above: Guide Whitney Gould preparing to release a wild Steelhead caught by Terry Armstrong.
This fall Headhunters will be hosting two different Steelhead fly fishing trips to Idaho’s legendary Clearwater River with guides Tracy Allen, Whitney Gould and Zack Williams. Clearwater Steelhead are among the largest summer run fish in the lower 48, and that is the ultimate goal. But along the way you will receive some incredible on-water spey casting instruction from some of the best in the region. We are touting this as a Steelhead Spey School and Guided Fishing Trip. Rest assured, you’ll be fishing the entire time. No grass casting, demonstrations or power-point presentations. Tracy, Whitney and Zach are full time fishing guides and they will be working there butts off to get you into fish.
If you’re looking to improve your casting technique you’ll have 3 excellent instructors, all of whom bring different casting styles and teaching techniques to the conversation. And as Clearwater guides, they fish and work in a “big ballpark”. Even at low autumn flows, the Clearwater can force you find every inch of distance in your spey cast, and this threesome can help you find those extra feet. Expect instruction to revolve around long casts and floating lines using Scandi and mid-belly techniques.
As for the fishing, the Clearwater is known for many things, but being easy isn’t one of them. It’s a difficult and demanding place to catch fish, and any encounter with a Steelhead is typically considered a success. But the fish are there, and they can run large. Many consider the Clearwater to be one of the birthplaces of floating line Steelhead angling, using techniques and flies based on classic Atlantic Salmon fishing. If you like fishing for Steelhead on or near the surface, you’ll love the Clearwater.
Accommodations are clean, simple and affordable. Because of this we are booking this as a “single-occupancy” trip. Each guest will have his or her own room, and you do not need to find a second to go with you. Most anglers will probably schedule a day or 3 after the trip, and continue exploring the Clearwater on their own. You can also cross the border into Washington and be casting on the Snake and Grande Ronde rivers in an hour or less.