Saturday, October 23, 2021


Chris Santella

Chris Santella is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die, and carries frequent bylines in the Washington Post and The New York Times. When not writing, Santella creates and plays music, or chases steelhead from his home base in Portland, Oregon.


Articles by Chris Santella:

My Travel Insurance Adventure

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

I’ve been lucky enough to float Alaska’s fabled Kanektok River on four occasions. It’s a DIY trip in a true wilderness setting, and as such, is fraught with certain perils, including but not limited to: landing in float plane on a remote lake; half-ton brown bears rummaging through your camp; [...]



Steelhead (Pacific)

Posted on: 26 Aug 2021

Species Profile Steelhead (Pacific) By Chris Santella Quick Facts SPECIES NAME Oncorhynchus Mykiss (Chomer, Steel, Metalhead . . . Unicorn) SIZE Summer run fish: 5 to 20 pounds (depending on drainage) Winter-run fish: 8 to 25 pounds (depending on drainage) World Record: 42 pounds, Southeast Alaska (in salt on conventional [...]



Getting “Tanky” on British Columbia’s Bulkley

Posted on: 26 Aug 2021

Chris Santella and his river-mates started high and ended low to find Skeena tributary steelhead. When planning for any steelhead trip it makes sense to bring dry lines and skaters, with a solid backup of Skagit-style heads and sink-tips. You never know when you might have to get down to [...]




Posted on: 28 May 2021

Species Profile TARPON Chris Santella May 28, 2021 Quick Facts SPECIES NAME Megalops Atlanticus (Silver King, Poon) SIZE Average: 40-80 pounds Trophy: 100 pounds or more FAVORITE DESTINATIONS Florida (Keys; Homosassa; Everglades); Cuba; Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula); Belize DIFFICULTY RATING Baby tarpon: 3/10 Adults (over 60 pounds): 8/10 KNOWN FOR Incredible [...]



First Fly Fishing Trip: Louisiana Redfish

Posted on: 14 Dec 2020

For most new fly anglers, the “gateway fish” is some form of trout. No surprise there: trout are by far the most popular fly rod target, and much of the iconography and allure of the sport centers around rainbows, browns and brookies. The feel of a trout pulsing at the [...]