Summer Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by greaseliner, Feb 7, 2004.

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  1. greaseliner

    greaseliner Guest

  2. Jay Allyn

    Jay Allyn The Poor-Student Fly Fisher

    Where you a little too excited to get this post in? 13 posts seems a little too many!}(

    On a moer serious note, I do agree with you. Leave spawning fish alone.
  3. keepemwild

    keepemwild Guest

    Sorry about the unnecessary # of posts - it wasn't intentional. I'm doing my weekly get hammered and tie flies thing so I guess that explains it. It won't happen again.
  4. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    "I'm new to posting on this site and don't really want to step on anybody's toes here."

    Am I the only one who calls BS on this? If you weren't trying to step on anyone's toes, then what the f$*% was your point??

    Summer and winter steelhead spawn at the same time. You're basically saying that anyone fishing for winter steelhead right now is "ripping them off their redds" as well.
  5. Backyard

    Backyard SANCHO!

    >thank you!! :thumb
    >i was pleased as punch to see them close the methow at
    >the end of december.
    >it is pictures like these that make you and i sick.
    >but some people just can not help themselves.

    Glad you're pleased... How bout you edit out the pesonal attack on Ryan. He was legaly fishing that river. It may not be up to your own personal ethics... but it's no reason to be throwing mudd in his face. Especially when he's not here to defend himeself.

  6. Wayne Jordan

    Wayne Jordan Active Member

    And all this time... I thought they migrated up the rivers for a vacation from the commercial fishermen in the salt!:thumb
  7. greyghost

    greyghost Member

    First off, I have spent a lot of time on the water with Ryan and know that he is an ethical angler. He cares about wild fish and is responsible with them. Although I wasn't on the Methow trip last Spring I would be willing to vouch that they weren't fishing over gravel for actively spawning fish. Educated fisherman know when and where to target fish that aren't up on redds. That being said, what is the difference if you target a winter steelhead on the lower Skagit in Feb, or summer steelhead on the Methow in Feb? As already stated, they are on their way to spawn.........thus, in your view, being ripped from redds.
    hey, make sure nobody fishes the Skagit system during the C&R season this year, I think it might make people sick.

  8. keepemwild

    keepemwild Guest

    Actually, all I am saying alpine trout is stay the f#!% out of my water if thats your attitude. Fish that spawn in those rivers have already managed to pass through eight federal dams (twice!), avoided commercial fishing nets, swam through some of the most polluted waters in the state, and dodged armadas of gearchuckers. These fish start up the Columbia in early summer making it to their home rivers around October. After overwintering in these rivers or in the Snake they move their tired asses for their final act of spawning in the spring. Considering all that these fish go through and the fact they are extremely fatigued by this point, it is simply unsports-manlike to bother these fish. Just becuase it's legal doesn't mean it's right. But hey, if your buddy can't swing flies in the fall like the rest of us maybe he should learn. There's not much glory in bouncing egg patterns for half dead fish.
  9. Wakemaster

    Wakemaster New Member

    I completely agree that harassing spawning steelhead has no place in the sport of angling, however, I am confused by these pictures. The title suggests a late March 2003 trip, however, when I click on the individual pictures I keep coming up with a 11/1/2002 picture date. Do we really know which is correct before we jump to the obvious conclusion?

  10. ChrisC

    ChrisC Member

    I am equally confused, if it was during March, wasn't that during Whitefish season? Apologies if I am mistaken.
  11. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    You don't know what kind of hole you're digging yourself. Pick your battles...
  12. ChrisC

    ChrisC Member

    Not to be total geek but there is evidence of "temporal separation" between summer and winter fish according to this interesting piece from NMFS:

    Of course with the amount of bastardization that has probably occured in WA, what separation there is may have been diluted by our hatchery policies. Would be great to hear from someone who might have better information.

    I'm staying out of the flaming but if one is fishing legally, then I think it would be more appropriate to put pressure on revising the regs.
  13. keepemwild

    keepemwild Guest

    If sticking up for what's right for our fish is "diggin a hole" for myself than that's exactly what I plan on doing.

