So how many casts until you touched your frist steelhead???

#46
1 season before I hooked my first steelhead and caught that same fish...last year I caught fish on 3 different streams...this year i did well early but family and hunting season have slowed my progress to get back in the hunt!!!
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#47
Im still looking foreward to "firsts" on several rivers...#1 priority, a Sauk steelface. For al the time Ive spent on it, my steelface skunking is getting out of hand.
Still have yet to land a steelhead over 20 lbs, that will be an excellent first if it ever happens.
 
#48
Still have yet to land a steelhead over 20 lbs, that will be an excellent first if it ever happens.
I got an 18 & 19 lbr in the same day 45 mins apart. Can't speak for others on this thread, but after the first 5 minutes or so on the 19 lbr....it wasn't fun anymore. Tore up my forearm and shoulder. Couldn't fish for 2 weeks after that. I think I cried a little bit, then my friend called me a titty baby. Some friend he is, jerk. :clown:
 

Itchy Dog

Some call me Kirk Werner
#53
999 casts with my single hander and then on the 1000th cast, which happened to be my first cast with a two hander, I hooked and landed a native Sauk fish. It was just dumb luck, though, because Brian Paige told me exactly what rock to stand on and where to swing the fly. Then he tailed the fish, took photos of it and helped me to shore where I sat trembling as I wet myself.
 
#54
On my sixth cast the first day out I caught an eight pounder. The sun hadn't even crested the hills when I slid it onto the bank. I then followed that with a three-month total skunk while hitting the water four to five times a week trying in vain to repeat my glorious first morning. By the time I hooked my second fish, I had given up on ever catching another one and had gotten so lazy then I had coiled my running line in and out of my fingers. So, when my second steelhead immediately ran back toward the ocean after feeling the hook, I tried unsuccessfully to follow it downstream into the belly of the run I was fishing while frantically working at the tangled mess in my line hand. None of my fishing partners knew I had stuck a fish and they all assumed I had momentarily rushed toward an untimely, self-inflicted watery grave because I hadn't caught anything in so long. I hooked my third steelhead about three weeks later and landed it. After that, I generally hooked at least one or two fish each day for the next few seasons. But that was back in the 1980s when the northern California returns were still respectable and I didn't have family and work obligations keeping me off the river when it is in prime condition. Now I fish about once a week and am lucky to catch three adult fish all winter. I figure I cast a zillion times per fish. Don't ask me how much I spend for each one--I might rush headlong back toward that watery grave next time I get out on the river.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#55
So, when you lived here in Washington State all you fished for was steelhead?
No, I know what streams have other trout in them. If you get above impassable barriers You can always find natives to play with. With all my driving around western Washington in the many years I have lived there you find these places.

On a 4wt they are a blast.
 
#56
Steelhead fishing... well last year was great. Caught a nice 8lber my first time out and after that only had one skunking all season, but i know that was unbelievably fortunate. This year has been different, got out alot early on in the season and did not get into one chrome, now its basketball season and fishing time is far far between! I can still remember that first cast and what the pull felt like on the swing! Steelhead are a jewel no matter if you catch them, see them or are just out in God's glory fishing for them! Cant beat a day on the river with your stick!
 

FT

Active Member
#57
I honestly don't know, and really don't care how many days, months, or casts it took. The bottom line for me is I love being on the river and taking in everything around me along with casting and paying attention to the swing that hooking steelhead is not my top priority. I've had many excellent days steelhead fishing without any take or pull, but they were excellent days nonetheless. And I've had days with multiple fish hooked and landed that were also excellent days fishing for steelhead.

But like I said earlier, I honestly don't care whether I hook a steelhead in one day, two days, or if it takes a couple of months to hook one, being out on the river is its own reward. I also am of the opinion that if someone is concerned about how many steelhead he hooks or how long it takes to hook one, he is missing out on a lot and may wish to stick with trout, bass, pike, bonefish, etc. because they are feeding, unlike steelhead who are not actively feeding and in fact, have an atrophied stomach.
 
#58
I honestly don't know, and really don't care how many days, months, or casts it took. The bottom line for me is I love being on the river and taking in everything around me along with casting and paying attention to the swing that hooking steelhead is not my top priority. I've had many excellent days steelhead fishing without any take or pull, but they were excellent days nonetheless. And I've had days with multiple fish hooked and landed that were also excellent days fishing for steelhead.

But like I said earlier, I honestly don't care whether I hook a steelhead in one day, two days, or if it takes a couple of months to hook one, being out on the river is its own reward. I also am of the opinion that if someone is concerned about how many steelhead he hooks or how long it takes to hook one, he is missing out on a lot and may wish to stick with trout, bass, pike, bonefish, etc. because they are feeding, unlike steelhead who are not actively feeding and in fact, have an atrophied stomach.
Good for you FT. :thumb: I often stop at times, look around me and thank the good Lord above for the ability, opportunity, and blessing of a good wife that understands how important it is for me to get out and fish as much as I do.

That being said, I can't go 3 hours without a fish before I start labeling the day unsuccessful. If I only catch 2 fish, I rank my day as just "ok". Just my competitive nature I guess.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#60
That being said, I can't go 3 hours without a fish before I start labeling the day unsuccessful. If I only catch 2 fish, I rank my day as just "ok". Just my competitive nature I guess.
Hey, i8abug, just wondering if your competitive nature is pitting you against the trout. You know your brain is large, highly evolved and developed and a steelhead trout's brain is small, not very evolved or developed. How's that competition going for you?