9lb G.L steel

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  1. GeorgeMcfly

    GeorgeMcfly Great Lakes Steelhead Slayer

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    thanks for the welcome! I never eat any. just catch and release all the way. also fish for smallmouth bass in the same river but C&R them also. I will eat lake erie perch tho. heres a few more monsters and a few pics of spots we fish. the water don't seem dirty to me???? prolly not as clean as out west but good enough for us guys. its all we have. too me its very beautiful. I can't even begin to imagine the rivers out west! cherish your rivers for all they are worth! I do the same to mine!
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  2. ChrisC

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    Look, if the "quality" of Great Lakes fishing is a small but significant factor in keeping additional hordes of people moving here and further crowding our beloved waters, let them call these fish whatever they want.;)
     
  3. GeorgeMcfly

    GeorgeMcfly Great Lakes Steelhead Slayer

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    if I could afford it I'd be there! trust me! but until then I have 2 rivers off the erie within 15 mins from me that hold these huge fish. :thumb: I guess we are pretty lucky in a way as we don't have to travel 1,000's of miles to get into these fish. they are in are backyard. couldn't ask for much more in life! ;)
     
  4. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Road Trip! Party at McFly's place. When is the run at its best and do you or the misses make a mean breakfast?
     
  5. GeorgeMcfly

    GeorgeMcfly Great Lakes Steelhead Slayer

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    haha! I am not one to be tied down with a mrs. women come and go but fishing is always there! I am a fish pimp. my moms can make eggs and bacon if need be tho. lol! haha. spring can be a fun time out here! fall can be great time too if you go a lil farther east and fish about a hour or 2 away from us. I think the east guys have it easy tho! heard of them having 200 fish in a single hole! I have seem maybe 15 at most in my home river. we have a problem with silt in the river so thats why we have stockers. that and the hot summer weather isn't too great for steelhead reproduction.
     
  6. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    Sweet fish man! :thumb: Thanks for posting the pics.
     
  7. longstick

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    I have always wonder what Coach brought up. To me Alaska is a mix of West Coast and Great Lakes. We have rivers with large resident river bows, large lake bows that only come out a few weeks a year during spawn and late fall salmon spawn, and steelies that enter in the fall. We have a few river systems with 2 large lakes in each river. These systems are were we find the largest rainbows in the state, they are all located below the lower lake. Here's my thing, on the kenai system it is easy to most to spot the steelhead, lake bow, and res river fish. Out west the so called bows look like steelies, they have no dots below the lat line, large teeth, and fight hard like steelhead caught a mile from salt. Guys out west call them lake fish that have just dropped out to feed on the eggs of salmon. On the kenai when the lake bows drop out their heards carry the hue of the the lake glacier color, are chrome with spots below the lat line, and have a thick and heavy muscle body. Talking to biologist a few years ago told me that skilak which is the lower lake on the kenai river has a spot that is 1800 ft deep. Out west their lakes are even larger and have even deeper slots. We have seals that chase salmon up river in the fall and do not return to the ocean and stay in the lakes in the winter eating all our massive rainbows. I wish we could do more studies and kill some seals and your sealions down here.

    Sorry if this doesn't make sense, I have had to rewrite it 2 time because my internet has dropped me and I wrote in quick post were I have learned there is a limit. Plus I just flew in from Alaska chasing bows, and I even landed a steelie swinging with my new 5110 axis. Fun times
     
  8. shotgunner

    shotgunner Anywhere ~ Anytime

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    Got kind of an imperial tone.. Side affect of YOUR growing up down there in the mercury zone during the hottest time frame? Save it for the two or three people you lord over. I'm sure you have fished Canada, from your home it's a simple hop across @ Buffalo.. Was it combined with a trip to Niagara falls? Easy.. just a friendly jab.. None the less, a far cry from what jewels the province has in it's possession.

    Once again you've conveniently changed the context to suit your narrow focus. 'enormous region' was as in the entire basin, not a Rainbows wanderlust range. Again, I never refuted present toxins, which are highest in the southern industrial [your] areas and vary HUGELY by individual lake and area. You introduced the toxin aspect to the thread, which is fine as there is no defined direction anymore. Don't distort mine, the size and diversity of the region in it's entirety, which has some pretty amazing & unique aspects.

