Spring mangrove fly fishing in Mexico

Posted: May 21, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Here’s my dad a couple weeks ago fishing in the mangroves in Mexcio. He was using light fly gear and targeting over ten species of fish. Check out this little video we put together of his adventure! Retirement definitely does not suck for the Ol’ Sal Monid!

Coming soon: Photo show encore from Pops

Ling cod ceviche, anyone?

Posted: May 11, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Here is a special treat from my good friend and all around angler, Nic Eldridge. He trotted almost five miles with a rod and a bag of gear in search of ling cod for his wife’s ceviche request. Helluva guy eh!

By the way….if you want your ink from an artisan you can trust please visit Nic at Lombard Street Tattoo in Portland, Oregon.

I guess the title of this post says it all. We hooked over twenty fish yesterday and grabbed some great film. Including an entire sequence caught on video from the cast to the land and all the jumps in between. Huge props to Nick for the video on this one.

Thanks to everyone I fished with this winter/spring. Nick, Jason…you guys are rocks.

Anyway, enjoy the movie you guys. Next up….whaddaya know…more steelhead. See ya soon!

AAA Founder

Picking up steelhead

Posted: April 29, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Steelhead fishing a smaller, driftable river is my favorite way to fish. At age 43, anyway. I’ll be doing that again soon if we ever get a reprieve from falling skies. Here’s a fish me and Pops snuck out between the rains last weekend. Released unharmed of course. Cheers.

Spring Chinook

Posted: April 22, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Huge props to my Dad who was the only rod yesterday to go down. This spring Chinook weighed 20lbs and ate a prawn dipped in hot dog chunks. Just joking about the hot dog chunks. Seeing if you actually read these intros. Lol. Great work Dad!!

Please enjoy this new fly fishing movie comprised of trout angling clips this past fall. This movie features my dad, Dave Heller as well as professional fly fishing guide, Andrew Drasch. You can find him @troutonfly on Instagram.

Giant steelhead caught and released

Posted: April 17, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Those of you who have been around a while get to know the regular faces on the website. Those change over the years. Here’s a face you’ve been seeing a lot of the last 36 months or so. This movie I put together of his clips will show you why.

Nick Nelson lives in Portland, Oregon and is from Eugene, OR. He contributes regularly to AAA and has guided in Alaska.

If the water is ready, so am I!

Posted: April 8, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

So how does everyone feel about the amount of time they were able to put on the river this winter/early spring? Me too.

The rivers close to home are getting close to a go for me. I’ve tied up some plastics to help the cause. Some wacky style plastic worms.

What are your high water faves?

New Movie: Annual March steelhead trip

Posted: March 6, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

It’s true what our parents always told us. “Wait until you’re older. Time will start to go by faster.” We’ve all heard this, right? We’ve all heard it because it’s true. I am living proof. We all are. We can close our eyes…and in the snap of a finger return to almost any memory we chose.

In an instant.

Why is it that some experiences, no matter how much time passes, can rejuvenate us mentally and spiritually? For fishermen…all of it returns the second we grab the rod and reel handle or wrap our mitts around a rubber-torn oar handle.

It all comes right back. The spots you wanted are there and at the right level. There are no other boats. Your best friends are with you. Fuck. I’m overwhelmed with this year’s annual March float with Stricker. This year Nick Nelson came along and completed the new trio. And while we’ll fish again before next March….this trip will always seem like it happened just a second ago.