1000 casts my A$$!!!

#1
can't believe you guys feel comfortable lying about steelhead... I'm well over my 1000 casts already and haven't got one, maybe a bite but still haven't decided if that was really a hit or my mind REALLY wanting it to be.
no but seriously i just purchased my first spey and i'm having a blast with it, now if i could only find this mythical fish!!!
 

BDD

Active Member
#2
All it takes is one cast in the right spot at the right time. Under good conditions, rested, unmolested, wild steelhead are pretty easy to catch. Problems is there are dang few of them left that don't get pounded by anglers and boats day in and day out.

Keep casting...you keep swinging that fly in the right water and eventually you'll hook up.
 

Cruik

Active Member
#3
Under good conditions, rested, unmolested, wild steelhead are pretty easy to catch. Problems is there are dang few of them left that don't get pounded by anglers and boats day in and day out.
Not too many wild summer steelhead left in the Stilly, though. Assuming you're fishing the stilly (I see you live in Arlington). The deer creek stock is in bad shape. I totally agree about the importance of finding virgin water.

They still put a decent amount of hatchery fish in the Stillaguamish (75k smolts in the NF), but escapement is real low. Most people who are good at fly fishing on the swing (not me) are good at quickly skipping over water that doesn't hold fish at current flows, or isn't conducive to fishing on the swing. Just keep moving. If you hit tons of different spots you'll eventually nab one, and you'll know what to look for in a spot next time.
 
#6
This forum is ripe with people who over think steelhead. "help cathing steelhead thread" is an example of this. The steelhead will come to you. There is a certain touch to it. Some people are fishy, others are not. Gain confidence with a certain tip and weight of fly, especially with winter runs. You will feel it when you are in the zone. Summers, not so much because the water is typically warmer and you don't necessarily have to put it in their face. Keep moving, cover water, be confident in your casting and fishing. One thing that helped me catch more steelhead this winter is to not waste time fishing un-fishy water, or water that is hard to swing. Stay away from technical water at first. Hit the glides man.
 

Dan Cuomo

Active Member
#7
Less pressured water did the trick for me. After too many trips to the Kalama, with no fish caught and getting low-holed repeatedly, I began driving the additional miles out to the OP. Combine that with the decision to learn as much as I could about one river, drive greater distances and hike a bit farther from the road, seek out the more fishy water - and if if looks good and doesn't produce after 3 or 4 visits then consider whether or not it's worth the time and effort - and keep moving, and I began to pick up fish. Toward the end of the winter I was getting at least a pull or two almost every trip, and bringing one to hand about every other trip. See my thread "Steelheaders Anonymous," for a bit of a send-up of my early experiences and first fish if you need something to keep you going. If you ever want to take a run out to the OP, pm me and we'll see what we can do. Good luck. It WILL happen!
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#8
Troutsniffer,

It's all about the decimal point. Whoever told you got it wrong, or you misunderstood. Steelhead are the fish of 10,000 casts, not 1,000. Perhaps this will help you. And what makes you think you're going to catch a myth, anyway? You're about as likely to catch a mermaid, and that would be, well, that's not really the point of this thread, is it?

The upshot is that it's easier to learn to fish for and catch steelhead when steelhead are abundant. Given their present scarcity, the learning curve is less steep. Fortunately you have access to all kinds of information, like this forum, to help steepen that curve, and you'll catch a steelhead just as soon as you find one.

Sg
 
#9
that's been my biggest thing so far is to cover water and once the holes been fished top to bottom, find another. I know it will come (hell it's only june and this IS my first time targeting them with the spey to boot) ill just have to split the steelhead days up with some lake "confidence" fishing to get something on my line. thanks for all the advice
 

skyrise

Active Member
#10
a trick i like to play is forget steelhead and start trout fishing in steelhead waters.
fish the trouty spots along with the steely spots, like your really looking for a nice trout so to speak.
this has kept my mind from over thinking and just slow down and looking at the water. like trying to see where a hatch is kinda. weird i know, but it keeps me interested in the game.
 
#13
that's been my biggest thing so far is to cover water and once the holes been fished top to bottom, find another. I know it will come (hell it's only june and this IS my first time targeting them with the spey to boot) ill just have to split the steelhead days up with some lake "confidence" fishing to get something on my line. thanks for all the advice
Covering water is great, but don't be afraid to go back through a second or even third time. I find that while on foot, good swinging water can be few and far between, so instead of hiking my tail off all day long, I will work good water a couple of times before moving. Change flies, color, size, speed, whatever, just give the fish a second chance to grab your fly. You will be surprised what you missed the first time.
 
#14
oh i've been THOROUGH before i've moved multiple casts of multiple distances before i take my few steps down i know i'll get one soon im a bit early still and not in the best water for the numbers of steelies but it's not too crowded ever so i like it.
 

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#15
A no is still an answer.. a lot of angers are convinced that they couldn't be in the wrong spot, which makes them harder to teach, so they miss the message..

If you are legitimately making over 1k casts and aren't hooking up, I would guess you are standing in the wrong spots while casting. Hopefully this message doesn't come across too asshole-like. It is meant to be introspective, hopefully..