Steelhead Porn

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Andrew Shoemaker, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Dan Page

    Dan Page Active Member

    Maybe not a typical steelhead outing, but still a great video. A video of a typical outing would be so boring no one would watch.
     
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  2. o mykiss

    o mykiss Active Member

    That was part of the Fly Fishing Film tour earlier this year. I don't care that it's not representative of the typical steelhead fishing experience - it's a fun piece to watch, especially the sequence where they tag team landing that last fish. And the patience Hickman displays in waiting to set the hook on that fish is cool to watch. I've blown many a hook-up for lack of that sort of patience so watching something like that is instructive to me. The scenery is beautiful, the fish are beautiful - what's not to like?
     
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  3. Dan Peirce

    Dan Peirce New Member

    I really liked that they actually fished the spot, even though they must have been aware that if Jeff got the take the fish would head down river and likely be history. The allure and anticipation of the take is obviously as much fun for Jeff and Jakob as it its for many of us. The fact that they were able to work together and land that fish without breaking gear, bones or drowning was pretty sick!!!
     
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  4. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

    Heady stuff!
     
  5. Paul Huffman

    Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

    I like the snap at 4:19 to get the line back while under the trees.

    Still, I don't think these guys do this much. Carrying rods broken down on your backpack without a tube or a even a sock and wearing your bright green nanopuff on the outside while you crash through the brush looks like a good way to trash some gear. Their waders aren't even scratched.
     
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  6. Red Arch

    Red Arch Active Member

    Watching them chase that fish was just amazing. Had he been alone I would believe the fiah would have been gone. actually one of the things I look at when im fishing is what I am going to do if I hook a fish. It does me no good if I have a fish on and no place to safely land it
     
  7. ottorotate

    ottorotate New Member

    I'm of the opposite view. I'd think more of an angler who would pass up a spot like that or fish it hookless. Though I admit, that video wouldn't sell a lot of gear.
     
  8. Randall Clark

    Randall Clark Active Member

    I too recognize many of those spots...not exactly secret, but secret enough. It wasn't like it was a documentary, it was a film with a story of sorts. As far as targeting a lie that you know you might have trouble landing a fish if it decides to head towards the ocean, I have no problem with...as long as they're prepared to point that rod directly at a fish (even if it's the fish of a lifetime) and say, "adios amigo, it was nice to connect with you even just for a little bit"...been there. In fact, it's one of those fish that I'll always remember too...many of my fondest memories steelheading are those of fish that I've been fortunate to have fooled, but not fortunate to have landed.
     
  9. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer


    I'm surprised this hasn't been discussed more. My first reaction on seeing the whole hand off scene was: Well, shit, they just put that fish through all that extra stress and work so they could film a cool/edgy action sequence where they run around the forest like knobs and pass a rod back and forth to each other. Not to mention the fact that the whole thing felt contrived.

    Was no one else bothered by that? In this day and age, it doesn't seem very sporting. And it's certainly going to be a lot more harmful to a fish than lifting it from the water for a half a second.

    I kind of feel like you shouldn't really be fishing a lie like that unless you can responsibly land the fish. Or, like Randall said, be okay with pointing the tip at the fish and breaking it off.
     
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  10. Randall Clark

    Randall Clark Active Member

    It's certainly not something I would have done...especially with that big cliff there but it's so hard to tell what the overall situation was in just a video clip since I wasn't there. Just like we really don't know how long it took them to land that fish...
     
  11. R00k

    R00k Part time rookie

    That was soooooo sick! Loved it! Thanks for posting!
     
  12. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    Great filming! When I saw the clean, clear water I figured it was filmed in Oregon, had to read through the site to make sure.

    This is nothing out of the ordinary to me fishing in Oregon, coastal or even Portland area fishing. If you get out and away there are fish! No Indian nets on our coastal rivers and runs are still pretty darn strong.

    What I liked best was the single hand rod being used - seems by today's standards all single hand fly casters are snaggers and always were and always were throughout all time! Saying fishing is not like this now - well I guess you fish in the wrong spots or rivers.

    You can do this on the upper trask - Kilchis - Wilson - siletz - - Nehalem - and many more coastal Oregon rivers - the list goes on.

    Even right around Portland you can hike the upper clack and sandy, Eagle creek, salmon river, up the gorge to the Hood - and many smaller waters in the gorge no one even knows about that a friend always fishes in the winter and catches numbers of steel.
    If you want nothing but wild fish just hike the Trask and main Nehalem above the north fork nehalem or by Portland the Mollala river.

    This is exactly how I use to fish steelhead on the fly and do quite well on just about every trip. Spot fishing while walking the river and hitting every good looking run----- WORKS---- When I floated the sol duc for 5 day's I wanted to explore it's upper reaches above the bait water so bad but the friend with me was older and not very skilled as a steelheader so we did all three floats below the hatchery and bait deadline. My only experience fishing Seattle area rivers and yes we did quite well everyday but was gear fishing because that's all my friend knew.

    If you want numbers buy a fricken boat and get to the runs and bank the boat and get out and swing 10 or 15 runs instead of going to crowded over fished areas.

    I don't know - you people on here paint such a grim picture for steelheading, I understand maybe it's that way for the Seattle area (7 million people) fisherman but it's not everywhere else! From what I know good steeheaders catch fish, maybe not every time out but probably 75% of the time.

    We used to team up and spot fish from cliffs or even climb trees to spot tailouts and V'S for steel and than have a spotter watching the fish and fisherman doing a few fly passes by the fish and if the fish didn't want to play soon move on. Most times the spotter would have to tell the fisherman to set the hook because he could not feel a lot of the takes. Oh yeah wait a minute - that's considered un-ethical now!

    From the middle of the state south the runs are even better on the coastal rivers I have just never needed to go that far to catch fish.

    I'll shut-up now!
     
  13. golfman44

    golfman44 Coho Queen

    Next time you're up in a tree a spot a steelhead gimme a call
     
  14. Bagman

    Bagman Active Member

    My mind maybe fearless, but my body knows better.
     
  15. Achilles

    Achilles Member

    It's entertaining no doubt. I understand these points and agree with some of them. And I understand the enthusiasm and appreciate the optimism. It really does come down to numbers though. My home water had 12,000-20,000 steelhead in it in the 80's and much of the 90's now we see 1,000-2,000. This river is no exception. Optimism is a good thing but let's not also forget that our populations of wild fish are endangered.

    I agree this seemed a bit over dramatic for my taste.

     
  16. Roe

    Roe New Member

    What a sweet vid! I think it was very well filmed and the narration was great. On a side note, I don't know if I would wrap myself around that tree to chase the fish that quickly cause if you slip, you may be asking for trouble but I guess you don't think about that when the adrenaline is pumping through you!
     
  17. Fishee

    Fishee Member

    beautiful, that would be the word.
     
  18. Hal Eckert

    Hal Eckert Member

    Very good, reminds me of this past spring, river was high all week, best run with fish every day had many trees close to the bank, wading was dangerous, I was alone and could not get around two of the trees,so all 7 fish hooked were lost. Looks like one of them had the skeena waders, appears they will take some what of a beating which is good to know.
     

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