Sweet dreams are made of this *dry fly eat*

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Luke77, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    Easily the coolest video I have seen in some time. Thanks for sharing it.
     
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    Cant. Stop. Watching. This. Video.
     
  3. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    So, let's talk about the sore head steel right in front of him. From what I can tell (or can't tell), it's not moldy all over, so I doubt it's knocking on death's door....so why else would it be so chill with all that activity mere feet from the angler?
     
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    whoa, too cool.

    in addition to the obvious steelhead slashing at a waker, that release epitomized how it should be done. play 'em fast and hard, pop the fly out and away they go...
     
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    Funny you should ask. I was trout fishing the Methow last week and a spawned out moldy steelhead just ambles along 3 feet in front of me. First off, I was really surprised that it was still alive (like a zombie is alive) because I thought they all die that far up in the system after spawning. Second, it was not at all spooked by my presence and was exhibiting odd behavior. It was only moldy on it's head, much like the one in this video, which to me says yes, it's knocking on death's door..
     
  6. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Very interesting Lex. Are you sure it wasn't a chinook? Reason I ask is, steelhead are capable of spawning more than once, so this statement, "...I thought they all die that far up in the system after spawning." isn't entirely accurate.

    Either way, that definitely is a cool experience. They sure are put through the ringer before dying...
     
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    Hey Luke,
    The old fish up close in the video is a salmon. There's a lot of spots on the North where the salmon spawn in the main stem. My guess would be a king cause it's too early for coho.
     
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  8. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    Thanks for the inspiration. Not as explosive of an eat more like a straight from behind mouth wide open sharking. I got shutout on skaters last summer and was gone for fall. So it felt good to get the monkey off my back. Hopefully many more dry fly eaters this season. Cheers!
     

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  9. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    WEll done Sean! Shame I was out in the Islands getting my ass handed to me today.

    Go Sox,
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  10. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Think I've watched this video about 100x now.

    I'll save us all some time:

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    Great video.

    What pattern?
     
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    I hear what you're saying but according to biologists in the area, almost all of the steelhead in the Methow drainage don't survive the post spawning long enough for a return journey to the salt. It's too long of a trip over all the dams and the 500+ miles, waiting 9 to 6 months and then spawning to survive. I'm sure they don't just keel over right away after spawning up there and linger around like zombies for awhile. Methow Chinook spawn in the fall so it wasn't that. I can't ID the fish in the video that well, but the one I saw in the Methow pool was definitely a moldy head SH.
     
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    I just got back from a couple days on the NU and it is full of chinook, however, if you listen to the audio of the posted clip the guy says it's a "sorehead steelhead" and I'd tend to believe he knows what he's looking at.
     
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    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    Chinook in this area spawn in September and are dead in October. I would think that this early in the season, it was probably a steelie that spawned in March/April. We had a pretty late season because of low rainfall, so by the time Winter runs were able to make it up, they had to be pretty wiped. He was probably just hanging on for dear life a little longer than most.
     
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    I'm not going to "guess" where that fish was lying before the take. Many summer fish have been taken right where the glass turns into the V in the tailout. As in, right where he hooked it. 1.5-2.5' of water.
     
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    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Some even in the rapid
     
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    I've caught several fish DEEP into a tailout after seeing that other people didn't fish all the way down.
    Rad video.
     
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    I ONLY fish the last 3 feet of every run. 1 step and 2 casts.
     
  19. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    pffftttt...you need 2 casts?? :cool:
     
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    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I hooked 2 winter fish almost that deep in a tail out this past March. I doubt that they chased the fly a long ways since they were winter fish.

    If there are good size stones present or ledge, I'll fish it into the next riffle to make sure I hit it all.

    Go Sox,
    cds