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Johannes:
Thanks for the great read. It was so great to meet you and Adam and to show off one of the most beautiful places on earth! I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with you guys as we anticipated the surface grab through each run. Having kindred spirits in this crazy pursuit is just awesome. It wasn't all that long ago when I felt like a lonely nutjob in the world of surface steelhead. I have been so happy to see a new generation of steelheaders who have been inspired to take the leap of faith into the challenging, yet rewarding realm of pursuing steelhead on the surface.

Your and Adam's resolve with dries in spite of the tough fishing was an inspiration. This, especially considering that you guys are long distance steelheaders on a once a year trip!

Wishing the best for next year,

Todd
 

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I was blessed to have hung out with some passionate out-of-state dryfly steelheaders. Johannes, you and Adam had me inspired. And your generosity will not be easily forgotten. You fellows fit right in to our mysterious west coast steelhead rivers. The saga and lore of the elusive steelhead benefits from the chapters that you and Adam have experienced and shared with us all.

Cheers to raising the ghosts (whilst I raised some gifted wonderful brews from CO and TN)!
Adrian

Those Looky-Loo Steelhead are confounding.
 

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Thanks Todd! Hope to share a river with you again soon!

Johannes:
Thanks for the great read. It was so great to meet you and Adam and to show off one of the most beautiful places on earth! I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with you guys as we anticipated the surface grab through each run. Having kindred spirits in this crazy pursuit is just awesome. It wasn't all that long ago when I felt like a lonely nutjob in the world of surface steelhead. I have been so happy to see a new generation of steelheaders who have been inspired to take the leap of faith into the challenging, yet rewarding realm of pursuing steelhead on the surface.

Your and Adam's resolve with dries in spite of the tough fishing was an inspiration. This, especially considering that you guys are long distance steelheaders on a once a year trip!

Wishing the best for next year,

Todd
 

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Thanks so much man for YOUR hospitality! You still need to tell us where you got those magical steelhead pants.

I was blessed to have hung out with some passionate out-of-state dryfly steelheaders. Johannes, you and Adam had me inspired. And your generosity will not be easily forgotten. You fellows fit right in to our mysterious west coast steelhead rivers. The saga and lore of the elusive steelhead benefits from the chapters that you and Adam have experienced and shared with us all.

Cheers to raising the ghosts (whilst I raised some gifted wonderful brews from CO and TN)!
Adrian

Those Looky-Loo Steelhead are confounding.
 

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Jo, awesome story! And you fished Overhang?! An absolute gem of a run. It was a pleasure meeting and fishing with you and Adam. Cheers guys, you're on the right path. Cya next year, I hope!
 

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Thanks so much man for YOUR hospitality! You still need to tell us where you got those magical steelhead pants.
:hihi: You mean the funny pants.

A few years ago, Aaron Ostoj and I hiked into a stretch of the Sandy R. for winter steelhead. He had these full length wool hunting pants that he mentioned were great for warmth...I was intrigued for under wader wear but thought that full length pants would bunch up in the waders.

I started searching online for "wool breeks". Breeks are the Scots' term for breeches or trousers (in North America, I think the terms used are "knickers/knickerbockers"). I went out on a limb and ordered some online. I may look goofy, but functionally, the pants are the bees knees: easy to slide into waders, keeps me warm enough without too much layering (at times I just wear knee length wool socks with the breeks under the waders). I have La Crosse hunting boots that I just slip in and out of when done with fishing.

Warm. No wet pant leg hems when walking thru brush. No need to tuck pant legs into my wader socks. Get some Plus Twos (or if you prefer the baggy golfer look: Plus Fours - but those likely won't fit in waders).

I have been wearing breeks for maybe 3 years now.. I really like their functionality. The price range for the pants is pretty broad with the more affordable breeks at around 40-50 US dollars (the pair I own) and the top end nearing $500.

I can't believe I just posted about pants on the dry fly thread. :chuckle:
 

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Haha! Seriously though they looked to be an ideal under wader pant and I would bet your steelhead game increased substantially after their purchase ha! I am looking into them. Thanks for the info! Soon you will see them in fly shops everywhere....

Thanks so much man for YOUR hospitality! You still need to tell us where you got those magical steelhead pants.
<img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/hihi.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Hihi" class="inlineimg" /> You mean the funny pants.

