Freeze my nards off for Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Broderick Smith, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Broderick Smith SeaToTree

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    Planned to head East this weekend for some more Steelhead action - temps are high of ~30 and teens at night + snow. No problem for us but thoughts on how this will effect the fishing?

    I'm just concerned it might put them off initially as they adjust...but maybe its been cold and they've already adjusted to the lower temps. I'll post a report when I'm back, hope no one goes for a swim this time, 30 degrees is a different ball game no matter how much whiskey is in the flask.
  2. Big Tuna Member

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    When water temps drop, fish become less active. Consequently, fishing usually gets tougher. Be sure to check the flows. I doubt the Wenatchee will be wade able and the Methow is borderline right now.
  3. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I don't mind being cold (I like it actually) but fishing any river that drains the east side if the cascades when winter is setting in is CRazzY!
  4. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Those rivers get really tough on a temp drop. Not to mention that ice in the guides is a total ass pain.
  5. Steelie Mike Active Member

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    It depends of where you are fishing honestly and river temps are the most important to look at. Still air temp in the 30's and river temps the same you can have some good fishing. We had some great fishing last November on two rivers with similar conditions and we even got them on drylines.
  6. troutpounder Active Member

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    the flow on the wenatchee is droping and if the trend continues it should be decent by saturday!
  7. Irafly Active Member

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    River temps on the Methow when they drop will put what little fish are in there off. Once things stabilize a bit and stay consistent they should be ok. Good luck.
  8. Big Tuna Member

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    I'm not sure what you're looking at. 3200 cfs is way too high for wading.
  9. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Oh I wasn't talking about to cold to fish, that's nonsense in my book. I just meant the air temps can drop from "cold" to "are you f****ing kidding me?" in the winter. I've caught fish on the swing in December over here, when it was snowing. I just wont say where :p
  10. daveypetey Active Member

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    Fished the NF of the Stilly with my absolute rudimentary knowledge of steelhead. No tugs, but I did talk to some other fisherman who said they had seen and felt nothing all day. We all blamed it on the quick temp change. Who knows....???
  11. PT Physhicist

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    I'd blame it on being the middle of November and the NF has an abysmal run of steelhead. I doubt it had much to do with the weather.
  12. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    The Stilly should be picking up, well as much as it does anyways.. I always loved the last two weeks of November. It was fun to reconnect with my home river after being out of town guiding for the previous 4 months.
  13. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    If youre fishing below deer creek youre pretty much targeting chums and coho.....If youre fishing C-post to Fortson, you are targeting hatchery steelhead. The river is up, the nights are cold, and all the deer creek fish are in deer creek by now
  14. Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Ditto. I checked out some spots at yesterday at lunch/midafternoon. The water is well into the bushes. The normal seams didn't exist and the awesome soft water runs were raging torrents. You will have be very careful wading and figure new spots at these levels. I did see one wader angler but at these levels, where they were fishing was probably just casting practice.
  15. daveypetey Active Member

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    Really? That is a shame. I will have to focus my efforts elsewhere.
  16. Ryan Higgins Active Member

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    I just got back from the Wenatchee. We fished below Monitor and rand around up to Cashmere looking for decent water. It's solid rapids. Most of the usual slack water is tearing right now. It was very treacherous wading. It was pretty much just casting practice.
  17. Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Did you get snowed on? It was snowing for a while in town this morning...
  18. Ryan Higgins Active Member

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    It was very light, the hills around us got a light dusting, but there was barely any making it down to the bottom of the valley. It was a wonderful morning, not too cold, light precip, just way too much water.
  19. Broderick Smith SeaToTree

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    Well we fished hard today (4 dudes) and we tapped no steelhead face..I swung my new 6 weight Spey (epic) but didn't see or feel a thing. Colder than a witches tit! We're going to hit it again tomorrow. (METHOW). Beer was cold and river was gorgeous but like others mentioned the waters are high and the normal awesome slots are tough to reach without your water wings.