    Swinging flies on the Skagit during Feb for winter fish is significantly different from chasing summer run fish in the spring in rivers like the Methow and Grande Ronde. The big difference is that those winter fish in the Skagit spend about a week to a couple months in the river before spawning. Steelhead in the Methow and the Grande Ronde usually spend 6 to 9 months migrating far greater distances than Puget Sound river steelhead. The chances of a winter fish in the Skagit surviving to spawn after being caught and released are far better than a Grande Ronde fish caught nine months after it entered fresh water simply because its energy levels haven't been so depleted.

    Here's a question: Why do you think the Puget Sound Rivers close down in the late spring? keep hordes of fisherman from harassing the majority of the wild fish that spawn during that time. Maybe you think we ought to get rid of that and just let people fish for the Skagit's winter runs right up until they start molding.
  14. keepemwild

    keepemwild Guest

    I'm all for putting pressure on the regs and you can be sure that the WDFW will be hearing from me. I'm just trying to encourage fellow steelhead fly anglers to hold themselves to a higher standard of ethics as well. I'm sure that we all agree that we want our sport and our fish runs to continue well into the future. Making that happen starts with our own actions and we shouldn't wait until the WDFW tells us to straighten up our acts.
  15. ChrisC

    ChrisC Member

    Understood, perhaps another step is to eliminate the "Whitefish" season on some of our rivers.
  16. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    You're ideas aren't necessarily bad, but it's your approach I have a problem with. Instead of coming out of the gates with one of your first post on this forum accusing people you don't know of being unethical assholes, why not bring it up as a topic for discussion? It was obvious you were trying to step on toes, so why go through the trouble of saying you're not?

    What I mean by digging yourself a hole is you've just accused several active people in fisheries conversation of being inconsiderate slobs. That's not exactly the best way to make a first impression. I will give you some credit for leaving names out of it, but greaseliner's comment was 100% classless and uninformed.

    P.S. - ChrisC, the whitefish loophole didn't apply on the Methow last year. The general steelhead season was open through March 31st.
  17. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    I would like to know what got your panties in a bunch, but I don't think coming on here and jumping down everyones throat about fishing over spawing steelhead is the way to get your point across. I have found that most of the people on this site are people that have common sense and don't fish the way you have mentioned. I know I for one don't do it and if I found fish spawning I would move on or quit for the day. There's more places to fish besides rivers in the winter.

  18. greyghost

    greyghost Member

    Well actually, DUH, a lot of people do fish the Skagit during the March-April 30 catch and release season and I would hardly call many of them unsportsmanlike, they consist of many people that contribute a lot on this site and also towards wild steelhead conservation, including the mandatory wild steelhead release moratoruium recently passed. I understand what your point is on upriver fish, but I would hardly be so bold as to call any one who fishes for steelhead on a river, say the Clearwater in Idaho (or any columbia system trib), as an unethical, unsportsmanlike angler. You'd be "stepping on the toes" of many responsible, ethical, steelhead pioneers in the process. You fish where you feel comfortable, and let everyone else fish where legal and they feel comfortable doing so..........

  19. keepemwild

    keepemwild Guest

    Excellent point. "Whitefish" season is absolute nonesense.
  20. keepemwild

    keepemwild Guest

    "I would like to know what got your panties in a bunch,..."

    Well, I guess its because I'm tired of seeing folks harassing spawning fish. I don't like hearing about people going over and fishing the Ronde or Clearwater during this time of year because we all know darn well what the fish are doing right now. By no means am I suggesting we not fish these rivers at all I might add. I've spent countless fall days on these rivers. My experiences on these rivers are why I've chosen to get involved with conservation efforts in Columbia/Snake River system. I hope others will do the same.

    You're absolutely right. The vast majority of folks on this site are ethical, conservation-minded people. But if I hear anybody, even one person, talking about knocking half-dead, summer steelhead over the head with weighted egg patterns this spring you're gonna hear my opinion about it.

    And you know what, people who fish over redds aren't the conservation minded saints some make them out to be on this board. If they cared more about the fish than getting a tight line they would leave them alone. If they're involved with conservation efforts that's absolutely great but that's no excuse for fishing over redds. And if I stepped on your toes...good, cause I got you thinking.
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