My first Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by wboles3, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. wboles3

    wboles3 Member

    I finally hooked and landed my first steelhead ever. I caught this yesterday evening before dark on the Snoqualmie. I was fishing a single hand rod, nymphing a stone fly without an indictor because it( the indicator ) fell off a few casts earlier. The fish measured 32" and 10 lbs. Sorry, I did not have a camera at the river, therefore the kitchen photo. I was quite excited about last nights catch and headed out to the Sky this morning, the gods were with me I guess, because I hook and landed a 24" steelhead on the spey swinging a skykomish sunrise.


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  2. Smalma

    Smalma Active Member


    However be aware that you may also have caught a life time disease.

    Tight lines
  3. wboles3

    wboles3 Member

    Thanks Curt, I actually already have the disease. I have been trying for 3 years, winter and summer, to catch a steelhead.

  4. fish-on

    fish-on Waters haunt me....

    And you probably thought that catching one would be the cure..... :)


    Tight lines,

  5. TWD

    TWD Travis

    Nice fish, congrats on the last two days and keep the string alive!
  6. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

    Right on man!... dues have been paid, now you can enjoy without stressing for a fish.:thumb: Confidence is half the equation when steelheading, as you found out today.
  7. Steelie Mike

    Steelie Mike Active Member

    Every now and then great Karma shows up and steelhead show up with it. Goes to show you persistance pays off. Congrats on the fishies!
  8. ibn

    ibn Moderator Staff Member

    Nice work Bill, they'll probably come a lot easier now.
  9. wboles3

    wboles3 Member

    Thanks all for the compliments. Quite frankly I was starting to get a little discouraged. Actually, I should thank Zen and you Steelie Mike for your most informative thread on nymphing. Ironically enough, I read your post just 3 hours prior to catching the first. Today, I decided to carry two rods. The single handed rigged for nymphing and the spey for swinging.

  10. Sinktip

    Sinktip Monty

    Way to go!:thumb: The sickness will only get worse from here.bawling:
  11. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

    Didn't you know that its bad luck to keep your first Steelhead on the fly?

    Jk, nice fish...

  12. Steelie Mike

    Steelie Mike Active Member

    Bill I always have a single and a double with me. You never know what kind of water you will find downstream. Zen is now starting to get into the swing of thisngs with the spey rod as well. Congrats again!
  13. Bun

    Bun Reel Pure

    Great work bill! :thumb:
  14. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

  15. SMiller435

    SMiller435 New Member

    Congrats, Would have been nice to release them though bawling: - You must have been really hungry.


    S Miller
  16. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

    How come you guys don't nymph with your spey? For me nymphing is far more exhausting than swinging- and the spey works very well.
  17. Chris Burley

    Chris Burley Guest

    Nice Bill. Well worth the wait I'm sure.

    C&R is a worthy practice, but life is too short to not eat thine first lovely steel. ;)
  18. Anil

    Anil Active Member

    Nice work. I wouldn't loose any sleep over killing a hatchery Steelhead.
  19. wboles3

    wboles3 Member

    Anil, thanks. No sleep lost. A full stomach will do that, I must have been hungry.

    I was going to respond to the comments referring to C&R. However, I decided not to. Those that know me, know my fishing ethics already.

    Sure would be nice if the prerequisite for said comments also included a scanned copy of their catch record card.
  20. Randyon

    Randyon New Member

    I've been trying (and trying, and trying) for the Steelhead for quite awhile, and my rod has yet to convince one. so my hat is off to you, and I'm feeling encouraged to make a run soon.:) Thanks for share! congrats on the fish! and I'll probably eat my first as well. :)