Winter Steelhead Time

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Derek Day, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Derek Day

    Derek Day Rockyday

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    Today I went out for my first day of the season chasing winter steelhead. Fished a local river which is known to put out a few fish. I got into the river about 3:00 this afternoon and decidecd to fish one of my favorite runs. I was using a Scandi head with a type III poly leader. I was swinging a #4 white bunny. I didn't feel like spooling up my Skagit or breaking out my T-tips yet.

    I fished through 70% of the run with one bump towards the top. I get to the sweet part of the run and I get a pluck and head shake. I figured it was a dolly and make the same cast again, and again, I get a pluck. I missed the fish and made the same cast again, this time I hold a loop and drop it when the fish hits. I feel the line go taught and sweep towards the bank. This time I stick the fish. Initially I thought, big dolly. I got a quick zip-zip off my reel and then it comes off and clears the water-- a nice 10-12 lb steelhead. An explitive may have left my mouth at this point. I was super suprised to hook a steelhead today, I really just wanted to get out on the water with steelhead in mind. Fog rolled in and the sun went down and I bushwhacked my way back to my car in the dark. The End.

    Thought I'd share.
     
  2. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    Awesome report.
     
  3. TD

    TD Active Member

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    Very cool. Glad to hear you had some luck.
     
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    Ha, Ha SWEET... Congrat"s!
     
  7. Hoopa

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    That is incentive!! Short, sweet story.
     
  8. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    Great report. I felt like saying expletives right along with you. At least you got the *tug*
     
  9. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    that report gave me a boner
     
  10. Buck

    Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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    Ya, squirt squirt...
     
  11. Tony James

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    Congrats! I like your report. It is always fascinating when the finneous ellufious so beautifully validates the effort, patience, perserverance, skill and tactics - well done. I think I'll join the chase tonight...
     
  12. Lincoln

    Lincoln Ramblin' Man

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    Dammit! Want!

    Also, nice job.
     
  13. wet line

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    This last bit of water has started the push it seems. The Snohomish systerm and Puyalup system are showing winter fish. Really surprising some early winter nates are showing up!

    Dave
     
  14. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

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    Glad you swung one up.:beer2:
     
  15. Ryan Nathe

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  16. tediousthumper

    tediousthumper Hello My name is Thad and Im addicted to flyfishin

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    From the looks of it so far, were going to have a great winter run! Knock! Knock!
     
  17. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Time to start. Nice report.

    Go Red Sox,
    cds
     
  18. Tracy Lauricella

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    I went out yesterday and today. No steelhead, but had a good time anyway.

    Yesterday was considerably colder than today:

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  19. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

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    Great!!! Always share we all need it
     
  20. speyforsteel

    speyforsteel Degenerate Caster

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    Hooked and lost one today on one of the S rivers- damn near tropical over here.
    The gear guys were doin pretty good there, all really bright fish.
    Doin some winter run fishing all this week and am enjoying the warmth