Videos by Gilbert Rowley

Why Fly Fish Montana?

For years my journey's North have stopped in Idaho. With so much good water available in the potato state, I never made it a priority to continue onward to Montana. This spring my opinion changed, and in only a couple days we found MANY reasons to fly fish Montana!

Foam Body Caddis

Mother's day is just around the corner, and sure enough the rivers here in Utah are swarming with caddis. One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now until late fall. The foam body caddis is hands down my favorite caddis dry fly, followed closely by the classic Elk Hair Caddis. Give this pattern a shot in a variety of colors, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Green Rock Worm

Top 5 Easiest Fly Patterns to Tie! This is a go-to caddis larva fly pattern that belongs in your box. It's a typical "Guide Fly", quick to tie, durable, and catches fish!

Mako Shark on the Fly

San Diego's Saltwater Fly Fishing Experience. Imagine hooking up with one of the fastest most aggressive fish in the Ocean on a fly rod. That's fly fishing for Mako Sharks. Off the coast of San Diego California exists on of the world's best Mako fisheries. I HIGHLY recommend that the next time you visit look up Captain Mark Martin at San Diego Salt Water Fly Fishing.

Underwater Takes - High Mountain Lakes

Have you ever wondered what it looks like underwater when a fish eats your fly? Some follow for a while curious but unwilling, while others attack the fly the moment it hits the water! Filming this video was insightful to say the least, and although fly fishing high mountain lakes may not always produce large fish, the excitement is second to none.

Black Jack Steel

Steelhead flies are a blast to tie. They are big, colorful, and look really fun in a fly box. Each spring I reserve a considerable amount of time at the vise for these colorful creations. Among my favorites is the Black Jack Steel. About five years ago I created a trout fly that I named the Black Jack. It is a Prince Nymph variant with a thread body that is coated with Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails as the center piece of this pattern. It has found great success for trout throughout the Western United States. While dabbling at the vise with that fly in mind I came up with a steelhead variation that incorporates a hot pink (or chartreuse) bead, and a Semi-Seal dubbing collar. I have now fished this nymph for steelhead for the past four seasons, and done very well. Give it a try!
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Small Stream Big Results - Euro Nymphing Approach

Wyoming has excellent fishing. Euro nymphing is a great way to catch fish. Put them together and great things can happen.

My friend Kohler and I spent a fun summer day catching some awesome trout euro nymphing and trying not to get bitten by rattlesnakes. Luckily none of the snakes attached themselves to us, and many beautiful trout were caught.

Steelhead Stonefly

Adding vibrant color to steelhead nymphs is critical. Here is a Rubber Leg Stonefly variation tied with a hot pink head. The Rubber Leg Stonefly was made famous long ago for trout fishing, but with the color scheme shown in this video it quickly becomes an appealing snack for steelhead. It is a quick and easy pattern that won't let you down.

Chris Cutler from showed me this particular Stonefly a couple years ago. Check out his blog for exciting fishing stories and great photography.

The intro of large steelhead all caught nymphing is a fun twist that I decided to add. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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Rowley Stone

Trout feed on stonefly nymphs year round. This has been the best producing stonefly pattern I've fished. The hotspot collar along with the combination of durable materials formed in the outline of a stonefly are a proven success.

This fly was in the R&D stages for over four years before I was finally content with the final product. I've been fishing it successfully in both the dark variation, and the golden stone. I typically fish it in a size 6. For deep swift currents I fish this fly with a heavy tungsten bead. If I find myself on a small stream where stoneflies are found to be the food source of choice I fish it with a brass bead. My box is never void of both the tungsten version, and the brass.

Scudmarine Steelhead Nymph Pattern

Learn to tie a very effective steelhead nymph pattern. It may not be well known that pink scuds catch steelhead like crazy, but it's true. I've developed this pattern over the past four years and I'm very confident in it when fly fishing for steelhead. It is easily one of my top three steelhead nymphs. It is easy to tie, looks good in your box, and catches fish.

Devin Olsen from Fly Fishing Team USA turned me on to fishing pink scuds for steelhead. He is one of the world's best fly fisherman and you can check out his blog for more great tips.

The intro of large steelhead all caught nymphing is a fun twist that I decided to add to my last few videos. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Thanks for watching!

Other great steelhead videos:

Steelhead Dreams Part 1 - by Todd Moen

"A documentary style project about a mother, father and daughter growing up in the back country of British Columbia. 34 years later the mother/daughter team are still working harder than ever operating a world class Steelhead Lodge in Norhtern B.C. Here is part 1 from Catch Magazine's November issue. Camera work and editing by Todd Moen."

How to Nymph for Steelhead

Fly Fishing Steelhead for Beginners - Part 3 - Nymph Fishing for Steelhead

This is Part 3 in our series, "Nymph Fishing for Steelhead". We use this technique on all sorts of rivers including the Methow, Wenatchee, Klickitat, Deschutes, John Day, Grande Ronde, and many more. It is very effective and similar to the fly fishing tactics used for trout. In this video, a Switch Rod and a Wulff Ambush Line was used.

For Great Lakes Steelhead

Steelhead Flies -- Best Flies for Great Lakes Steelhead Fly Fishing

"Good steelhead flies for the Great Lakes tributaries in Ontario, New York, Michigan, Ohio. Egg fly patterns, nymph fly patterns, wooly bugger fly patterns, egg sucking leech fly patterns are your top choices for great lakes steelhead and brown trout."

Alaska Fly Fishing- Silver Means Gold

Fly fishing for silver salmon in Alaska. Large flies, large rods, and large fish to show for it! We also caught many chums, dolly varden, and grayling. Rainbows were few this year, but those we caught were beautiful. Alaska has so much to offer fly fishermen.