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  1. Default Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Hello from North Eastern Oregon
    I am new to Steelhead Fly fishing.( my new passion)
    I have dry fly fished for summer trout most of my life.
    I live near the Elk Horn Mnts in North Eastern Oregon.
    I fish the JohnDay River, Grande Rhonde, Walla Walla, Columbia and the Clearwater in Idaho.
    I am a Wind Turbine Service Technician in Oregon.
    I’m married with two kids and blessed with Wife who loves the fish and be in the outdoors as much as I do.
    My wife and I are starting our first season fly fishing for Steelhead .

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    Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Hi Mike,

    Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to your post.

    That is some good water. My wife and I use to fish the John Day for bass when I lived in that area. Fly fishing for Steelhead is very specialized. If it was me I would hire a guide for one day on the water of your choice. It will greatly cut down on your learning curve. You won't catch as many with flies but man is it fun. You might even think about learning to Spey cast. It would be handy on some of the big water.

    Do you have a boat? Dang, I forgot you can't fish from a moving boat. Well it will help you get around.

    Frank

  3. Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Hi Frank
    Thank you for the welcome.
    I have steelhead fished for many years as a Drifter of Roe and jigs.
    I have always summer trout fished with a fly pole.
    This year I’m going to go the Spey route, and give it shot for Steelhead.
    I own an Alumaweld Drift Boat, and a 12’ Pontoon boat.
    Thank you for the tip.
    My neighbor is an old school Spey caster and has been working with me some to get ready.
    My new pole should be here Friday ( Hopefully) .
    The one thing I’m trying to learn is the sink or not to sink, being a dry flyer for trout, the sink would be a whole new thing for me.

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    Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Mike,

    It sounds like you have everything under control. A big help having someone close by to help you with the Spey cast. I am sure you know from your roe fishing that you need to be on the bottom. I think you will have to go with a sink tip line to be successful. You might get by with surface fishing for summer run Steelhead but winter Steelhead will need to be on the bottom.

    What Spey rod did you buy?

    Frank

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    Frank

    Sage VT2 Series 14'4" 4pc 9wt and Ross reel. Is the one Im going to start with.
    good advice onthe sink tip, thank you.

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    Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Hi Mike,

    The VT2 looks like a good choice. What Ross reel did you get? Are you going to be using a Skagit style line. I know a lot of Steelhead fishers use them in the North West.

    Frank


    Sage VT2

  7. Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    I am going with the Ross Cimarron Large Arbor Reel
    Im not sure on the line.

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    Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Steelheadin, Oregonian family man that works in green energy- We'll take YA!

    (even if you do call it a "pole")

    Only kidding, welcome to the group! Loking forward to your contributions.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

  9. Default Re: Hello from North Eastern Oregon

    Thanks Big Cliff
    Sorry been away to classes and traveling repairing wind turbines.
    I see I did say "Pole" LOL musta been tired.

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