How Many Winter-Run Steelhead???

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Ben Waldschmidt, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. James Waggoner

    James Waggoner Active Member

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    15-20 trips not counting my one hour micro excursions to the local river before or after work. Been pretty ok this winter, going 7 for 8 and having caught a nice 18# Sol Duc Native was definitely the highlight. I spent about 1/2 those trips in Oregon waters.

    James.
     
  2. Steelie Mike

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    What the hell are you talking about?

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    Granted it was not a winter fish.
     
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  4. TexBC

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    Been out chasing winter steel about 6 times up here in BC on the Vedder River. Swinging flies each time. No fish to hand, though I *may* have had one quick pull in late-February. lol

    Hoping to get out once or twice more, but we'll have to wait and see.
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  5. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    Man, some of you are fish catching machines!!! I hope, someday, to have a season like some of you....
     
  6. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Okay, mid-oct till mid Jan... That's still a long time....
     
  7. Coach Duff

    Coach Duff Banned or Parked

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    Okay, some great numbers put up there. Nice work boys! Now how many on the swing and how many nymphing or indicator sticking? That has me really curious. Coach
     
  8. herl

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    Geez.. I must be fishing the wrong rivers.

    1 for 1 since 01/01/09.

    ~5 three hour trips and 2 half day excursions.

    95% swinging.


    PS: I like the idea of an unofficial WFF steelhead creel survey thread for each season/major river - would be very useful info, not to know when or where to fish, but to get an idea of how the season was and how your personal experience stacks up.
     
  9. fish7

    fish7 work is for people who dont know how to fish

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    been out around 6 days or so and landed 1
    deschutes river
     
  10. ibn

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    I'll add my data points for the original poster...

    Since November, 7 trips, 22 fish. All walk in fishing, no floating. 21 of the 22 were nymphing, 1 on the swing. Pretty lucky this season as I landed at least 1 fish on every trip.

    Most memorable would be a 35" fish that fought harder then any other I've caught. Took me downriver through some hairy water and bank access.

    Attached are the 35" buck and a bright hen from the same trip.
     
  11. g_smolt

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    3 days total.

    11 hours bobbercatin'...2 hookups, 1 landed.
    7 hours swingin'...1 grab, goose-egg.
     
  12. CLO

    CLO They baitin'

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    Ibn- Great ratio...geez.



    To add more info to my post:

    All walking,

    50-50 swinging/nymphing,

    5 nymphing and 4 swinging since JAN 1
     
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    At least 15 days, mostly Sky and Sauk, with nary a bump.
     
  14. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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  15. Jergens

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    iagree and would also not that even if you catch them in the winter, steelhead on the methow/ronde/cw are not winter steelhead.

    Oh yeah, and between 6 of us for 5 days in forks we couldn't swing a fish to save our lives.
     
  16. 1morecast

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    Since Jan.1st. Stuck 3 landed 0.. All on the swing... It has been one of those years..Oh yea I will be out swingin tomorrow...
     
  17. WaFlyCaster

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    Spent too much time on buddies sled gear fishin and drinking:beer1: or float fishing while on foot this year...

    anyways back to original point.

    Since the end of november:

    1 full morning swinging on foot.... no bites

    3 intermittent nymphing/swing trips.... one legit take down with indicator.
     
  18. HauntedByWaters

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    Way to be honest there because that sounds about right.

    If I count WA only, I have 4 for 6 on the swing. All from the bank, 40 days or so on the water.

    A piss poor season but it ain't over yet.
     
  19. golfman65

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    I would say the same around 30-40 trips..

    All wading bank fishing, all swung flies...I thought that was the point of steelheading?

    Oops there I go again...

    So for lets say 35days on water 3 fish...

    Bring on trout season, bring on the pink year,bring on the salt,bring on stillwater..bring on CATCHING something again..:rofl:
     
  20. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    damn some of you are studs.

    15 long days on our local rivers, swinging the big stuff and nymphing the little stuff- nary a bump. well.... maybe. but i doubt it.

    6 days on the OP. 2-4 on adults, all pimphyin. 1 pissed off jack on the shwing. that was mid feb. and all that action was in 2 days. the rest was spent walking, exploring new rivers, vampire hunting and flailing fruitlessly.

    only fished for steelface twice since ive been back and havent got a grab. all schwangin.

    im just stoked i finally got to look one in the eye. jesus christ are they beautiful. i think next season im just gonna live in forks. chrome bright wild steelhead have consumed my brain.