Steelhead Alley affords fly anglers a remarkable opportunity: chasing steelhead using Spey tactics.
Brought to fame by Scottish Atlantic salmon anglers, Spey casting involves long double-handed flyrods and aggressive shooting-head systems delivering heavy sink tips and large, visually arresting flies to the fish.
Here on the Alley I favour comparatively short Spey or Switch rods, typically between 11 and 12 feet in length, though I can provide a thirteen-foot Howitzer if firepower is your jam!
Swung steelhead flies are works of art. I prefer Intruder-style patterns, though more realistic baitfish imitators are also deadly. On your Spey trip you will fish with nothing but time-tested steelhead producers which have accounted for hundreds of fish over many years. The experience of an angry steelhead attacking a swung fly on a tight line is simply inimitable.
If you have experience on the Spey, I can show you quality water on which to hone your skills. If you are a Spey neophyte, it would be my privilege to connect you with your first swung steelhead!