Right here is a few very cool footage from the 1920s(?) of anglers steelheading on Vancouver Island. Brigadier Normal Noel Cash fishes the Stamp River with conventional Spey gear, and it seems to be like he’s cash with a fly rod in his arms. It’s powerful to observe them gaff such beautiful wild fish—one thing that might appall and anger us as we speak—however this was lengthy earlier than the catch-and-release ethic took maintain. You gotta love the angling apparel, although.
It’s uncommon that we get such a peek into the historical past of our sport, which makes this all of the extra fascinating. The excellent news is that the Stamp nonetheless affords good steelheading to day, as evidenced by the video beneath, however one suspects that issues have been downright spectacular when “Searching for Steelhead” was made by the Canadian authorities to advertise the realm.