Saturday, October 23, 2021


Dana Sturn

Dana Sturn is a steelhead devotee and the founder of Spey Pages. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and can be found each year (minus 2020 of course) swinging up chinook and steel on the Dean River, among other places. Follow him at @danawsturn


Articles by Dana Sturn:

The Right Hat

Posted on: 04 Oct 2021

I’ve spent over 25 years looking for The Right Hat. In the minor disaster my wife politely calls “your study” I probably have close to 100 hats tucked away. Some were gifts; others I’ve purchased. At one point some of them were The Right Hat, but then either the times [...]



Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout and Tying in the Round

Posted on: 26 Aug 2021

I’m sitting in my living room reading an archived Sports Illustrated story on my iphone (google “he’s got a very fishy look si”). Though written in 1979, it tells of a time when something resembling an iphone wasn’t even the stuff of Star Trek reruns . . . because the [...]



Monsters of River & Rock

Posted on: 26 Aug 2021

Monsters of River & Rock is the new book by Adrian Smith, who just happens to be a songwriter and guitarist for the hard-core band Iron Maiden. It turns out he’s also a pretty serious angler, and he’s been lugging his tackle around on world tours since the 1980s. So, [...]



The AK 47 Club

Posted on: 03 Jun 2021

(Jeroen Wohe) Overheard somewhere along the BC Coast, July. Guide: Any luck? Me: Another handshake. Guide: Steelhead? Me: I think so. Guide: (looking at fly): This is too big. You’ll need to go smaller for steelies. Me: Yeah, but I don't want to catch steelhead. I’m here for chinook. Guide [...]



Beer Can Lit

Posted on: 03 Jun 2021

Some things you discover on fishing trips have absolutely nothing to do with fishing, but become such an important part of the experience that you can’t have one without the other. We were on a small lake south of Kamloops, British Columbia, at the back end of the season. Popular [...]



Think I’ll Go Out To Alberta

Posted on: 23 May 2021

If ever there was a toilet of a trout season, 2020 was it. Instead of packing for my annual lake trips, I hunkered down in my living room packing on the pounds. The few times I did get out, the weather was so bad I ended up sitting in my [...]



Lundbreck Falls

Posted on: 22 May 2021

A friend lost a fly box on the Crowsnest River. It slipped out of an open vest pocket. We never knew where or when. All we knew was it was gone. I searched down one side while Richard splashed across and searched down the other until his progress was halted [...]



Fly Fishing British Columbia’s Southern Interior Lakes

Posted on: 09 Feb 2021

The Stillwater Ninja was on fire. Every time I looked up from my fishfinder’s empty screen he was into one. Kamloops rainbows, all chunky and silver-sided, were grabbing his flies on every cast, and burning up his backing like steelhead. Fifteen minutes watching a buddy catching is just fine. Even [...]



Lords of the Fly

Posted on: 08 Feb 2021

“Maybe there is a beast” - William Golding, Lord of the Flies   Back in 1985 William Golding did a reading at Simon Fraser University and answered questions about his work. He was touring in support of his To the Ends of the Earth trilogy, and seemed relieved when someone [...]



Skeena Spring

Posted on: 14 Dec 2020

Coffee Yeah, that’s what I need. Exactly what I need. There’s a Thermos half full of it—aromatic and hot and laced with Bailey’s—tucked into my daypack at the top of the run. I can feel a slight chill on my neck and shoulders and the tops of my arms. My [...]