First Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Cactus, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Cactus

    Cactus Dana Miller

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    I caught my first steelhead yesterday. I was fishing the upper Klickitat and I hooked her swinging a #4 Skunk pattern. She was an approx. 8 pounds wild fish. I got both hands on her but she broke my leader as I tried to get my camera out so no pics.:( This was my first time steelheading so I feel pretty good about the catch... I probably only had to cast about 500 times to hook one!:D

    The river was pretty high but the color wasn't bad, it was my first time on the Klickatat... what a gorgeous river and valley! It was a hot day, 100 degrees +/- so it was nice to wade in the cold water.
     
  2. Ed Owens

    Ed Owens Carpe diem!

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    Congrats. "Fish of a thousand casts" and you got one in 500, you're ahead of the curve!
     
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    One trip and one steelhead. You are batting 100%! Quit while you are ahead it only goes down hill from there. :)

    Dave
     
  4. Thomas Mitchell

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    Nice job! Your first steelhead is a wild fish caught swinging a classic pattern... Couldn't get much better.
     
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    Dustin Bise Active Member

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    would a 20 lb wild on a bead be better or worse?
     
  6. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Not better, not worse, just different. Every thread need not go to swing v nymph, bead v fly. Great first outing, great story, great to get yourself hooked on steelhead and here is to hoping your catching streak continues.
     
  7. Thomas Mitchell

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    Dustin, it would have been better to leave Cactus' thread to Cactus' great experience, but since you asked, my opinion is that it depends on the goals of the person who caught it.

    What's better, a huge bull elk from 300yds with a modern big game rifle or an average blacktail buck stalked to 30yds and shot with a recurve bow?

    What's better, successfully top roping 5.13 or a free solo of a 200ft 5.6 trad route?

    Same answer in all cases, "It depends".
     
  8. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

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    i wasnt trying to go there ed, i was just pondering what fish might top that experience for me. I amm right there with the OP, my first steel came from the klick last summer and was about the same size.

    and i gotta go with toproping. freesoloing is to me very irresponsible and the rewards are far less then the risks. better yet would be clean on sight of a 5.10 trad route.
     
  9. Thomas Mitchell

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    There 'ya go... Peter Croft would probably have given a different answer. Different strokes and all that.
     
  10. Rob Allen

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    much worse!
     
  11. Panhandle

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    Dustin, you work really hard to rationalize your nymphing, and yes, it would be worse. Ever caught a steelhead on the swing? Is so, you would know why.
     
  12. Dustin Bise

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    nope its in the works though. tried real hard on my last trip to the klickitat. hooked a couple swinging on the met this winter. Please just relax, this thread is being hijacked and that wasnt my intent.

    cactus, if you get a good grip on the tail and roll the fish over to its side it should calm down long enough to manage a picture (at least thats how i was able to) and it allows you to keep its head in the water. Ill have a net for my next steelhead, but it is a really cool experiences to land one without a net!
     
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    Pan- I've done both, and don't agree with your sentiments at all. Once one gets a spey outfit balanced to their liking it's pretty automatic; and I've found that nymphing is much more hands on type work, and tedious than swinging. But that's me, and I'm just one dickhead with an opinion...
     
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    Congrats Cactus. That fish should have been hot...I hope she was. Those wild hens usually provide lots of air-time along with a couple good runs at least. Suspect it was memorable in more ways than the obvious.
     
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    Cactus Dana Miller

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    She gave 4 big jumps and one good run. Those jumps were really cool... despite the nerves I even remembered to "bow" to her!