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October 23rd, 2006

A Passion for Steelhead
By Dec Hogan


Reviewed by Ron Eagle Elk

Okay, it's December or January and there is a light snow falling. You're sitting on a waterworn cedar log, a small warming fire blazing on the gravel bar to chase the chill from fingers and ears, the rush of an ice cold river along the gravel makes background music. Sitting across the fire from you is a your fishing guide, who happens to be world class steelheader, Dec Hogan, and he's giving up all he knows to help you catch the elusive steelhead. Sound like the trip of a life time? A trip to spend the kid's inheritance on? Well, boys and girls, I just had that trip and it only cost me $59.95. Okay, so maybe we weren't sitting on a gravel bar, but it felt like it. I spent a few days reading A Passion For Steelhead, by Dec Hogan. Passion would be a good word to describe the way Hogan writes about steelheading and the fish he knows so well.

book cover

The book is 8 1/2" x 11", 319 pages are crammed with good information on steelhead, steelhead flies, reading steelhead water, casting to steelhead, and how steelhead attack your fly. Not only is it filled with technical information about steelheading, it is a good read! There is no dry drivel thought up by a scientist, this is the passionate talk of a fishing guide truly enamored with his prey and their pursuit. The many eye-catching color photos and black and white sketches only add to the clearly written word.

If you're a steelheader already, only dreamed about casting to those chrome torpedoes, or are gearing up to tackle the waters for the first time, this is the book for you (and me). Primarily written for the two handed caster, the information in this book relates to all steelheaders on the fly.

Though it would make a great coffee table book, my copy is going to be hidden away from view. One of my fishing buddies may see it and want to borrow it, and I may not get it back. Ron Eagle Elk ~ REE

A Passion for Steelhead
By Dec Hogan
Hardcover; 319 pages
Size: 11 x 8 1/2.
Hardcover ISBN: 09746427-1-1 $59.95
Published by: Wild River Press
2315 210th Street SE
Bothell, WA 98021

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