How's your summer steelhead season?

Panhandle

Active Member
#1
Mine ain't shit living in trout country, but my season is just around the corner. How's it been on the wetside? Yes, I'd like to see pictures!
 
#4
The Lower Columbia Tribs have been slow. Late Spring was pretty good, but the last month of low water has been difficult and native and hatchery escapement are on the low side. Still, we have been catching a few fish here and there. The Eastside fish are starting to move and their numbers seem to be on the side of the ten year average. I am looking forward to some rain and Fall.
 
#5
Fished the Cowlets for 4 days a month ago, with nothing but some smolt and small trout. Been hitting the Green 1 day a week for the last 4 weeks. I had one roll last Thursday, but no pull. The water is getting very low and clear.
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#6
Leland, that's ironic, in that I complain about being reliant/waiting on C-Water fish all summer and fuss about not being over there. Perhaps a good statement about the state of steelhead in Washington no less?
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#8
Summer Steelhead? Rain? Not sure I could even identify either of those rare items right now. You can almost add dungeness crab to that list too.
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#9
Leland, that's ironic, in that I complain about being reliant/waiting on C-Water fish all summer and fuss about not being over there. Perhaps a good statement about the state of steelhead in Washington no less?
It is isn't it? On both sides of the mountains, we look to mother C-Water in another state for the cure.

Leland.
 
#11
Went to the local hatchery today to see what had returned. In the past 5 weeks 26 steelhead have returned. Most with net marks. On the up side 2 of them were 3 salt fish
 

Paul Huffman

Driven by irrational exuberance.
#13
The Klickitat was running amazingly clear in early July. I had one break off due to a leader failure July 10. My leader on my 6 ft. sink tip had been getting short so I tied a perfection loop on the stub and looped on another length of Maxima. This loop connection got weak from my last thousand casts, so the fish parted it right at the bottom loop. All last season I lost fish on the Klickitat because of leader breaks. I went home and cleaned up my tip wallet, retying knots with knotsense.

Now the Klickitat is running way too muddy for me, although there were still a few fly anglers out this morning.
 

doublespey

Steelhead-a-holic
#15
Depends on where you're fishing. Since I've been fishing the Sound's "S" rivers, it's "S"ucked.

I hear it's been sporadically a bit better to the south on Columbia tribs and plan to check that out next Monday.

Summer Steelheading begins seriously for me in late August, about the time I start thinking of heading over the mountains to the dry side.

That's just how it is~ :beer1:

Brian