Oregon Steelhead

Asher Koles and Brandon Tillotson are exploring the migratory path of our beloved steelhead–and the obsession of those who chase them.

Asher and Brandon of Bloodknots Fly Fishing grabbed their spey rods and film gear, met up with their buddy Brian Roller of Twig Media Lab and headed to a few of the pinnacle steelhead rivers in Oregon. They met up with notable steelhead guides and Simms Ambassadors, Mia (profiled here) and Marty Sheppard, Bryan Silvey and Tom Larimer.

Bloodknots is in the process of crafting a documentary on the connections the steelhead angling community, scientists and conservationists have to these fish. What drives both these species (human, salmonid) to go to such lengths to achieve their goals?Investigating what the primary threats are to the fish, what is making their journey harder than ever, and what are the passionate anglers, conservationists and scientists doing to restore sustainable conditions and populations.

For more information, check out the “Current Project” page on Stay up to date via photos and short videos on or their written, behind the scenes blog, “Blood and Guts”.

For now, here are a few initial photos from their first round of filming on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers last month. Look out for the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign with great rewards from Simms Fishing Products, R.L. Winston, Goal Zero, Scientific Anglers, Airflo, Coalatree Organics, and unique steelhead fishing inspired art pieces, signed literature and Bloodknots apparel.

Photo’s courtesy of Bloodknots Fly Fishing and Brian Roller of Twig Media Lab.

  • Bob Triggs

    This one’s going to be really good.