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Getting Ready

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wj35

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The steelhead counts on the Columbia River have been very encouraging thus far so I've been sitting down at the vise every night to fill my boxes. While I enjoy swinging flies for steelhead with a spey rod, there's no question that nymphing is very effective. If I'm on a run with no other anglers I'll often swing a fly through the run and then work through it again with a nymph if I don't hookup swinging. I've been using Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot Hooks size 1/0 for most of my nymphs with shorter bodies. It's a heavy wire, wide gap hook with a needle-sharp point and should work great for holding a cartwheeling steelhead.

Now that my nymph box is full it's time to move onto swinging flies. Post and pictures to come next week...

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