Great day in E. Wash

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Ben Swaner, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. Ben Swaner Member

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    Landed my first steelhead today. Again had the river all by myself. E. Wash is growing on me...

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  2. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    Was it freezing cold or OK?
  3. Only On A Fly Member

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    Congrat's. I wish I still lived closer to fish for Steelhead. By far my favorite fish.
  4. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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  5. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    Nice. That fish is so colorful!
  6. Kelly Michelsen Active Member

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    Beautiful color
  7. Ben Swaner Member

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    A little nippy but not too bad.
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  8. Ike Falk New Member

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    What river were you fishing?
  9. Connor Parrish Member

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    If he wanted to tell you where he was fishing he would probably wouldn't write Great Day in E. Washington.... Just a guess though.

    -Connor
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  10. Ike Falk New Member

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    Aside from you being an asshole it was a simple question which was not directed toward you. But thank you for your input, I don't know what I would have done without it.
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  11. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    Ike, not to fan the flame but: if you come on the forum here and your very first post is, "What river were you fishing," you probably aren't going to get much love.

    Might help to hang around a bit more, read more threads, get to know a few folks. Read the forum rules, etc. I think you'll find that people are much more willing to share in that case.

    I also think it doesn't do you any good to use your second post to call someone an asshole who was simply pointing out the obvious.

    Just a thought.

    Jason
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  12. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    No assholes around here.
    Watch and learn!
  13. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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  14. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    not trying to be a party pooper, but that's a steelhead ?? i've only seen colors like that on spawning fish, or within days of spawning, but never have fished for steelhead at that time. i'm no biologist, but maybe like some strains of landlocked rainbows, some river in e wash has steelhead on redds before christmas? but then, i haven't caught tons of steelhead yet. maybe someone here with a background in fisheries biology can educate us. either way congrats on your O. mykiss !
    btw, what did he eat for you?
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  15. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    They can get colorful long before they spawn. I've see a summer run in that was green on the back, red down the side and it was the August. In the same school of fish I caught one that was chrome as could be. Both were fatty (meat looked the same).

    Someone posted an interesting discussion about how quickly they can actually change colors (via chromatophpores?) depending on the color of the water, etc.

    Anyhow, it is a steelhead (length, lack of spots below the lateral line) and I'll bet $ that there are few if any trout that size where it came from...and no I don't know what river :)

    As an aside, the E. Wa steelhead are getting long in the tooth, but I'll be rounding up hatcher brats until it closes...gotta do my duty!
  16. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    colored up i've seen plenty (upper snake river system, never very bright) but it's the grayish tint on the lower half and fins (i think there is yet another term for that, it refers to maximum darkening) that i haven't seen on a steelhead. did your august fish display that? i also haven't fished way upstream in the system, or tribs smaller than the grand ronde might it have anything to do with water temp? i've never fished temps below 39, except on landlocked streams, where rainbows don't exhibit that coloration till things start warming back up and at least some of their cousins are on redds. but, then, my experience with hatchery rainbows thankfully, has been limited, i live in montana :)
  17. kylesw Member

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    I don't know of any hatchery rainbows that get clipped in WA, so it's definitely a steelhead!
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  18. Soderqb New Member

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    Nice fish swandog!
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  19. JesseC Active Member

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    Assholes!
  20. Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    I will be a bazillion dollars that the feesh in the picture is a GR fish. To the guy who caught it, nice work, anything hooked in 37 degree water is an accomplishment anyway you did it. As a hatch dog, I hope you kept it and enjoyed it as table fair.

    Now to question if that fish is spawning.....not by a few months. The bucks really color up on the GR, the hens tend to get a dark grey hue to them.

    you want to see a system who's fish color up early. Go fish the clearwater....
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