Big Steelhead Redux - Done Right This Time

#46
Brazda-

Thanks for the info, I guess maybe this buck could have been inflicted by the multiple explanations you provide. 9 out of 10 fish, that is much higher than I thought...

Do you guide much on the queets around this time each spring? I guide out of Ketchum, Idaho and understand the benefit to hiring a local knowledgeable guide. I may be interested in exploring the queets next spring if I can find a buddy to come with me. I'd like to learn that river from a master, it really intrigued me.
 

Brazda

Fly Fishing guide "The Bogy House" Lodge
#47
Yes I do Guide the Queets, Unfortunatly the thing is seldom in shape, the best steelheading on the coast can be had there if things are right.
The key is what is right!
 
#50
ThnkMcfly, do you work out of Lost River Outfitters? If so, I think I might have met you in February during a recent trip to Ketchum?

Dan- Nice fish for the missus! You got a keeper there!

Alot of folks taking the swing vs. nymphing as an either/or mentality when really it's both that work.
I learned this thanks to Brazda! It just depends on the water conditions, which dictate where the fish are at.
But when you are floating and covering water, it's so much more effective to have the rod in your hand
that matches the water you're on as you are on the move.

like mr. miyagi says - "wax on, wax off"

JD
 
#52
Rooster and Heffea! really and you guys gave me a hard time for the intertubers. Sweet fish! I wished I could have stayed longer! Tell the misses congrats rooster and I'll see you guys this summer. And brazda.......FML....is all I got to say. Some day....some day.


Will, relax....goosefraba. Go bitch slap the yuppy libral f#$k on pike street that is buying wild steelhead to impress his east coast transplant "holy'er than thou'" girlfriend into believing that he has a good sense of "natural" organic food availible in the norhtwest.
 

Bill Dodd

Bill's in a time out.
#53
Alpinetrout.
Any chance you might be able to hook me up with a link so I can read the Salmon and Trout handling rules myself.
Thanks for the helpful post..

Bill Dodd.

You've got it right. And contrary to popular opinion by those who place wild steelhead on a pedestal above all other fish, it also applies to hatchery steelhead, dolly varden/bull trout, and salmon.

SALMON and TROUT HANDLING RULES
FRESHWATER: “It is unlawful to totally remove salmon, steelhead, or Dolly Varden/Bull trout from the water if it is
unlawful to retain those fish, or if the angler subsequently releases the salmon, steelhead, Dolly Varden, or bull trout.”
MARINE AREAS 5 through 13: “It is unlawful to bring wild salmon or a species of salmon aboard a vessel if it is
unlawful to retain that salmon” (“aboard” means inside the gunwale of a vessel).
MARINE AREA 2-2: “It is unlawful to totally remove salmon from the water if it is illegal to retain those fish, except
anglers fishing from boats 30 feet or longer as listed on either their state or Coast Guard registration are exempt.”
 
#54
JD,

I actually guide for Silver Creek Outfitters. The guys at Lost River Outfitters are also good dudes so you didn't go wrong there. What rivers did you get the chance to fish?
 
#56
ThnkMcfly, do you work out of Lost River Outfitters? If so, I think I might have met you in February during a recent trip to Ketchum?

Dan- Nice fish for the missus! You got a keeper there!

Alot of folks taking the swing vs. nymphing as an either/or mentality when really it's both that work.
I learned this thanks to Brazda! It just depends on the water conditions, which dictate where the fish are at.
But when you are floating and covering water, it's so much more effective to have the rod in your hand
that matches the water you're on as you are on the move.

like mr. miyagi says - "wax on, wax off"

JD
JD, That is a fact!- and for those who can't or won't understand will continue too miss-out on all the fun. Thank you:thumb:
 

Bill Dodd

Bill's in a time out.
#57
A little help please, Can anyone tell me more about the Steelhead handling regulations please.

I have heard a bit about it on here, but I would like to hear or read about it myself.
Is this no lifting out of water REG for all WA waters?
Can anyone provide a link to the Reg? I have looked and can't seem to find the Reg.
Thanks for your time.

Bill Dodd.
 
#59
A little help please, Can anyone tell me more about the Steelhead hangling regulations please.

I have heard a bit about it on here, but I would like to hear or read about it myself.
Is this no lifting out of water REG for all WA waters?
Can anyone provide a link to the Reg? I have looked and can't seem to find the Reg.
Thanks for your time.

Bill Dodd.
Yes, the rule is in effect statewide.

Here's the link to the current sport fishing pamphlet:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regs_seasons.html

The link in on the right hand side of the page. The rule is on page 32.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#60
Bill, Alpine's post appears to be copied from the regs, but here is the link:
(see last page of this link) http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/2008/08_regs_1.pdf You can also find it on pg 32 of the 08-09 Regs Phamphlet.

Yes, it applies to the whole state so any steelhead, salmon, dolly/bull that won't/can't be kept can not be lifted totally out of the water. As Alpine said, this means hatchery fish too, not just wild fish. Methow was reminding everybody of this during the steelhead season up there this year.

With reguard to steelhead, any sea-run rainbow 20" or longer is legally a steelhead. I'd be careful lifting 'rainbows' over 20" out of any body of water that has anadromous fish because WDFW may consider it a steelhead. Translation: be careful with big Yakima rainbow hero shots...