Steelhead Angling

Northern California, Oregon, Washington & British Columbia

Dax Messett has become one of the more sought after spey casting instructors and steelhead guides in the West. His scope of venues covers the absolute best speywater rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Whenever it is prime time, Dax is there.

Southern Oregon Coast: January to mid-February
Chasing chrome bright winter steelhead during primetime on the Southern Coast. The famed Lower Rogue and Chetco are the featured rivers, along with some smaller rivers that Dax has intimate knowledge of.
Olympic Peninsula: Mid-February through April
The biggest winter steelhead in the world run through the sacred waters of the O.P. Dax fishes the famed Hoh, Bogey, and Sol Duc. If you are a true steelheader, this venue should be at the top of your list for winter steelhead angling. It's truly a magic place.
Lower Klamath Spey Camp: Mid-July to mid-August
Dax teams up with fellow Confluence Outfitters guides Gino Bernero and Leslie Ajari for one of the most fun and unique steelhead camps offered in the industry. The Klamath is one of California’s finest steelhead fisheries. We target dime bright steelhead and occasionally run into bright chinook on this trip. Great weather, excellent food, elite spey casting instruction, and dime bright fish make this a must.
British Columbia: September
Every year Dax hosts a trip to the Skeena River system, which is the steelhead mecca for every die hard steelheader. Dax spends over a month every year in this region, for good reason. Truly Epic steelhead fishing.
The Grande Ronde: October
Dax teams up with spey legends Scott Odonnel and Mike McCune to work prime time on the best dry fly steelhead river in the Pacific Northwest. For years, Speywater Lodge has set the industry standard for spey casting and steelhead angling instruction. The Ronde experience is a multi day float through one of the most beautiful canyons in the world of flyfishing.
Trinity River: November/December
Dax has been guiding the Trinity for over 10 years. There is an abundance of excellent swing water available within a short drive of the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento. The Trinity is an excellent place for a budding spey angler to be initiated into the beautiful world of steelhead angling with a spey rod, and more experienced anglers can push themselves into more of the elite casting skill set here while targeting a healthy number of fish.
For more information on my guide destinations please visit Confluence Outfitters.
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