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Oct 29 2009

Kenneth Gummow

Kenneth Gummow

I was born into a family that loved fishing. As early as I can remember there was always a rod in my hand. After school my buddies were playing Atari (yea dude, Atari) not me, I was headed for a local pond to catch bluegill and I thought this is what heaven must be like. My grandfathers, father and uncles all loved to fish. It seems that almost every weekend one of them was taking me fishing. My grandfather took me fishing on Lake Erie’s western basin for perch and walleye, my dad and his brothers would take me fishing in Ohio and Michigan on inland lakes for bass, pike, musky, and bluegill. These are some of my fondest memories as a kid. There is old sepia colored picture of my grandmother with a wicker creel over her shoulder and a bamboo fly rod in hand. I am told that she loved to fly fish for brown trout in Michigan. I guess you could say fishing is in my blood. To this day all I want to do is fish. Hell it’s almost ruined me a time or two, gave up a damn good job to try guiding in Montana (truly what heaven is like), pissed off the better half once (I think it was only once). I invited her to go steelhead fishing in January, how was I to know it was her birthday.

It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that my dad introduced me to fly fishing. For my birthday he took me to Baldwin Michigan to fish the blue ribbon waters of the Pere Marquette River. My first fish on the fly was a 22” brown trout; I am now a bugslingin junky. Dad and I have been returning to Michigan ever since to fly fish for steelhead, salmon and trout.

In the late 90’s while fishing for smallmouth bass on the Vermilion River in Ohio, I caught a stray steelhead. Talk about a mid river fishgasm, it was a fall fish and it kicked my ass. A 9’ 5wt stick with a 4X tippet made it even more insane. I didn’t land the fish but it definitely got my attention. With Ohio’s intense steelhead stocking program most of the rivers from Erie's central basin into Pennsylvania now harbor steelhead 6 months out of the year, making for a great fishing opportunity. Fly fishing for steelhead is my passion, especially during late fall and into the winter freeze up. This is typically when our rivers fish the best, the steelhead are ready to play and most people have turned their attention to hunting season or don’t have what it takes to stand in a 34 degree river with air temps to match. A Sage advertisement I saw once sums it up; “solitude without loneliness”.

I began tying flies over 10 years ago with the intent to save money and make a better fly than what was available commercially; little did I know it would become another mistress. For me fly tying makes for a more holistic fly fishing experience, not to mention you can tie up some pretty sweet flies with a glass of Black Velvet and some music playing in the background. I have tied with some of the greatest, Chris Helm (Whitetail Fly Tieing), Chris Watson, Oliver Edwards, Wayne Samson, Glenn Weisner (Glenn River Fly Co. Ltd.) Jeff “bear” Andrews and Dennis Potter to name a few. Their concepts, techniques and particular skills have made their way to my vise and can be seen in my own fly designs.

I was born and raised in northwest Ohio which is were I reside today with my wonderful wife, awesome son and five crazy birddogs. I have a small guide service “KoldSteel Adventures” and recently started a new blog at Koldsteel's Blog. From time to time I provide technical advice for a great friend and his business “Steelhead shop”. Although I have fished all my life I have only been fly fishing for 15 years.

Fly fishing has taken me to some beautiful places from Montana to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Fly tying has introduced me to some of the most fascinating people I have ever met. Whenever possible I can be found on a river in “steelhead alley” chasing silver, performing R & D on my fly patterns and seeking a better understanding of Onchoryncus mykiss.



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KBG's SteelEZ-X

SteelHead Hex Pattern

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KBG's Ice Alvin

This fly was inspired by Jeff "bear" Andrews.  I had the pleasure of tying with Mr. Andrews and one of the patterns we tied&n ...

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KBG's Hellstone

Combination of a black stonefly nymph and a hellgramite.

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Ruby Throated Leech

This is an Umpqua pattern that works well for many different species of fish.  I primarily use it for Salmon/Steelhead either dead ...

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