Milestone steelies

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Sean Beauchamp, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I've been fortunate enough to catch big fish in Ore, Wa and B.C., and they are all special in their own right. But my home river continues to haunt me.
    My dream fish would be any, legally caught, wild Nooksack steelhead in March( please God, let that happen), or a Thompson river fish.
  2. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    HA! More love for the Nooksack! It does certainly have some beautiful gravel bars and amazingly strong fish

    Working as a fisheries bio, I was able to do a creel sampling of the wild NATIVE S. fork summer runs.......THOSE are some of the most amazing steelhead ever, too bad the run is maybe 100 fish as far as we can tell
  3. Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    All these replies And zero love for the skykomish?? Spectacular and diverse drainage, I guess if we're dreaming here I'd love to see the spring season reopen so I could fish the river in my backyard. I can imagine a ticket gate to fish Christmas tree (miyawaki bacon bar) on weekends in march/april tho!
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  4. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    I love the Skykomish fish, but I think as far as milestones go, Im pretty satisfied with the love the Sky has given me... Shes a good river.
    As a generalization though, Id love to see a single barbless bait ban spring C&R season on the S rivers in general.
  5. Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    Evan and I were talking the other day about catching a fish in the sky on a skykomish sunrise, that would be a cool milestone fish for me as the sunrise is one of my favorite bugs and I rarely fish the sky.
  6. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    The Skykomish and Skagit fish have been some of the best, highest quality fish I've caught in any of the rivers I've fished. I'd say my next wild Skykomish fish is my next milestone... Been a while since I touched one. I have a curse of frequent unbuttonings on those winter fish.

    I do feel pretty awesome that my first Skagit fish was on the full-on Skagit two-hander setup, all the way down to the intruder on the end.
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  7. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    I too really like the idea of catching a wild fish with a fly that has a historical tie to a specific river; ex. catch a wild OP fish on an Orange Heron, etc.

    I think that'll be my 'theme' this season - wild WA fish with patterns or variants of patterns by the great fly tiers often associated with WA rivers like Glasso, Johnson, McMillan, Hogan, etc.

    Hell, I almost never catch a winter fish, wild or otherwise, anyway so it's not like I'm really limiting myself...
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  8. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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    I would really like to catch a steelhead on the Sol Duc River using Syd Glasso's Sol Duc spey fly. However, I sometimes have a difficult time using flies that I spent countless hours tying. Anyhow, I am determined to make this happen this coming spring.
  9. Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    One step ahead of ya Joe! Been tying some sky sunrise intruders and some of my own creations in the color scheme I'm excited to fish!

    I think I smell a fly swap :)

    Skykomish Sunrise fly swap for the Sky river rats! Exchange em at sultan bakery and go fish a run. Open to 6 people
  10. TD Active Member

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    Each time I step into the Sol Duc the first fly I tie on is an Orange Heron. I'm determined to marry that combo with a Wild Steelhead one of these days.
  11. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    First fly caught steelhead was on a Sol Duc Spey, north fork Stilly.
  12. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Great idea Thomas, I think I'll give that a go.
  13. golfman65 Guest

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    this one is for kerry..who likes my olson porn...

    milestone as it was on a skated dry...only 3 steelies on the dry for me..I don't give it enough of a chance I know..for some reason a couple weeks back I just switched off my usual mindset and put the dry on...someone smiled down on me for that!!! kl 013 (Large).jpg
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  14. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Great fish!!! Is that a speyco reel?
  15. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Gorgeous!
  16. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Solid Paul. Solid.
  17. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    On a Titanic . Nice .