Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs - Spey Pages
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-25-2007, 06:00 PM
Posts: n/a
Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs

I just finished reading this book and have nothing but great things to say about it. I know it is outdated as it was written in the early 90's but I really enjoyed reading it. Not knowing much about the Pacific North West I found it to have a wealth of information. Some of the sections on how entire strains of Steelhead were forever lost due to the building of Dam's almost brought a tear to my eye. "Maybe they did but I will never tell" The best part about the book for me was learning a little bit about the various rivers and the history of there Steelhead. Along with the history of the fish was great writing on the men who chased "well still are chasing I hope" them with fly rods and the flies they invented to catch them. I found his writing to be a lot like John Gierach which in my opinion ranks him with the greatest outdoor writers ever. If anyone is looking for a great piece of writing I would highly recommend this book.

Sponsored Links
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-25-2007, 07:26 PM
Posts: n/a
Interestingly, I just pulled my copy off the bookshelf. After getting Dec's book to read I decided I wanted to read Trey's again, too, as I first read it right after it came out. Hopefully, some time between now and the end of April I'll have them both read. What I remember most about Trey's book was the endless amount of research he had to do to write it. The chapters on many of the PNW rivers and on several of the most famous steelhead gurus were extremely well done and a great read. I'd sure like to see him do an updated edition some time soon.
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 02:02 AM
chrome-magnon man
Dana's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: west coast steelhead/salmon, BC/Alberta trout
Posts: 5,375
One of the best books around. Highly recommended. I really don't think I would have gotten into steelheading if it wasn't for this book and Lani Waller's videos.

Dana is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 11:58 AM
Junkyard Spey
MJC's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Clearwater River, Peck, ID
Posts: 7,112
The Steelhead fly fishers bible. I don't think it is outdated at all. Just the sections on the various rivers and the anglers that fished them will most likely never be matched in one book.

Poppy=Red Shed Spey Rod Pimp
FRSCA-Founding Member

How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
MJC is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 01:09 PM
Released to spawn
Speyducer's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
Posts: 4,349

Coombs book - just got a copy, and from the first read it is full of gems. Time doesn't seem to have aged the book much, except for the change in steelie numbers, some more modern fly patterns, and the change in lines.

Looks like will occupy a revered place in my library.


If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles (spey rods). Doug Larson

Take only photographs, retain only memories, leave only a good impression of yourself, perhaps just footprints.

Your lines, your rivers, your way!
Speyducer is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 01:29 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Rockies-PNW-B.C.
Posts: 545
Great book that I have read and re-read many times. I often assume that everybody has this book but if you do not yet it is a must.

Industry Rep for:
R.L.Winston, Waterworks-Lamson, Scientific Anglers, Ross, William Joseph, Solitude Flies, St. Croix, Titan Rod Vault, Wheatley, Trout Hunter, Hatch Reels & Korkers.
GPearson is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 04:46 PM
Relapsed Speyaholic
sinktip's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
Posts: 5,269
It is THE bible. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about Dec's book as well so maybe it is the New Testement


"Loud reels save lives"
sinktip is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 11:01 PM
Registered User
slow and low's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Deschutes, Sandy, Oregon
Posts: 91
Got mine today

I have been fishing steelhead on the fly for over a decade (I know it's not a long time). Checked this book out the other day from the library and am on page 135. A package showed up today and it was a book for me. My wife...a gem.

The book is autographed. Anyone know who James C. Vist MD is?

This book could have save me a lot of time and money.

slow and low is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2007, 12:17 AM
Pullin' Thread
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: NW Washington
Posts: 4,694
I cherish my copy of this book of Trey's, especially since he not only signed it for me, he also added a personal note with his signature since we know each other. About the only portions of this book that are outdated are the information on 2-handed rods and lines only because there are a lot more of both available now than when he wrote the book.

I don't know how many of you know this or not; but Trey wrote other books on steelhead fly fishing before this one, although they are not as large or extensive as STEELHEAD FLY FISHING. Each of those had bibliographies and quite a bit of research went into them as well.

I haven't yet read Dec's book, although I know him as well and used to run into him a lot each spring on the Skagit or Sauk before he gave up guiding and moved to Salt Lake City. I would expect Dec's book to be a good one though because he is a very good and knowledgeable stealhead fisherman.
flytyer is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 02:44 PM
bob wickwire
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: babine river
Posts: 4
Send a message via Skype™ to babine bob
Thumbs up Interesting how i found this page

I was looking for Trey's address so he can sign on the back cover of my book when it is published. Neat, i am glad it happened as the comments are very interesting on his book after so many years.

We sold Silver Hilton in 98 and i have been back as a guest a few times but this year i am guiding on the Damdochax, a river i have always wanted to experience.

I live in Kelowna, bc, fish a lot but never have become an accomplished spey caster like the rest of you on Spey Clave!

Nice to be here like George Burns said on his 100th birthday, "it great to be here, at my age it great to be anywhere"
babine bob is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 07:37 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Idaho Panhandle
Posts: 158
Originally Posted by K.W.Boozer View Post
Some of the sections on how entire strains of Steelhead were forever lost due to the building of Dam's almost brought a tear to my eye.
Idaho author Cort Conley on the construction of Dwarshack Dam:
"There have always been more politicians than suitable damsites. Building the highest straight axis gravity dam in the Western Hemisphere, on a river with a mean flow of 5,000 cubic feet per second, at a cost of $312 million, in the name of flood-control, is the second-funniest joke in Idaho. The funniest joke is inside the visitor center: a government sign entreats, "…help protect this delicate environment for future generations."

"I was spey casting for sure. Everything else I'm unsure about." ~Mumbles
Elvez is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 10:49 PM
Relapsed Speyaholic
sinktip's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
Posts: 5,269

Welcome to the Pages. Don't be a stranger.



"Loud reels save lives"
sinktip is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 03:05 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Vancouver WA
Posts: 1,092
I agree with Poppy it's not at all outdated.. Even the gear that was available then was just as good as what we have today at catching fish yes even lines and sink tips!

I always wanted him to do an addendum to his section on "the great rivers" and do a section called " the lesser rivers" not focusing so much on the rivers and their current fishing but on the impact they and the anglers who fished them have had on the history of steelhead fly fishing.

Kory you are right the history of northwest dam building is very sad.. seeing pictures of some of the June Hog spring chinook that were once common in the Columbia is especially sad..

On the other hand without the dams we'd all be speaking Japanese that's not an excuse just a matter of fact.

"Never be afraid to show love" Frank Moore
roballen is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crash course on steelhead fishing………… Steelie Addict Fishing with the Doublehanded Rod 5 08-21-2006 11:48 PM
DVDs on steelhead fishing McIntyre Destinations 2 11-12-2005 05:44 AM
Washington steelhead fishing near HWY 5 nevada caster Destinations 4 09-26-2002 04:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome