Tonight... a Steelhead tried to kill me.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Backyard, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Backyard

    Backyard SANCHO!

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    Having the day off, but feeling a bit sick... I decided to take a break from the steelheading, cast/mend/swing routine, and went to a spot where I know some big bulls would be chowing down on some Humpy eggs. Gearing up with a tandem flesh/egg combo under an indicator, I made my way down below some obvious redds. The first few cast resulted in a couple whities, but a half a dozen later, I connected with something solid. A nice'n fat 18” or so Dolly puking up eggs. Sweet, I thought this is going to be cake. Then the rain started.

    That seemed to be the trigger for the pinks to get really aggressive at anything floating by. I couldn’t make a single cast with out one picking it up for a run. After few of those, and not really being able to sight cast to any bulls I decided to head to a steelhead/coho run that I haven’t fished all summer.. Thinking maybe a big streamer at dusk would convince a fresh silver or maybe even some steel to take. Some good fun with a 6wt and some heavy Flouro tippet.

    Fishing through the first run with no tugs on the “bigblack” I decided to switch up to the “babyblack” at the beginning of the next run. Starting up top at the riffle is a fishy little slot, that in years past has produced some nice fish for me. First cast and strip through… babyblack get HAMMERED, but no hook up. Shit, there goes my chance, because it’s starting to get dark, real fast. Pull in the fly check the hook point, yup, still sharp. Toss it back in there… Gotchya! Wait, this isn’t the same fish, a good SRC, but not the same fish. I play the cutt up to the bank, take a look at the nice orange slashes and send him on his way.

    I turned and quickly tossed another cast into the slot. Not noticing, that during all the high sticking to get the cutt to the bank… I had managed to somehow loop the flyline around my backpack, hood, and neck. A fact that I instantly found out when my line went tight and all I saw was about 10 or so pounds of steel doing backflips down the run, with the line quickly burning around my neck until it cam to a hard stop. Cutting off my air for longer than I felt comfortable not breathing. Pulling the rod to the side to try to get some slack back from the fish, gave me just enough time to yank my line over my head and free it from under my hood. In the process dunking my new oiled AATF hat in the drink. Shit… But I got the f**ker now!! He quickly took that slack, gave me a couple more crazed flips and then the line went limp. Damn…

    Just as well, this rain sucks, and where is the trail??
     
  2. Rob Zelk

    Rob Zelk I swing, therefore i am.

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    Good Show man!! That is a day to remember... I can see it play out in my head... haha Too bad there was no video. Sucks you didn't land it, I hate it when they get away.
     
  3. obiwankanobi

    obiwankanobi Active Member

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    Don't worry Backyard, if you fished near the AATF I will be near there tomorrow seeking the "OJ Simpson" of the river that tried to do you in.
     
  4. Man, That is the good the bad and the .....lost hat. The revenge of the steelies is amazing. I'll bet that he had a bunch of other steelies in the bleachers rooting him on.
    F.
    Your worst day fishing is better than your best day not fishing.....at least for me!
     
  5. Jake Bannon

    Jake Bannon nymphs for steelhead....

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    Man I enjoyed reading that, I could just feel the intensity and as said I could just play it in my head. Sucks you had to lose him but at least you had some action.

    Jake
     
  6. HogWrangler

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    Awesome!
     
  7. spanishfly

    spanishfly Steelberg

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    Not even a reach around?
     
  8. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

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    tit for tat, livn on the edge!
    i can see the obit now....
    RIP ..... here lies Backyard was a damn fine fisherman
    until a fish lynched his ass

    but the truth be told....... fess up you perv!

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  9. O' No he didn't.................:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:


    O' but he did!
     
  10. Mike Wade

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    I not only enjoyed reading this, but beint 62 years old , I saw myself on a number of occasions doing something similar. Thanks for the report.
     
  11. knothead

    knothead Banned or Parked

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    Now that there is funny. Laughed my ass off.
     
  12. Matt Burke

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    Sweet story you fishy bastard!
     
  13. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Poetic justice slips through the fickle fingers of fate once more.:rofl: That fish almost had you "yarded in."
     
  14. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    Did you find that in the same lovely place you discovered "touron"?

    sweet story Yard!
     
  15. Matt Burke

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  16. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    That is a good story. Would like to see the movie.
    Good show.
     
  17. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Pay backs from the fish are sweet.
     
  18. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    If you had caught him, what would you have done with him?

    Fishing would be very interesting if there was a 1/20 chance the fish could kill you...
     
  19. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    HAhahahah! Coolhand Luke meets his match, almost.
    Sounds like they were tag-teamin' you Yard, that sneaky cutthroat (somehow that name sounds approprate) was just settin' ya up for the steelhead to finish you off!

    Beware Yard........beware!! they know who you are.....whoooooooooo:eek:


    LB
     
  20. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    wait dollies down there actually eat humpy eggs? Awesome, wish they did that here! If pinks are agressive take off your flesh fly (they seem to love those) and fish a micro egg pattern and make sure not to swing it, it'll go right through the pinks.

    Anyway great story man! I miss steelhead
     

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