Great day in E. Wash

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Ben Swaner, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    colored up i've seen plenty (upper snake river system, never very bright) but it's the grayish tint on the lower half and fins (i think there is yet another term for that, it refers to maximum darkening) that i haven't seen on a steelhead. did your august fish display that? i also haven't fished way upstream in the system, or tribs smaller than the grand ronde might it have anything to do with water temp? i've never fished temps below 39, except on landlocked streams, where rainbows don't exhibit that coloration till things start warming back up and at least some of their cousins are on redds. but, then, my experience with hatchery rainbows thankfully, has been limited, i live in montana :)
     
  2. kylesw

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    I don't know of any hatchery rainbows that get clipped in WA, so it's definitely a steelhead!
     
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    Soderqb New Member

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    Nice fish swandog!
     
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  4. JesseC

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    Assholes!
     
  5. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    I will be a bazillion dollars that the feesh in the picture is a GR fish. To the guy who caught it, nice work, anything hooked in 37 degree water is an accomplishment anyway you did it. As a hatch dog, I hope you kept it and enjoyed it as table fair.

    Now to question if that fish is spawning.....not by a few months. The bucks really color up on the GR, the hens tend to get a dark grey hue to them.

    you want to see a system who's fish color up early. Go fish the clearwater....
     
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  6. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Nope, the August fish were pretty white on the bottom. And, FWIW, they were from a West side river and a few days to a week (I suspect) from the salt water. Certainly not as colorful as the fellow above, but my point was color isn't particularly diagnostic of anything in steelhead (in my completely untrained opinion).

    I'm not sure about Temperature effect on color, since I would swear that unless fishing really close to end of the lifecycle (late March and on), the fish I catch generally look the same from about October onward. This true on the GR and on rivers well downstream (Umatilla, Touchet, Tucannon, Walla Walla, etc.) I could make stuff up, but honestly I have no idea why.
     
  7. Ben Swaner

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    Thanks Benny!
     
  8. Ben Swaner

    Ben Swaner Active Member

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    The steelhead just came out of the smoker and my wife and I are enjoying it as I type.
     
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    Ben Swaner Active Member

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    And no it's not a GR fish...
     
  10. Josh Stroud

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    Nice fish man.
     
  11. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    alrighty then.....where's it from
     
  12. rwbailey05

    rwbailey05 GO COUGS

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    One of those "T" rivers in the South Eastern section of our state. Just my guess
     
  13. Richard Torres

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    LOL.

    Regardless on where he caught it, it's his first catch which deserves congrats.

    Nice job Ben and welcome to the forum!
     
  14. fifafu

    fifafu Guest

    Ringold fish look like that.
    Nice job dude.