Video: The Real Steelheading Experience

Written by: Derek Botchford and Steve Morrow, Epic Waters Angling

Epic Waters Angling and Orvis have teamed up to create a steelheading miniseries. Using the latest Orvis prototypes, the clips are specifically catered to small-stream tactics. After a busy season of guiding, Derek Botchford and Steve Morrow set out to deliver viewers techniques that are designed to elevate the game of steelhead anglers from the west to the Great Lakes.

When trying to think of a series like this, we envisioned the most important aspects of successful guided days–those things that we see day to day out on the water. We hope that, whether you’re a newbie fishing the Deschutes on a blistering summer day or an expert on a small Erie tributary, you learned a few things to take your fishing to the next level. In creating this series, we certainly learned from one another and were reminded of plenty that’s easy to slip through the cracks.

If there’s one single lesson beginners to experts can take into consideration, it’s that you should always go out on the water with intent. Approach the conditions with intent, the river with intent, and your technique with intent. Fishing is therapeutic and losing yourself in the moment is a great respite, but angling with a purpose at every turn is a recipe for success.

It’s now obvious that guides never screw up on their days off and that editing has nothing to do with superstar clips (queue bloopers). The success of steelheading is measured in amazing moments, not days.

See all 15 videos in this series on the
Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.

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