friggin steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Creatch'r, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. jcalderon

    jcalderon Member

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    Look, I am no expert, I have never felt that "magical" tug, seen through a pectoral fin, or released a native, or hatchery fish for that matter. I may be speaking out of my ass here, but I cant imagine it is worth standing in the freezing cold, spending money on gas, and wasting hours on end fishing on our "S" rivers. I can however refer you to a killer video on fishing our wonderfull S rivers and how to prepare to fish them with confidence.

    http://www.break.com/usercontent/2008/8/Painful-Nutshot-556433.html
     
  2. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    :thumb:killer video .................GD............killer video.........:thumb:


    What a dum fk.............
     
  3. sroffe

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    Sean,

    You're closer to catching a steelhead on a fly than me. It's been a half hearted effort for me on a fly.

    I chuckled when it was suggested not to date, women are no help. My wife asked what's so funny, and I explained.

    Robyn: "What if you're already married?"

    Sam: "At least I'm not dating." :)

    Beside, there are some nice women out there that like to fish.:thumb:

    They might be harder to come by that steelhead.

    Sam
     
  4. Plecoptera

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    1) A boat would def increase the amount of quality un-pressured water you can fish.
    2) A two hander will not catch more steelhead. This has been debated and the consensus is that its all a matter of personal preference.

    With that said, you have picked some very difficult times to get into steelhead fishing. I love steelhead fishing as much as the next guy, but in the last few years I've had a hard time talking myself into standing in icy cold waters all day on the slim chance that i might feel something on the end of my line. I honestly can think of a lot better things to do with my time. When I need my steelhead fix, there are places I go, all of which are nowhere near the puget sound.
     
  5. Rob Zelk

    Rob Zelk I swing, therefore i am.

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    #1 Don't drink beer and fish if you are really serious about it; alcohol while fishing, or doing anything of importance, affects your motor funtions, your reaction time, and reasoning. A lot of folks think it goes hand in hand, but the best steelheaders do not drink and fish. Yep, same goes for the bob marley special guys... Trust me I've experienced both first hand, and it took me years to figure out I'm way more effective without the two. It took a while to come to grips with that one. Denial baby! Yes some of you are in denial! :) :)

    #2 A ton of guys who can cast a spey cast too far for the water they're fishing. My friend's best season ever on our s rivers was achieved with a single hander. He has never duplicated that season even though he's a spey extraordinaire. Also, Harry Lemire, who pretty much brought the spey over seas to the USA, primarly uses a single hander now days.

    #3 Confidence is something you have to have. You have to believe.
     
  6. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    dude there just aren't that many steelhead, don't worry about it I know a guy who fished he skagit for 2 years three days a week to land a fish
     
  7. Panhandle

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    It's frustrating, especially when you're use to catching fish. Understand that you will catch one. Something I've learned about steelheading is that I thought I knew how to read water...WRONG! Your vision has to change in terms of what is steelhead water. Ya, there is classic water, but there is also a massive amount of water that your eye is not trained for. You must not look only at what looks like "fishy water," but also at the ambiguous spots steelhead tend to hold, i.e. subsurface ledge rock for example. You may look at a piece of water and say, "neh, no character." Look closer. The surface may not look unique, but 2 ft under water there may be a flume and rock structure that fish love to hide in and seek safety. I keep learning, per river. I can't tell you how many times I've passed up a piece of water and then had someone point out something in that piece of water I had never seen before. Then you look at it, your eyes readjust, and you say, "How did I never see that?" Keep at it dude. Remember why you're there, the beauty of the experience, and the steelhead gods will reward you. Getting a good guide is really worth the money to show you what I'm talking about, above, and to pop your cherry.
     
  8. sashjo

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    Lots of good advice. The first few years are tough. It gets a lot easier but never easy except maybe on the OP.:)
     
  9. troutpocket

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    My brief steelheading career lasted from September 2002 – March 2003. This was pre- marriage/mortgage when my time and money were my own. During that window I spent 30+ days on the water swinging for steel on various S rivers and the OP, invested in two guide trips, a couple of rods and reels (single hand 8 weights), custom lines, called in sick to fish weekdays, read several books, and fished with members of this board who caught steelhead. I managed 3 steelhead (none on the guided days), a half dozen bulls, and a handful of searun cutthroat in that time. Since then, I can only imagine there are fewer fish to be caught, but it can be done. Spend some $$ on the best guide on your favorite river. You’ll get your swagger back.
     
  10. Tyler Speir

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    The steelhead might just be scared of that cannon of a rod your using.
     
  11. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    For one thing, Sparks is way better than Tilt. :rofl: Find a way to float the river. You'll find the "not so visable from the road" spots that you can hike into. If possible, float it with a guide. Brian or one of the other cats at AATF would be my choice if they aren't booked already. Or, on the cheap, you can drop 50 bucks on an old canoe or rent or borrow one and float it yourself.

    Dude, RATT was never rad. They always have and always will suck. :rofl:
     
  12. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Mr. Zelk is correct. Don't drink while fishing.

    I was refering in beers ability to help you gain favor with older or better fishermen. In fact, the best strategy would be to loosen them up a bit and drink cokes so that you can remember any beans that they spill. Rob is correct, this strategy should be employed away from the river.

    Tek answers tomorrow,
    cds
     
  13. halibut

    halibut Banned or Parked

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    What is this band "rat"? I know almost all bands and never heard of such a band. There was a sorry assed hair band about as bad a band as "poison" named "Ratt" that opened for Motley Crue, but you wouldnt be mentioning them unless you were talking about one of the worst bands ever, not a "rad" band.
     
  14. Buck

    Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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    Ratt wasn't that bad. Either was Motley Crew. IMO
    Anyway, Sean, I'm in the OP now with the single and the double...nothing but whities too. I did talk with a guy who caught a native today, I hope he released it. If your in your first year fishing for steel, your right on track.
    Good Luck and tight lines.
    Also, same thing here, the nets have bben in for way to long.
    Buck.
     
  15. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    A. This year's hatchery returns are piss poor. The wild fish are just starting and I haven't seen anything to indicate they're doing much better.
    B. I'd make sure I'm fishing the right water and covering it effectively before buying a boat. If you're fishing shit water now, you'll just fish more shit water with a boat.

    C. Don't assume that everyone else on the water knows what they're doing.