dennis p lee

fishery scientist, fly tier, author




about Dennis

Dennis P Lee has over 48 years of experience helping to manage California’s diverse fisheries and habitats. In addition, he has a personal involvement in fly fishing as well as fly tying throughout his career. Most importantly as a fisheries scientist, coupled with being an avid steelhead angler, also a fly tier and subsequently an author, he provides unique perspective into the fly fishing world.

custom fly offer:

WITH YOUR ORDER! You will receive 3 FREE Custom tied Winter Steelhead Flies along with the purchase of: California Winter Steelhead, Life History and Fly Fishing.  This book was printed in the USA and is available to ship immediately. Free Shipping offered in the continental US only. If outside the US, please contact Dennis for shipping charges. This makes a great Gift for family and friends!

You can order your copy by clicking this link: Custom Fly Offer!

Order soon as his previous book, The Half-Pounder, A Steelhead Trout,  has  SOLD OUT!

new fly box collections

tied by Dennis P Lee

New for 2022: A Trinity River Nymph Box available to purchase for steelhead nymphing on your favorite river & an Olympic Peninsula Winter Steelhead Fly Box of classic feather wing patterns! In addition to the variety of collections available, Assorted Fly Boxes and River Fly Boxes for specific rivers and different fishing situations are available! Similar boxes of custom steelhead flies can be purchased. Furthermore, Dennis, with attention to detail, uses the highest quality materials and hooks. Not to mention and equally important, they ship in a metal tin with see-through lid!

podcasts & articles

Check out the latest podcast Dennis had with Mark Hopley from The Fly Fishing 97 on “Steelhead and more..” and the previous podcast with Dave Stewart of Wet Fly Swing covering steelhead fishing.

He also has posted numerous articles on a variety of fly fishing topics for you to read for your enjoyment.

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California Winter Steelhead Book

Another hardback book with over 300 pages of information is now available. Specifically, steelhead names, taxonomy, evolution, historical and current California distribution are included. Together with chapters on winter steelhead fly fishing equipment, presentation and methods your skills should be enhanced. Additionally, winter steelhead fly history and styles, along with conservation and management are discussed. What's more, over 100 color pictures of winter steelhead flies are included.​

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The Half-Pounder Book

A Limited Edition book, only 500 copies released, is devoted to half-pounder life history and fly fishing. Also included is information about evolution and distribution. Together with information from published and unpublished fisheries studies significantly adds to the book. Furthermore, numerous graphs depict run timing, speed of migration and distribution. Additionally fly fishing methods and techniques are discussed in detail. Not to mention as well as color plates of over 150 half-pounder flies.

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River Fly Boxes

Uniquely tied custom fly box assortments include one dozen of the most popular and successful flies for specific west coast steelhead rivers. Specifically, these flies have been used by steelhead anglers for many decades. By the same token these boxes take the guesswork out of selecting flies for your next steelhead fishing trip. Not to mention all flies are tied with the highest quality materials and best hooks available. Furthermore, each collection come packaged in a handy cork-lined metal tin box with a plastic see-through lid.

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Assorted Fly Boxes

Beautifully tied custom flies in assorted collections are selected for specific fishing situations. Moreover, each collection includes a selection of the most popular and successful patterns. (Intruder Assortment includes 10 flies, Soft-Hackled include 16 flies). Likewise all flies are tied with the highest quality materials and best hooks available. Similarly, each collection comes packaged in a handy cork-lined metal tin box with a plastic see-through lid.(However, the Intruder Assortment comes in a clear plastic box).