First Steelhead on the Fly

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Brian Bennett, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

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    I saw that fish bust loose, my amigo Casey from Colorado was fishing just below you guys. I had no control over that fish for a minute, I was lucky to get it back on the wheel.
     
  2. spanishfly

    spanishfly Steelberg

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    Congrats! Being a recent transplant as well I was lucky to tie into my first fly caught steelie last year. This had to be one of the most defining fishing experiences in my life. Keep up the hot streak:thumb
     
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    Where are you from in Colorado? I used to live in Boulder, used to guide for Front Range Anglers in South Boulder. Still don't understand how that fish busted off, I had my 6 weight Winston LT bent into the handle and the triple surgeons between the 8 pound maxima and what was left of the tapered leader I was fishing broke. Keeps you coming back I guess... Welcome to Washington!

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  4. Peter Pancho

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    Welcome to the Steelhead world!
    Steelhead to a flyfisher is like crack to a junkie!

    Was that an improper analogy?

    Great job and fish!

    Peter ><>

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  5. andrew

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    I want to be "junky"...:bawling
     
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    You might really think about quitting at this point--it can only go downhill.;)
     
  7. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats on the first fish. It only gets worse after that. I think that "out of water" rule is stupid anyways. These fish are alot tougher then people give them credit for.

    Yes, the majority of the trash is left by gear fisherman, and usually local ones at that. But for the amount of gear fisherman out there (compared to fly guys) it's a very small amount doing it. Just that small amount ruins it for everyone else. I always pack a trash bag with me when I'm fishing. Normally clean out quite a bit.
     
  8. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well Chad I was half right. ButI feel that even if it is a hatchery fish and you are going to release it,you still shouldn't take it out of the water. Rough handling is another way of harming the fish.

    But what the hey,who is going to listen to an old grumpy old man. :p

    Jim
     
  9. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett Because We All Live Downstream

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    No Way!

    I was in Gunbarrel for 7 years, shopped the other guys in town. I do miss the Reef, started fishing there in 98.
     
  10. MacRowdy

    MacRowdy Idaho Resident Craftsman/Artisan

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    Old man Jim, How about a warm glass of shut the hell up!? Freakin whistle blower Jim is at it again!



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  11. Luv2flyfish

    Luv2flyfish Another Flyfisherman

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    Congrats - thats a fine specimen for a first fish. Now all the fishless days and time spent wondering what it was that drove you to stand in a river and wave a stick have hopefully been answered and, more importantly, worth the wait.

    Its sure is fun, and its only gonna get worse.

    The Beginner's hole on the Kalama is a usual dumpster. You can go up just a tad farther, and pull into the hatchery hole. At first light the beginners is clogged with hardware slingers. Slip up just a little ways and you can usually get that run for a bit. The far side of the big rock is a sweet spot, as well as in front of it.

    Congrats on the Steelhead - nice fish!

    jay
     
  12. akflyrod

    akflyrod Banned or Parked

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    Good work on your first steelie! It really is amazing how hard it is to hook and land a steelie from the bank on a fly rod(under typical NW circumstances). I consider the times i have made it happen the most memorable in my fishing career. Man, the feeling you get is something else!
    I have fished hard in WA, OR, and AK over the past 10 years and my experience tells me that 99% of the litter i have seen on the banks is from locals.
    Some sort of "aint nobody gonna tell me how to treat my backyard" sort of mentality. Pathetic.
    BTW, trout fishing in the mat-su valley, ak is simply out of this world right now. So many huge, native bows. Hope everyone is having a good summer. akflyrod
     
  13. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p ;(

    The unknown poster:p
     
  14. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    1/2 right?? Nice try. Legally speaking, since you referred to the new regs and all, the pic is 100% fine, so you are 100% wrong, not 50%.

    :professor :p :p :+

    Now from a fly fishing 'ethical' perspective, you may be 1/2 right, but I bet most fly fisherman don't have a problem with a quick and tastefull photo of a hatchery steelhead - especially a person's first fish.

    Now admit it Jim, you are just jealous that you didn't catch it! LOL :p

    :beer2
    (I gotta be careful, old man knows where I live :eek )
     
  15. Steak Daddy

    Steak Daddy Steve Daley - West Seattle Denizen

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    Nice fish there Mr. Bennett!

    Let's go find some more...

    sd
    ptyd