A few years ago, Aaron Ostoj and I hiked into a stretch of the Sandy R. for winter steelhead. He had these full length wool hunting pants that he mentioned were great for warmth...I was intrigued for under wader wear but thought that full length pants would bunch up in the waders.

I started searching online for "wool breeks". Breeks are the Scots' term for breeches or trousers (in North America, I think the terms used are "knickers/knickerbockers"). I went out on a limb and ordered some online. I may look goofy, but functionally, the pants are the bees knees: easy to slide into waders, keeps me warm enough without too much layering (at times I just wear knee length wool socks with the breeks under the waders). I have La Crosse hunting boots that I just slip in and out of when done with fishing.

Warm. No wet pant leg hems when walking thru brush. No need to tuck pant legs into my wader socks. Get some Plus Twos (or if you prefer the baggy golfer look: Plus Fours - but those likely won't fit in waders).

I have been wearing breeks for maybe 3 years now.. I really like their functionality. The price range for the pants is pretty broad with the more affordable breeks at around 40-50 US dollars (the pair I own) and the top end nearing $500.

I can't believe I just posted about pants on the dry fly thread. <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/chuckle.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Chuckle" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Best hole of the entire trip! It was amazingly beautiful and would definitely hold fish. I will let you know our plan for next year for sure!

Jo, awesome story! And you fished Overhang?! An absolute gem of a run. It was a pleasure meeting and fishing with you and Adam. Cheers guys, you're on the right path. Cya next year, I hope!
 

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Haha! Seriously though they looked to be an ideal under wader pant and I would bet your steelhead game increased substantially after their purchase ha! I am looking into them. Thanks for the info! Soon you will see them in fly shops everywhere....
Careful man, Adrian is a fashion icon. You start trying to keep up with his look, and you'll be spending all your time reading GQ instead of fishing.
 

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I looked to pull out my breeches that I used when fishing the Itchen many years ago . . . I think I need a size larger. Great idea, though.
 

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Haha! #fact

Haha! Seriously though they looked to be an ideal under wader pant and I would bet your steelhead game increased substantially after their purchase ha! I am looking into them. Thanks for the info! Soon you will see them in fly shops everywhere....
Careful man, Adrian is a fashion icon. You start trying to keep up with his look, and you'll be spending all your time reading GQ instead of fishing.
 

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I fished the Salmon River in NY recently on a day that on paper seemed like it would be a great day. Wind picked up and the leaf hatch was full blown in the lower end of the river so we decided to take a break and head further upstream. Since my expectations were already low on getting a fish I took the afternoon to wake a grease liner and fish a longer line through some boulders. I ended up catching an 8” steelhead parr on the surface. Not exactly a fish worth talking about but the fact that it came up to eat was a huge confidence boost to keep giving this a shot after being told numerous times that it won’t happen.

https://youtu.be/6tG4JfbYeGI
 

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Looking to revive this thread, I want to hear some new stories from those who've just started or those who're well seasoned. Cheers and skate 'em up.
 

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I've got a new bug I schemed up a few years back and finally got around to tying. Of course it turns out to be pretty similar to other bugs I've seen since first doodling about it on the corner of a sketchbook. But anyways, I took the first couple down for a very slow and super hot week on a southern river, and though no hookups, I'm pretty happy with the way the little thing wakes. I'll get a picture of it or the next variation soon. The water temps were peaking at 68, so it may be my last trip til things cool down, but had one big boil, and on my last evening, a beautiful fly-by, a decent sized fishing rocketing up and coming down on the bug, but missing the hookup. Both served to rev up my energy flagging in the heat.

Here's the first version, bedraggled after a week of skating.
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A beautiful Novel built within 16 pages or more of Speypages WELL DONE TEAM !!!

But a lagging question still remains unasked... it has been nagging me for a LONG LONG TIME

In relation to Atlantic Salmon... Why does it seem so difficult to pin a steelhead on a dry???? I

I have actually pinned more Atlantics on dries than wets, and truth be told I am glad I did as the viewing of the stalked and the aggressive takes are an adrenalin like no other....

If you look at the raw behavior of the species in relation to each other I can see no huge differences, except for what seems their unwillingness to be aggravated into striking a drifted or hitched fly .

Yes my favoritism and knowledge is solely based on my Atlantic Salmon experiences and all the wonderful reading above.

Please do Tell?????????????
 
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