Where to start for a beggining steelheader?

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  1. fly15

    fly15 New Member

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    I can not drive yet so i don't get a whole lot of fishing
    time and i would like to know wich rivers have the larggest number of steelies in them and where to fish on these rivers. I started fly fishing 3 years ago and really enjoy
    it i catch and release every thing and would like a river to
    start fishing and learn how to read the water and also learn a
    few tricks of the trade. Thanks for your time any information
    would be helpful.Oh i have been following this site for the last
    three weeks and really enjoy reading the storys and learning about all the diffrent bodies of water in this state.


    P.S I have a little experience fly fishing for trout but obviously
    don't have a drift boat so hopefully i can wade partialy in some
    of these rivers.THANKS
     
  2. skeith5

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    You might want to check the department of fish and wildlife's website. They list the steelhead harvest on all of the rivers and which months. Also whether it is summer or winter run. http://www.wa.gov/wdfw/fish/harvest/harvest.htm is where you want to go. What part of the state are you in? I am going to Snoqualmie on Saturday morning, probably stop off at lake Samammish as well. The more the merrier.
     
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    I live in tacoma so all the quality water is at least an hours drive
    away unfortinatly.I fished the snoqualmie ounce on the south fork and couldn't find any fish.Whats the best exit to take for
    access at a few trout.
     
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    Hey there,
    I also live in Tacoma, and Flaming Geyser State Park on the Green River is less than 30 minutes from my doorstep. It holds a fair number of Steelies as from what I can tell from tracking the reports via the News Tribune. I recently took my first fish there. The water is low so dead-drift a stonefly nymph through the deep pockets(nearer deep pools)and set the hook even if you imagined your line may have twitched,jerked,stopped,or changed direction.Basically it's textbook nymping for trout........ and trust me, the lil' smolt's "take" looks the same as a Steelies "take" so don't get caught off gaurd. This weekend should be good. The weather looking like it's gonna suck(keeping the recreationists indoors) and the red hot saltwater salmon fishery will keep the undedicated miles from the best holes.
    Anyway, hope this helps.
    Tight lines,
    Larry
     
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    Larry,

    If you would ever like to go let me know. I don't know the green very well and am dying to bring a steelhead to a fly.

    Scott
    scott.keith@wamu.net

    I'm in Fed Way
     

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