    A couple interesting quotes pulled from searches.

    "At one time, more than seventy Native American tribes lived and worked along the 2000 mile Pacific Northwest coast running from Northern California to Alaska. Northwest Coast Native Americans are known today for their intricate wood carvings, including totem poles and ceremonial masks, as well as baskets and weavings"

    "The Great Lakes have a total shoreline near 10,000 miles, over 350 species of fish

    10,000 miles of shore with countless tribs.. "Yeah, I been there / done that".. :hmmm:

    people"http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/greatlk.htm



    I'll appeal to the board members to look at our home front with an open mind.. study a bit.. verify things for yourself rather than through some malcontents campaign to give it a black eye by painting all with the same brush stroke. It's got alot to offer, not only as a fishery, but wild scenic STRIKING experiences.. Grey Wolves, Black Bear & Moose.. and most important.. Solitude.

    Couple pics. These aren't roadside photo opp parks.. You better have your shoes laced up tight and lunch along for the hike. Miles of rough dirt logging roads.. xtra gas, tow straps, jacks, tool kits,.. and wall tents. Cell reception? ..LOL...

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  9. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Nice XXX fish porn "GeorgeMcfly"
    I live 5 min from the Columbia and 15 min from the Wenatchee river and if there was not this big battle over the "wild salmon and steel head" I would be able to post XXX fish porn just like yours.
    The really sad part about the battle over wild vs hatchery is the sport fisher gets f--ked. closed river, no fish worth fishing for.
    The Columbia is poluted also and I would not eat the fish out of it either.
    I guess what I'm saying is and I'm gonna piss off the wild fish huggers. I don't care what you call'em I would just like to be able to walk down to the river and C&R some big trout.
    Thanks to all the other guys that posted the good info on the GL region, and I enjoy reading the pissin matches also.
    Keep up the good work. and fish on when you can fish.
     
  10. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    It may be a side affect, I dunno. It's more likley that I am simply just an asshole.
     
  11. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    I think you are missing something here. If you were to take the total amount of "shoreline" along the Pacific coast from N Cal to up into Alaska you are going to far exceed 2000 miles or even 10,000. British Columbia has 16,777 miles of "shoreline" alone and WA state has 3026 miles of "shoreline". I am not even going to try and count the number of streams and rivers that flow into the Pacific.
     
  12. kruggy1

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    Cool you posted our pics Mcfly, nice of you to join the party!!!!:beer2:
     
  13. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    Many, many people eat those fish; locals, out of towners etc. It is a huge food fishery and there is very little local knowledge or obvious warnings about toxins in the fish. But that is true here in the pacific northwest as well.
     
  14. GeorgeMcfly

    GeorgeMcfly Great Lakes Steelhead Slayer

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    glad ya enjoy the pix!
     
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    Matt Damon!!!!
     
  16. Dizane

    Dizane Coast to Coast

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    WHAT A WHOPPER!!!11:eek:
     
  17. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    McFly, is that the Vermillion? I fished there a few times when i live in Toledo. Great river and great fish!
     
  18. GeorgeMcfly

    GeorgeMcfly Great Lakes Steelhead Slayer

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    yes it is the vermilion. me and kruggy fish it all the time
     
  19. Hal Eckert

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    Wow have been on this site since 9/03 and this is the post with greatest amount of steelie photos in years here and they are from the GLs. Been fly fishing Michigan mainly for steelhead and trout since I moved to mid west in 1980, runs were really good in the eighties, started tapering off in the last ten years.. There are a number of rivers with wild reproducing fish but most are dependent upon on hatchery plants. I have not killed or eaten any since around 1984 due to water quality issues. You still can hit some really good fishing for steelies if you know where and when and get a little lucky though just like the old days.

    Well here are a few more pictures of wild michigan steelhead from a river that has not been planted in a long time and had them planted in the 1880s.

    If you like I will start calling them toxic lake run rainbows and will still enjoy catching and releasing them.

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  20. kruggy1

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    Great pictures Hal Eckert, nice looking fish thanks for sharing!!!:thumb:
     

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