Switching from this:
(I tend to tie just a few extras of each pattern to be sure I don't run low and have enough to give a few away)
The season of weather and water dependent fishing opportunities is upon us, a time of doing our best on prophesying the arrival of fresh winter steelhead in our favorite runs and pools. It will be a time of connecting with my regular winter fishing friends and re familiarizing myself with my winter rivers. I'll be mentally shifting gears from the visual summertime routine of twitching and swinging wakers to the tactile experience of the winter dry line swing with wet flies on heavy irons (and not so traditional modestly weighted patterns like MOALs, marabou intruders, and Samurai's - a marabou/rabbit strip pattern). Giving skaters a go in the afternoons will be part of my routine this winter as well. Bill McMillan has told me that a degree or two rise in water temperature during midday to early afternoon can cause winter steelhead to become active enough to rise to the surface, even in relatively cold water.
Wishing you all a wonderful winter steelhead season. May many chrome encounters come your way, I'd love to hear your stories so feel free to comment on here anytime.