Emergency Steelhead Gloat...

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Steve Buckner, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Steve Buckner

    Steve Buckner Mother Nature's Son

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    So what does a guy do when he has a day off? Stupid question...

    So I get up and head out the door early and arrive at a small, semi-secret river. While fishing in one run I notice one fish roll. That's always a good sign. I continue to fish and manage to hook one Steelhead, but the fish comes unbuttoned after only a couple of seconds. I continue to fish through that pool and move onto another. After another hour or so, I hook another fish and this one also comes unbuttoned. As I'm moving downstream, there are numerous fish in most of the tail-outs, I mean the fish were everywhere!!! I probably saw over 50 Steelhead today.

    So, wanting to get my fly down a little deeper, I switch from a sink-tip to a floating line, throw on a couple of small sinkers, an indicator, and a size 6 Polar Shrimp. After about 20 more minutes, I land the first fish of the day, a nice chrome hen of about 7 lbs..

    After having made the switch to a "nymph rig", I manage to hook 5 more fish and land 3 more. I continued to fish until the color of the water put an end to the fishing. My days total was 7 hooked and 4 landed. This has been my best day of the season.

    While I prefer to swing flies, it can often be much more effective to fish a nymph rig for Steelhead. In semi-clear water, I find that small flies will often outproduce big, gaudy patterns. Never underestimate the power of a small, size 4-6 Polar Shrimp.

    I'm hoping that others are enjoying what seems to be turning out to be a good winter season.

    Skinny
     
  2. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    I hate you!;)
     
  3. spanishfly

    spanishfly Steelberg

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    What was the name of that hatchery? j/k You da man!:thumb
     
  4. BOBLAWLESS

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    Skinny
    I hope you remember that expensive beer I bought you during the Port Townsend Fish Commission Pow Wow just in case you are thinking about dropping me a private e-mail detailing the experience a little more with, oh, say, ah, maybe the name of this little piece of water and access.
    Just a hint. That's all.
    Bob, My Lips Will Be Sown Shut By A Licensed Surgeon :thumb
     
  5. greyghost

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    Bob,
    If you would kindly pass that info along to me, I promise not to disclose anything that I saw or particiated in with you on the Fall OP trip.

    Yours truly,

    Pete

    By the way.....

    nice job Skinny...sounds like a great day, I got my first Steelhead of 04 up here in the North Sound just before the river blew out
     
  6. ChrisC

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    Congratulations on a great day! Were there any native/wild fish in the mix?
     
  7. ibn

    ibn Moderator Staff Member

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    These are the types of stories that reinforce my desire to keep fishing. Thanks for sharing, nice story :)

    -I
     
  8. Nailknot

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    Skinny, everyone knows that nymphing doesn't count. Post again when you catch a steelhead the true way, ok?

    Kidding! Great story and right on with small flies. I'd be stoked to see 50 steelies, hook em or not. Cheers to you for a grand day.
     
  9. Backyard

    Backyard SANCHO!

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    >Bob,
    >If you would kindly pass that info along to me, I
    >promise not to disclose anything that I saw or
    >particiated in with you on the Fall OP trip.
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    >Yours truly,
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    >Pete
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    >By the way.....
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    >nice job Skinny...sounds like a great day, I got my
    >first Steelhead of 04 up here in the North Sound just
    >before the river blew out
    >


    shhheeeot.. i got photos.
    :thumb
     

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