big steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Standing people, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Standing people New Member

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    Hey, just read in the paper about a 30.5 pd. steelhead being caught on the sky, to bad the guy got it on side planer, well it is nice to know that their is some big fish in the river.
  2. Sinktip Monty

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    The River, Or Bar
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    Isn't it amazing what can get in the system when they have a chance to get past the floatilla at the mouth. :eek:
  3. Gary Thayer Member

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    How was its weight determined? Thought Steelhead were to be left in the water. Seems too specific to be calculated by the length X girth formula.

  4. Nailknot Active Member

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    I think the fish was a tribe hatchery buck caught in the Quinault, where fish of that size are not unusual. Nice thought, though, the Sky.
  5. Sinktip Monty

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    iagree Yes, what a thought. I guess I will keep dreaming of them for now.

  6. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Go to "All About the Fly" shop in Monroe. They have a picture of a big Steelhead,40" plus. And caught on a spey rod. Just a few days ago.

  7. chadk Be the guide...

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    Snohomish, WA.
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    There have been many big fish caught recently (last 2 weeks):

    Skagit system: I know of a few 20+ lbers, but that is 'normal'.

    Snoqualmie: I know of a few 20+ lbers and one close to 30. Not so normal.

    Quinault: A close to 30lber - not at all unusual in that river

    Sky: 2 fish in the 26-30 lb range that I know of.

    The bad news is that I haven't been out myself in over a month bawling:
  8. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    I know that there was a weighed 30#'s and some change steelhead caught on the Quinault. Saw pictures of it the other day. Was gear caught. And not uncommon, as mentioned, on the lower Quinault. Last year was a very good year for over 30's. I know several were caught, along with a 31# hatchery fish caught on the Chehalis tribs. I think just about any river has the op to get a big fish. It's just getting someone to catch it. In fact, chances are alot of people have had big 20/low 30# steelhead on. It's those fish you just can't budge that snap you off. Especially a big nate. They just don't come in, they make you work for them.