5 days, 60 hours, 2 grabs, and an Addict created

#16
I think the hunt and energy expended searching for steelhead, along with the absolute addiction that is spey casting itself that sets it apart from big lings.

Hooking a monster ling and having to taco a 10 wt just to turn it before it makes its way back into the rocks is freaking awesome, don't get me wrong, but throwing 30' of T14 and a 10" fly is not fun.... at all.

I will say that having an 18" cutthroat explode through the surface, crushing a surface popper on a beach will always be one of my favorite experiences. One that still keeps me up at night in anticipation the night before I hit the beach. Swinging up a steelhead is the first thing that has trumped that experience for me. But that's just me....

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#18
I think the hunt and energy expended searching for steelhead, along with the absolute addiction that is spey casting itself that sets it apart from big lings...

...throwing 30' of T14 and a 10" fly is not fun
I totally understand this perspective. If I'm gonna be out all day not catching fish, there's no fish I'd rather not be catching than steelhead. I can spend hours on end with nary a tug and somehow not feel disappointed or that I could have had more fun spending the time doing something else. On the other hand, if I spend all day at the jetty and don't catch anything I usually feel pretty grouchy by the end of the day.
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#25
It was a tough year for most up North. Tough to take that much time and money for a couple of fish. The reports I heard from others in camp were poor for the most part. They essentially mirror your catch reports of well less than a fish per day. Of course you still have the awesome moose signs!

Go Sox,
cds
 
#26
The other guys I spoke with all said the same thing, tough year. Oh well, it was still an awesome trip, one that I'll be doing again next year. At least I've got plenty of flies tied.... I think I brought about 10 dozen (tying all summer in preparation can get a little out of hand) and probably fished 10 patterns? In reality I only needed to fish 1 pattern the entire week, but where's the fun in that?

Hearing that Speyco scream with a fish running was awesome, I can't get the memory out of my head.

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golfman65

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#27
gotta pay your dues up there!!! Not like fishing bars down here...you either learn or you leave saying it's not worth the dough!!! I had two great teachers and it still a couple + years for me to slowly start to understand..

Tough year in that lost all mine on the dry..not so tough on the wet and just about all the fish I saw were big boys...one day I hope to have a place there!!! So long to wait and then "poof" it's gone...
smither big buc...JPG
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#28
Golfman65,

I'm not sure what you mean. BC steelhead are like steelhead anywhere I've fished for them in terms of they like the same things as regards water depth, velocity, substrate, and cover. I'm not experienced enough to know for fact, but it seems like they will rise to the surface in colder water temperatures than they will here.

Unfortunately, most of the fish I saw were little to average size boys and girls, except for three, hooked by fishing partners, not me.

Anyway, I'm not aware of any mysterious differences. Paying one's dues applies to any river as far as I know.

Sg
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#29
Golfy,

Sorry to hear you couldn't keep them stuck up top. Fortunately, I kept a couple of the dry fly fish buttoned. My landing percentage on all fish was way up from last year (not all that difficult as you saw). Anyhow, I think I saw you coming back as I headed up on Sat. Scaddon in the back of a pick up truck right?

Canadians love Whiskey.

Go Sox,
cds
 
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golfman65

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#30
Golfy,

Sorry to hear you couldn't keep them stuck up top. Fortunately, I kept a couple of the dry fly fish buttoned. My landing percentage on all fish was way up from last year (not all that difficult as you saw). Anyhow, I think I saw you coming back as I headed up on Sat. Scaddon in the back of a pick up truck right?

Canadians love Whiskey.

Go Sox,
cds
that was me....got there and it was 81* then the temp dropped on monday and it was cooler as the week went on...started to clear as well and on the last day I got my first bright fish..all the others had been in the river a bit...that said, that buck took off down river jumping all the way a hundred plus yards..one of the coolest fish I've gotten, an old warrior..

A bud was having better luck then me with the dry, especially by the end of the week...mine were taking and not budging...just holding in the same spot...befuddled me as I couldn't get a hook set worth a damn...right on CS for getting them on the dry!!

Salmo for a guy who's been all and done all I'm surprised...or maybe not..by your comment...I find steelhead to be very different from river to river...Up there they do something I've never seen anywhere else..and compared to other steelhead in other rivers..if you don't get it quick you won't...Ahhh but I regress, I honestly have tried to stay off and out of all this..so never mind, I'm gone!!