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Patient Pesistence with Dry Fly Steelhead

How can we stay positive in the midst of low steelhead returns in most our favorite rivers? How do we develop the tenacity and resolve to stay with the dry when the odds of a steelhead enounter are already dismal?

I recently posted a story on my blog with some of my thoughts and observations from the perspective of fishing suface flies for steelhead, even when it makes no sense to do so.

Feel free to visit my blog for some light reading.

I'd love to hear how you all are doing with staying the course in your dry fly steelhead game.

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Still searching for that surface grab.

I've been grinding it out on the NU. Also had a few visits to the lower Deschutes (had a great time Cody!), but with the White river blowing it out, I'm reluctant to put on any tips or leeches.

I have some trips planned later next month, but until then I'll be plodding along our slower metro rivers whenever time allows. Anyone in PDX having luck in the Clack or Sandy?
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im not an avid dry fly chaser, but I do feel like offering something to help YOU stay the course via perspective.

You're talking about chasing a fish that needs to be and act a certain way at a certain time at a certain place.

Here in the midwest, the irony is this: we have tons of fish, but often:
1. water temps that are ideal live a very short time due to our weather--affects metabolism.
2. the grabbiness of fish can often be less so due to genetics and non native species.

So, consider that we also have that unicorn factor here in the great lakes, but due to different causes.
Catching them on a dry has, even more things going against it.
Yet, still we look for that magic moment. even despite that.

Ive only had 2 encounters. Ive made probably a dozen attempts in earnest. mostly with our summer run strains, and then again with our fall run fish early in our season (october) when water temps still have them amped up. My one encounter came when I swung silver spinners without a hook, got a roll, then thew in a ginked up muddler on a thin hook and left the head really scraggly and waked it immediately afterward. I happened to know that a pod of very fresh fish had just arrived. the second time was on a larger (size 8) elk hair caddis with the lower body hackles clipped short.
good luck and mahalo!

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