Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Tom Johnston, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Will Atlas Guest

    Posts: 0
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    be warned, as other folks have mentioned here...once you get seriously into steelhead you will scarcely think of fishing for anything else. You will become distant, glazed over, and distracted. Your relationships will suffer and your bank account will almost always be hovering right around zero...that is if it isn't overdrawn. Steelhead are the crack of the fish world. Get one, and you'll have a hard time not going back for seconds.
  2. Michigan Boy Michigan transplant needs Steelhead fix!

    Posts: 8
    Bellingham, WA
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    Chrome Dreams!

    best, hardest, most beautiful thing that swims fresh / salt water.

    nothing compares.
  3. Tyler Sadowski Member

    Posts: 473
    Kirkland, wa
    Ratings: +21 / 0
    Steelhead will be the death of me. So take everyones advice and run now and never look back forget about those ghosts they call steelhead as all they are is a figment of our imaginations. The place to start would be at the fly shop picking brains and bullshiting with the guys. ya never know what they might tell ya. Steelheading is a lot of trial and error. although guides and books and all that will make a huge step in your learning curve nothing beats on the water experience, with days, months, and even years of no fish to hand. I think for most of us it just clicked in our heads one day and we started to catch fish a little more consistently, but still somewhere in that kinda knowing what to do you are still baffled and confused over this fish they call a steelhead. Good luck to ya. :beer1:
  4. Jake Bannon nymphs for steelhead....

    Posts: 667
    puget sound
    Ratings: +0 / 0

    I dont fish Hood Canal rivers for steelhead, most of those rivers have very poor fish returns if any at all. I do the coast and the OP. As for what has been said by others, couldnt agree much more.....

  5. Coach Duff Banned or Parked

    Posts: 1,272
    Kailua Hawaii
    Ratings: +6 / 0
    Until you hook a 10-15 pound bonefish. Different genetics, different tail structure, different conditions, just a different experience in every way. But I can draw comparisons between the two species every time I go out. That's why they are part of the "Big 4" for fly anglers.... Bonefish, Tarpon, Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. Each species has stolen many a heart and wrecked more than one marriage!:D Duffer
    PS I still love my steelhead.
  6. golfman65 Guest

    Posts: 0
    Ratings: +5 / 0
    I don't know...I love the winter for the insanity of being out in all weather, the beauty of the flies, the swing, the tug is the drug mentality...

    Summers, Wet wading and hot sun...gin clear water and skating dries to aggressive fish that you can watch come up and take then fight like hell!!!

    I love um both...but everytime I hook a kamloops rainbow and watch and feel their passion I love them too....

    Whenever I get a fresh ocean chum who freaking rips out my line and causes me to actually use my drag...Damn I love them too....


    I'm just damn glad I'm a fly fisherman and can enjoy it ALL!!!
  7. FT Active Member

    Posts: 1,239
    Burlington, WA
    Ratings: +100 / 0
    I almost exclusively fish for steelhead (well 95% of my fishing anyway) and do so year round. I haven't fished for resident trout in at least 14 years, but I do miss fishing several Montana rivers, I just can't justify traveling 700 miles to the great trout fishing in Montana when I have steelhead in my backyard. As to why, Coach said it well.
  8. Joe Smolt Member

    Posts: 532
    Bothell, WA, USA.
    Ratings: +9 / 0
    Steelheader possesses one key quality......Eternal faith. No matter how many skunkings, there's that next outing, that next run. I don't know where that eternal faith and hope comes from. The hope and anticipation is palateable.

    Someone once said that if steelheading is a religion, then winter steelheaders are its monks.

  9. Wayne Kohan fish-ician

    Posts: 1,015
    TriCities, WA
    Ratings: +93 / 0
    I thought I had a rare disease, but I can see it is common, perhaps contagious. I am leaving in a week to fish trout in Idaho, and all I can do is think about the steelhead I hooked and landed on the Klick the past couple weeks. I started tying flies for the trout, some Elk Hair Caddis on a #16 hook, and the next thing I know I'm tying them on a 1/0 hook and trying to figure out the riffle hitch to skate them over a steelhead lie. My prince nymphs have morphed into size 4, 4XL hooks with enough lead to ballast a 35 foot sailboat, the better to get them down quickly to the likely lies. I spend my evenings reading and re-reading Simon Gawesworth's book on spey casting and practicing the movements while laying in bed. The only relief I get from this disease is in the late winter when I've been skunked multiple times in multiple trips, and March rolls around, and the lakes open and that will give me some diversion. But by the time June rolls around, I go out in the streams and though I'm trout fishing, I'm thinking of the steelhead again. It's a never-ending cycle.......

  10. Jumbo Member

    Posts: 125
    Rural Western Wa, USA.
    Ratings: +9 / 0
    stay off my rivers. jesus christ.....
  11. Abel1 New Member

    Posts: 260
    Clearview Wa
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    They are just a myth!....
  12. Tom Johnston Been around a while

    Posts: 956
    Lala land!
    Ratings: +0 / 0
  13. HauntedByWaters Active Member

    Posts: 2,744
    Ratings: +103 / 0
    Steelhead are the most over-rated gamefish that swims.

    Not to say that they aren't amazing, they are just a bit over-rated IMO, as someone who fishes for them almost exclusively.
  14. 1morecast Active Member

    Posts: 741
    Port Angeles
    Ratings: +47 / 0
    I caught my first steelhead on a fly 19 yrs. ago. At the time I was living in SW Montana, fishing for trout, waiting for fall so I could drive 8 hrs. or more to spend 2-3 weeks living out of a tent or the back of my truck,just to chase steelhead.

    Since then I have moved from God's country to STEELHEAD COUNTRY!!
  15. Tom Johnston Been around a while

    Posts: 956
    Lala land!
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    There are plenty of rivers in your direction you cross that carry steelhead huh?
  16. East Fork Active Member

    Posts: 1,200
    Vancouver, WA
    Ratings: +2 / 0
    No......that would be largemouth bass. :):)
  17. Tom Johnston Been around a while

    Posts: 956
    Lala land!
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    True, I left bass fishing to start fly fishing AGAIN.
  18. BDD Active Member

    Posts: 2,219
    Ellensburg, WA
    Ratings: +197 / 2
    "Son, a woman is a lot like a refrigerator! They're about 6 feet tall and weigh 300 lbs. They make ice and ... um ... Oh, wait a minute. Actually, a woman is more like a beer! They look good, they smell good, you'd step over your own mother just to get one! But you can't stop at one. You wanna drink another woman!"

    Homer Simpson

    Steelhead are my favorite fish but I can still admit that I love all the trout and am not ready to give the rest of them up yet. Although if not for a family, I'm pretty sure I'd be jobless, pennyless, but pretty darn happy being a steelhead bum.
  19. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

    Posts: 17,357
    Kitsap Peninsula
    Ratings: +1,324 / 9
    TJ, you can't catch bass on the fly? I don't think you have to give up a damn thing fly fishing.
  20. Tom Johnston Been around a while

    Posts: 956
    Lala land!
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    I gave up gear fishing for bass like an addict for a fly rod and salt water.:beer2: