Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern California
In response to your question, during the past few years since releasing our first book "The Half-Pounder a Steelhead Trout, Life History and Fly Fishing”, I have been working on a second book titled “California Winter Steelhead, Life History and Fly Fishing”. The book covers the history and origin of steelhead names, taxonomy, latest information on California steelhead genetics, and the evolution and life history of California winter steelhead. In addition, insightful information on the history of California steelhead fly fishing gleamed from early manuscripts, reports and newspapers is covered.
Chapters describe the historical and current status of California rivers and creeks from the North Coast to the Southern Coast regions including the Great Central Valley. The book covers winter steelhead fly fishing equipment including rods, reels, fly lines and leaders, casting, and successful fly presentation techniques. The final chapter details the history and current status of California steelhead conservation from its beginnings in the 1800’s. The book finishes with the history of California steelhead fly tying and includes color plates of over 100 historical and current California winter steelhead.
Similar to the half-pounder book, the California winter steelhead book will be hardback with full color photos, and limited to 500 copies printed. The manuscript is with the publisher as I write and we hope to release it late summer 2020.
"As the steelheads appear fresh from the ocean, sometimes bearing living parasitic crustaceans attached to their bodies, they are of a beautiful steel blue above, with highly burnished, silvery sides." (From John Otterbein Snyder. 1925. The Half-pounder of the Eel River, A Steelhead Trout. California Fish and Game