Author: Jeff Mishler

Ed Ward Back On The Skagit River

During the last week of January, 2023, I spent four days back on the Skagit River with Ed Ward. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the production of Skagit Master 1. During this trip, hosted by OPST and Pure Skagit, I was able to interview Ed for my Podcast, Fin and […]

Segmented Legs On Steelhead Flies

Marking up that Ostrich By Jeff Mishler I’m always thinking about how to add realism to a presentation. What entices the fish to respond? If we knew that, I’d run out of things to write about. When I watch predators hunt one thing is clear, predictable behavior settles the predator into predicable pursuit. I can […]

New Episode of Fin and Fire with Jeff Mishler

This episode features my long time steelhead fishing friend, Tom Larimer. We go deep into the weeds of Skagit Line Design and the experiences we shared over the years. https://www.finandfire.com/blogs/fin-fires-podcast-with-jeff-mishler/featuring-tom-larimer-product-designer-steelheader-spey-casting-instructor-and-idea-guy

Science at the angler’s level

In 1994 I was fortunate to go to Kamchatka and take part in the first year of the Kamchatka Steelhead Project. I am often asked, “what did you learn about steelhead?” Here is the actual scientific report from that effort. It blew me away the first time I read it.

Fin and Fire Podcast

Fin and Fire with Jeff Mishler is a podcast you will love. https://www.finandfire.com/blogs/fin-fires-podcast-with-jeff-mishler I interview the most interesting people in the world of hunting, fishing and media while discovering the common ground we all share. It’s like sitting around a campfire with your friends, minus the winter chill. Land Tawney, April Vokey, Hank Shaw and […]

Site update and SM 5 is live

Big news! Skagitmaster.com gets a facelift and Skagit Master 5 is LIVE! After years of waiting, you can now purchase access to the last chapter of the Skagit Master Series. Skagit Master 5 features four anglers who have taken the concepts presented in the first four Skagit Master films and applied them to their home […]

The Last Chapter…

If you have been following the saga titled Tyler Corke, featured in Swing the Fly Magazine, you know that the two dirt bags chasing steelhead were bound to part ways. Well, here’s what happened to our protagonist in the years following that epic steelhead trip to BC. Please enjoy and pass along. I know that […]

Holiday Special

Bent-Essays and Images by Jeff Mishler $39.99 plus shipping. Regularly $59.99 Available to our friends through December 15, 2021. Deliver in time for holidays inside the US. But you can get a signed book until December 31. 72 pages of images and words from writer/photographer/filmmaker Jeff Mishler. This quality coffee table book deserves a place […]

Skagit Master Trailers

Since Adobe Flash has run it course and won’t work on my site, I am posting the 4 trailers for our movies here. Until I get the issue fixed, here is the only place on Skagitmaster.com that you can view them. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Skagitmaster 5 Update

It has been some time since my last post here on the Skagitmaster site. With a recent upgrade, the blog is a better way to communicate with the 2000 members of this page. To date, I have filmed on the Naknek, featuring my good friend Patricia Edel and her program pursuing HUGE rainbows using spey […]

Anchored With April Vokey

Nearly two years ago April interviewed me at my home for her podcast.  I’m very happy with how this turned out. After spending time on her site, I can see why she’s putting in the effort. Our oral history should not fall into a black hole.  Thanks for listening. http://www.aprilvokey.com/podcasts/   JM

SAGE X 990-4 REVIEW

SAGE X 990-4 A Cannon in the Hand by Jeff Mishler After winter steelhead season winds down, the months of May and June mean long hours spent casting shooting tapers into the wind hoping that, on at least one presentation, a spring chinook eats my fly. By the end of the day, a ten weight […]

Another 7120-4 X Rod Review

7120-4 X Rod Jeff Mishler Okay, I’ve changed my mind. The 7120-4 X rod is a dual purpose stick with the right line. I know that I stated that I would leave the heavy sink tip work to my 8 weights, but…… Quite by accident, I found myself on the coast with one spey rod […]

SAGE 7120-4 X Rod–Review

SAGE X Series—7120-4 Jeff Mishler February and March is prime time for winter steelhead here in Oregon. The rods I use are 8 weights for two very good reasons: 1) I’m usually chucking heavy sink tips and weighted flies so the 8 weight rocks that gear. 2) I’m often fighting a wild fish that I […]

The Decline of the Deschutes!

In an age when water quality is recognized as a limiting factor for successful/sustainable salmonid populations, it really is amazing how far this river has fallen.  The idea of creating pre-dam conditions and safe passage for sockeye to the historical spawning in the Metolius River was novel, but the implementation has left out serious aspect […]

SAGE 7130-4 MOD Review

SAGE 7130-4 MOD One spey rod. Choose just one….. That is a tall order. In fact, it might be easier to hypothetically design the perfect spey rod in your mind, then wiggle a bunch of commercially made sticks to find the one that conforms to your idea of perfect. Good luck with that. The absolute […]

Tyler Corke and His Funk

Pardon the misogyny.  It is, after all, a story about a couple of crittery steelheaders. And if you know one, you also know that the descriptive language they adopt after days of pounding the water can take on shades of…let’s just call it…questionable colors and tonality.   tyler-corke-chapter-6