Spey Fishing Tips

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Spey Fishing Week #4

Rachel Andras finishes the last two week of September’s United Women on the Fly Tuesday Tip theme of Spey Fishing.  This week Rachel talks about being persistent and seeking growth. Follow Rachel at @flyfishing4health.

My biggest tip I can give you is to BE PERSISTENT and to continue to SEEK GROWTH.

When asked to share a few helpful tip for catching Steelhead I wanted to make sure I just didn’t repeat all the goodness my predecessors shared already.   But then I figured giving you BEST WAYS for success could mean that…so just know we all have found things that work one day and don’t the next. So my biggest tip I can give you is to BE PERSISTENT and to continue to SEEK GROWTH.


Spey fishing for Steelhead forces us to focus more on the WATER rather than the food source.    Though I like to ‘think like a fish’ when I’m fishing I also ‘think about how my fly is swimming’.  I think a lot during fishing and have created a bullet list for my own brain so I utilize my time on the water well.

Rachel Andras Spey Fishing Tips - Carrie Roche landing a beautiful Rogue steelhead
Carrie Roche landing a beautiful Rogue Steelhead - PC Rachel Andras

Walking Speed

A Spey rod is a great tool for tackling those wide runs, riffles, and tailouts very effectively from the bank.  WALKING SPEED, 2-6 feet deep, and tail outs are common marks of where steelhead could rest and lie during the day.  As you know they are on the move typically in the mornings and evenings.

Get intimate

GET INTIMATE with the water. (Hey Hey Hey)  Meaning rather than running all over the place looking for fish, stick with a known run for holding fish.  Get to know it, dissect it, explore it, cover it with your fly, consider the changes over the winter, speed of current, time of day, etc.   Fish that same run over and over.

Rachel Andras Spey Fishing Tips - Kalona Smiles Shot
Rachel happy to be on the water with her friend Kalona. Photo by Kalona Kierstede

Meet the Author -Rachel Andras

Rachel Andras is more than an expert in every aspect of flyfishing; she is a dedicated, meticulous fishing professional who loves people as much as she loves fish.  She loves helping others win – on and off the water.  Rachel has created Andras Outfitters with her husband Jim and Andras Wellness to help others focus on what matters most (ie. fishing).  She is also a Certified Health & Wellness Coach running a Nationwide coaching practice that blends so well with the seasons of fishing.

She has done everything from guiding to selling international travel and is widely regarded as one of the, most well informed, cheerful, and highly skilled female anglers in the nation.

For the last two decades, Rachel’s love of fly fishing has taken her to fish all over the world. The Bahamas, Venezuela, British Columbia, Mexico, Tahiti, Russia, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Christmas Island and Alaska have given her the experiences and tools to understand what we desire as anglers.  She is a FFF Certified Casting instructor and taught with Mel Krieger for many years.

Currently, Rachel guides and teaches fly fishing on her home waters, The Rogue River and runs flyfishing summer camps for kids.  With over 20 years in the fly fishing travel business, Rachel continues to help anglers book their fishing adventures all over the world through her (and her husband’s) company, Andras Outfitters!  @andrasoutfitters

She started Redding’s Shasta Mayflies women’s club, served as president of the International Women Fly Fishers, and is a River Steward alongside her husband for the Native Fish Society.

Rachel’s coaching practice, Andras Wellness has been helping others create lasting healthy habits including more energy, better sleep, weight loss, reducing inflammation and medications, and empowering them to become a dominant force in their lives.  “Helping others across the country have the freedom to create the lives they desire has been so rewarding.  Helping others fish more because of the Joy it brings is a winning combo.”     Through utilizing education, science, accountability, community, and mindfulness is how we lead others towards their personal goals.

Follow her on social media @flyfishing4health or Facebook Rachel Connery Andras.  She is always sharing healthy tips, recipes, inspiration, and fishing photos of her family and friends on the water.

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