30 lb steelhead on the hoh

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
my effin head is spinning man
herl, is this what they call an event horizon?

There's a black hole around here somewhere, I feel it...
 
you got it buddy. I think it means our rivers get an influx of wild steelhead from a parallel universe. Here's hoping they don't pollute the gene pool..
 
I'm new to this site. Iv'e been reading all this and it is like talking about religon.[ that's a can of worms] I think you all have missed the point. He did nothing wrong..... all legel!!!!!!!!!3
I just hope I don't do anything wrong. I'd be stoned.
If you don't like the laws then change the laws don't blame the act!!!
Thanks John
P.S. I do caught and release but that is my religon but if I want to keep a fish I will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Jergens

AKA Joe Willauer
I'm new to this site. Iv'e been reading all this and it is like talking about religon.[ that's a can of worms] I think you all have missed the point. He did nothing wrong..... all legel!!!!!!!!!3
I just hope I don't do anything wrong. I'd be stoned.
If you don't like the laws then change the laws don't blame the act!!!
Thanks John
P.S. I do caught and release but that is my religon but if I want to keep a fish I will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is a difference between legal and ethical, nobody is questioning the legality of the situation.
 

Ringlee

Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
I'm new to this site. Iv'e been reading all this and it is like talking about religon.[ that's a can of worms] I think you all have missed the point. He did nothing wrong..... all legel!!!!!!!!!3
I just hope I don't do anything wrong. I'd be stoned.
If you don't like the laws then change the laws don't blame the act!!!
Thanks John
P.S. I do caught and release but that is my religon but if I want to keep a fish I will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Trying to fan the flame...:mad:

You have missed the point... It's not just this fish, its the entire run of Hoh river Steelhead.
Look how WDFW has managed every other steelhead run. ENDANGERED Species.
 
Another example of a big Steelhead being handled poorly. I read some place this guy is a guide- hope that he doesnt teach his clients his techniques-

http://picasaweb.google.com/nicholasaenglish/BigSteelheadPics#
Yikes, that's a LOT of photos and some ridiculous handling. Apparently he's a new guide and worked the summer in AK (quick google):

http://www.riverrunsrods.com/fishing/showthread.php?t=3505

He of course needed to get the glory shot on Simms website:

http://www.simmsfishing.com/site/nicholas_e.html

I'll be sure to put the name Nicholas English in my mental Rolodex as someone never to hire or recommend up there.
 

Jefffly

The more we know, the less we can learn!
Sorry guys Im not gonna complain about this fish until they pull the nets out of the river!
even if I dont agree with killing it!
 
Another way of looking at it; He'll never top it, it's all anti-climatic from here on out. Like my friend who caught a 21 lb. fish for his 1st steelhead, in '68. Never has been able to top it, can't get excited about 'em. Karma is a powerful force!
 

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
cracks me up, that's so true.
my very first jump in '79 I had a barber pole streamer, barely got the reserve deployed in time to save my ass...one more jump, an uneventful one, and I gave up skydiving.:hmmm:maybe I should be grateful I haven't caught the monster ego fish, so I still have to keep fishing.
it IS the journey, after all, that's so sweet! Good to think about
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
I resisted passing judgement because after catching a fish like that I'm sure I'd be freaking out and not thinking strait. The alleged story tells of a longish battle, a gill bleeder but the photos show a lip hooked fish. I just had a friend send me another version on a small social group posting that I'm a member of and there is a bit more info for me to digest. Take a look at the photos, but also the photo titles. You can caption or title a photo how you wish. In this case, whomever took the photos, added titles or whatever did not cover their tracks and that is what just made me puke a little bit again. I know no one involved in this story, but I'm liking the story a bit less now...

Photo 1 of my attachment is numbered (automatically by your digital camera) but the number remains after the title "Fish On" is added. Please note it is photo #67. We go through the series of photos in numerical succession, of course with many photos not inculded (they will appear like those from the massive Kispiox buck at some later date I'm sure). My point, which many have said, but now I've seen the digital photo labels...photo #93 entitled "Alas Bleeding". That is right, no less than 26 photos were taken if #67 was the very first and #93 the very last. No less than 15 of those photos are of the fish out of the water (see photo #78 entitled "Redo", implying that it was at least not the first photo of the fish out of water). Blood does not appear in any photos up to #87 entitled "What A Fish" but there is blood in #93 "Alas Bleeding".

Because it would be legal to do so, I may have kept such a fish...I don't know and flame me if you wish. I've caught a few steelhead fishing casting gear and exactly one (hatchery) on a fly. I aspire to release all wild steelhead and fill the table as needed with hatchery fish that are available. I would hope to release it unharmed prior to the bloody photo #93 and hopefully the fish would have spawned great lines of champions for furture tests of angling prowess. If "Alas Bleeding" would have been one of the first photos of the series I might be less upset about the whole mess because it might make more sense in what I've read.

I apologize for now taking a passing judgement position, but previous evidence had not convinced me. What fool would edit photo titles and not take the time to change the numbers so that all that appeared were your titles? Same group that takes a monster wild buck steelhead from the Hoh.

I just puked again.
 

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