Kc Badger Can’t Catch a Steelhead

Steelhead are the mythical, uncatchable creatures of the PNW – right up there with Bigfoot – well known to be the fish of a thousand casts. But to Kc Badger, they are much more than that. Since moving from the arid desert of Arizona to the rainy city of Portland, steelhead have haunted Kc. It’s not from a lack of trying, or from a lack of skill, or even from lack of knowledge about these fish. Kc Badger just can’t seem to catch a steelhead, or can he…

Editors note:

Steelhead, as a species, are absolutely not hard to catch. They’ll grab almost anything, they aggressively chase down flies and lures, and they are not selective or leader shy. In fact, they’re probably the easiest of all salmonids to regularly catch on a fly. They are, only difficult and a challenge and precious, because there are almost none left. If we were anywhere close to the historical numbers, we’d all hook large numbers of fish every time.


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