First Steelhead on the Fly

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Brian Bennett, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

    Landed my first Steelhead on the fly last Sunday, a hatchery fish but still a defining moment in my life as a fly fisherman. Beginner hole on the Kalama, double beaded stone, the weather change Saturday night moved up some fresh fish. As a recent transplant from Colorado I'm thrilled to be in the game but I have to say I am equally disappointed by the way some people treat this waterway. The vast amounts of trash and discarded line were appalling! Is it common to see this same kind of disrespect on other rivers or is this unique to the Kalama? I did pack out a full bag of trash on Saturday so maybe the good karma helped with the fish gods?
     
  2. Matt Burke

    Matt Burke Active Member

    Congrats, you are now a part of an elite clan. Don't know about the trash thing on the Kalama, but it sounds like it may be a little cleaner on the Sky, Sno, NF Stilly, Sauk and Skagit.

    Matt Burke
     
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    It is nice that you got a picture of that steelhead but in doing so you broke the law. If you were going to retain that fish it is a all right thing to do but If you are putting it back you are not supposed to take it out of the water to unhook it. See page 14 of the regs for this year. At the top of the page.

    Jim
     
  4. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

    Thanks for the heads up on the regs, rookie mistake.
     
  5. Jumbo

    Jumbo Member

    Washington is particularly bad when it comes to streamside garbage. I ALWAYS take a garbage sack with me and usually don't have trouble filling it up in 5mins. at the end of my day. Sad, but true.

    imho, it is a baitchucker deal...
     
  6. Jay Allyn

    Jay Allyn The Poor-Student Fly Fisher

    It is proabably 99% garbage from gear fishermen give or take between the two groups of fishing. You also have to remember that in some areas the garbage comes from non-fishers and people out drinking and "haveing fun". I also know that lots of gear fishermen don't litter, it's just the few that ruin it for the rest of us.
     
  7. soccerstud

    soccerstud New Member

    most rivers are clean if you float down them but if you go to a place with easy access there is usually a lot of trash thanks to the worm flickers and meat fishermen it's sad but true.
     
  8. Mike Etgen

    Mike Etgen Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here

    New River Mike

    Congrats on the fish and thanks, Jim, for pointing out this new regulation. Even though I've heard it myself I've quite likely and thoughtlessly disregarded it without thinking about it.
    I've been here just a few years myself and have seen examples from one extreme to the other - some areas pristine and some extremely spoiled. I'm guessing it has something to do with ease of access, but it's the best I can come up with and hardly an excuse.
    I had the same kind of experiences back in western Virginia, in the Appalachians - some places seemed hardly touched and some shameful. At times it seemed the natives were more disrespectful of their surroundings than the transplants, but that's probably over-generalizing. Since I've been here on the Kitsap peninsula, I think I've bene a little surprised and disappointed at the general level of disrespect towards the environment, as measured by the litter on the roads, the impromptu dumping sites on the back roads, and the trash along the edges of rivers, lakes, and beaches.
    Hard to figure...:dunno
     
  9. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

    Actually I believe the pic is perfectly legal.

    The rule states that you can't remove fish (salmon and steelhead) that MUST be released. That would include any salmon or steelie in C&R only waters, all native\wild steelies, protected salmon, etc. If the fish is legal to keep\bonk (if you choose), it is also legal to remove from the water to photograph and release...

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    Rules for Handling Fish- New rules to increase the survival of fish released are now in effect. In Marine Areas 5-13, when wild salmon or a particular
    species of salmon must be released, boat anglers may not bring them aboard a vessel. “Aboard” is defined as inside the vessel’s gunwale. In
    freshwater, bank and boat anglers (except in the Columbia River downstream of the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line) may not totally remove from the
    water any salmon or steelhead THAT IS REQUIRED to be released. In saltwater, 6-gill shark (which anglers must release) may not be removed from the
    water.
     
  10. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

  11. Well apparently Chadk and I were thinking the same thing and he can type faster than I can. So i'll just edit this post to say, "Congrats on your first Steelhead":thumb
     
  12. Backyard

    Backyard SANCHO!

    Did we meet down there on sunday? I was the guy in the grey watermaster.
     
  13. Dan Soltau

    Dan Soltau New Member

    Very nice job. I have been very fortunate as I have gone after them once on the snoqualmie once and I am 1 for 1. I hope to a lot soon though.
     
  14. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

    I think so. I was flailing on the roadside of the river when you floated down?
     
  15. worldanglr

    worldanglr Member

    Yeah we were the guys in the Puma raft and the two watermasters fishing right above you guys on the same hole... I watched that whole thing! Congrats on your first steelhead, those fish are pretty scrappy! I was the guy in the funny hat with blond hair who busted off that big steelie about a half an hour after you caught yours... Good luck and keep catchen' um!

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  16. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

    I saw that fish bust loose, my amigo Casey from Colorado was fishing just below you guys. I had no control over that fish for a minute, I was lucky to get it back on the wheel.
     
  17. spanishfly

    spanishfly Steelberg

    Congrats! Being a recent transplant as well I was lucky to tie into my first fly caught steelie last year. This had to be one of the most defining fishing experiences in my life. Keep up the hot streak:thumb
     
  18. worldanglr

    worldanglr Member

    Where are you from in Colorado? I used to live in Boulder, used to guide for Front Range Anglers in South Boulder. Still don't understand how that fish busted off, I had my 6 weight Winston LT bent into the handle and the triple surgeons between the 8 pound maxima and what was left of the tapered leader I was fishing broke. Keeps you coming back I guess... Welcome to Washington!

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  19. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

    Welcome to the Steelhead world!
    Steelhead to a flyfisher is like crack to a junkie!

    Was that an improper analogy?

    Great job and fish!

    Peter ><>

    Mark 12:30-31
     
  20. andrew

    andrew Active Member

    I want to be "junky"...:bawling