’t ask me…”

There is the truck !…on to Winnemucca !!!

Winnemucca …1st. stop.

Overnight accommodations…

Morning in Winnemucca…

Halfway there…

Looking East, North of Winnemucca…

Last Chance to gamble … McDermitt, NV..

Flagman…hurry up and wait…almost in Oregon…

Rustic indeed…

Southeast Oregon…more desert…

There’s that truck with Nick !…

Always with the stickers…

Pit stop for Hero…

Dropping down into farmland in Idaho…

Somewhere near Arcadia, Idaho…

North of Fruitvale, ID on Hwy 95…

Near Weiser, ID…looking North…

Looking South…

Entering Payette National Forrest

Finally, some forested mountains…

This is a very pretty place that needs some additional exploring…

45th Parallel in Western Idaho…

Little Salmon River... headwaters…

The Summit above White Bird, ID

The Salmon River…

Outside of Lewiston, ID…

Lewiston Hill…Entering Washington State…

On to Pullman, WA…

Apples in the front and backyard…

Ally & Hero…

My new view…  🙂

 

NEXT: Lil’ Moo in Maui then BIG MOO on the Madison River and other places…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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