About

My name is Leonard Steves, and I hail from Victoria BC. The purpose of this blog is just to simply celebrate the mysterious anadromous cutthroat trout, the amazing places they live, and fly fishing for them especially with 2 handed/”spey” and “switch” rods. I have been fishing for these sea run fish since I was a child, and have been fly fishing for about 16 years. There is much negativity in discussions surrounding anadromous fish/fishing methods on the west coast and not suprisingly so with regards to the many many water use/watershed management problems, overharvest, entitlement, apathy, and all the other parts of the gauntlet that all such fish must run, and I will discuss these issues, but I don’t see much getting accomplished through the bitter/divisive/shit talking commentary that I see so much of out there. More than anything this is just an honest attempt to explain why these fish are so important to me and why they are worth celebrating and protecting. My email is cutthroatsgalore@hotmail.com and I welcome questions, or comments dissenting or otherwise.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Great site, glad I found it. Moving back to Puget Sound from Missoula, MT (trout factory.) excited to start FF the salt for Cutty’s. Big beautiful fish north of the border it appears. Got any pointers for beginnings? Thanks and best wishes! 😉

    • Thanks, good choice on the move back to the coast, as far as pointers go, being as you’ve already read some of my blog, and you are probably living near the best sea run cutthroat fishing there is in the world, I would say the best thing to do is to hit the road and start exploring beaches, and look for Puget sound pointers on Washington fly fishing forum where there are many who are old hand at this cutthroating thing. Either way good luck.

  2. Hi – so glad I found your site! I totally understand your passion for anadromous trout – imagine my delight when after three days’ worth of persistent endeavour I caught a wild sea trout in London’s river Thames last year… See ‘Enter the Sea Trout’ on my blog http://itieflies.com. Since then I have spent a lot of time searching for more… The nature of the river and my limited scope to explore it (day job!) means that I have not cracked the code to their whereabouts yet. Looking forward to reading your posts – best regards – metiefly

  3. Hi Leonard. Another hopeless searun addict here over on the Sunshine Coast….. Just wanted to say thanks for putting a voice to the collective rage and frustration of fly fishers in this part of the province over the absurd decisions made by our honorables in Ottawa and the senseless acts commited on our beaches here at home….while still being able to find the humour and beauty in what we do. Cheers.

  4. I caught my first sea run cutthroat in Stone Lagoon in Humboldt County California. Ranks above my first king and steelhead on a fly which were both hatchery cattle. But that cuttie! Perfectly wild and adapted to its environment.

    Enjoy your blog! Top notch!

  5. Hey Leonard, It’s been a long time and I’m glad to see you’re still at it. I was wandering around the internet today and decided to see what yo have been up to and I came upon your latest writing called “Back From The Dead” dated June 17, 2016. I have to tell you it stopped me “dead in my tracks” as this sadly was the day that my dear brother, Russell Delia passed on to the Big River in the Sky. Russell was without a doubt one of the best fly tiers and fly fishermen I have ever had the pleasure to watch tie and to fish with. Many moons ago my brother and I worked together at creating 2 of our all-time favorite sea-run and salmon patterns, the Delia’s Ghost and Delia’s Cone-Head Squid. Other than a little lead or heavy wire for added weight Russell did not like bead or coneheads and most, if not all of his patterns were tied with natural materials, I added the use of artificial materials over the years but he always stayed true to Natural materials and almost always out-fished me.
    His flies were what I liked to call a “suggestive” style of whatever insect,creature, or baitfish he was trying to imitate. One of my favorite patterns that he tied was a caddis pupa that so accurately “suggested” a real pupa that the Redside Trout on the Deschutes River in Oregon could not refuse when Russell fished them, and to this day I still can’t tie that pattern the way he did and rarely could I fool trout on the Deschutes the way he did.
    I believe in fate and obviously fate has brought us back together this day, and hopefully one day in the not to distant future fate or the ferry to Vancouver will get us together chasing Sea-Runs…I think my brother would like that.
    Jeffrey

    • That was a nice story, sorry for the slow response but I am in the process of moving back to Vancouver island, specifically the comox valley, where there are some pretty good sea run fisheries, and have been very busy not fishing, hence the lack of posts. That would be fantastic
      , the fall approaches…
      Cheers
      Len

  6. Greetings,
    Len, When do the Salmon begin to move into both the entrance and the rivers in the south Surrey area Rivers. Like the Little Campbell, Serpentine and the Nickomikel systems. Watch Jordan catch a nice Spring before the Fraser closed on the evening of last Thursday.
    Cheers, and have fun on the Island.
    Thanking you in advance for your kind consideration and help with my question.

    Regards,
    Andy

  7. Great blog site. New to the comox valley and looking forward to exploring the fishery. Grew up in the lower mainland and have watched our fisheries take a turn for the worse over the past 30+ years. There are some groups doing some good work but it remains an uphill battle.

  8. Hi Len,

    I REALLY enjoy your blog… I’m in Victoria and I was saddened when I saw your post saying you were moving away from the island… but thrilled that you’re back, and keeping the blog alive.

    Please shoot me an email, as I have a few questions I would like to ask in a less public forum.

    Thanks!

    Geoff

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