Steven Bird

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Author

Steven Bird is a retired guide and freelance writer living beside the Columbia River in NE Washington.

Steve is the trout spey editor for Swing The Fly Magazine, the author of Upper Columbia Flyfisher (Amato Books Press), and more recently, Trout Spey & The Art Of The Swing (Swing The Fly Press).

His work on angling subjects has appeared in California Fly Fisher, The Drake, Flyfishing & Tying Journal as well as numerous regional outdoor publications.

Steve's book Trout Spey & The Art Of The Swing is available on Swing The Fly Magazine website.

Listen to Steven Bird's Shows...

Fly Fishing the Upper Columbia River

Steven calls the Upper Columbia River his home waters where rainbow trout are known to reach 25 pounds. He’s been guiding there for many years and has found that many of the trout love to eat soft-hackle & hairwing wetflies, swung and dangled. Join us to learn about this incredible fishery and Steven’s unique approaches to fishing it.

Trout Spey and the Art of the Swing

Steven Bird started trout spey fishing long before the current trend started. Many fly fishers equate spey fishing with steelhead or salmon on large rivers but it can be applied on small rivers or streams for trout just as effectively. Join us to learn about the gear, flies and techniques used for trout spey fishing that you can use on your next outing.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What inspired you to write your book Trout Spey & The Art Of the Swing?
  • What got you started spey fishing?
  • What is trout spey?
  • What advantages does two-handed spey fishing for trout offer?
  • What is the ideal rod for trout spey?
  • What is the difference between a trout spey rod and a switch rod?
  • What type of lines are used with trout specy?
  • How do you select a tip?
  • How do you set up your leaders?
  • What are the different parts of a wetfly presentation?
  • What is the Leisenring Lift?
  • What determines what size, color and proportions of your flies?
  • Do you fish multi fly rigs?
  • What are you favorite wet fly patterns?


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