Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oregon Steelhead Water
Time Spent Chasing Summer Steelhead On the Surface
Just for fun and discussion, I decided to set up a poll regarding how much time you spend fishing for summer runs on top during "ideal" conditions, ie., with water temperatures say 48 degrees and up and with the river at typical summer flows. This includes full surface fishing with wakers/skaters or dead drifted dries.
For me, when fishing for summer runs I always want the opportunity to see a steelhead grab on top, can't beat the visual excitement of the surface take. Even when surface fishing is slow, I persist with a waking fly, even in less than ideal conditions and sometimes, even during the winter season. I'll occasionally go to a small wet on a floating line, usually only when I've raised a fish on a waker and it won't comeback. I rarely fish subsurface as a primary method during the summer run season. So, my time spent fishing for summer runs on top is greater than 95% of the time.
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with surface steelheading. I would love to hear how you all have been doing this season with bringing steelhead to the top. Despite my persistent efforts, I've had modest success with surface steelheading this season, but every steelhead raised to a surface fly stands out as a special event to me.