Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by ChaseBallard, Feb 11, 2014.
I caught way more steelhead in way colder weather way closer to the ant hill. Top that.
Too many ants on the ant hill these days...
That thing has shoulders! Beautiful fish!
Sure, maybe the Drake and STS and all those other mags added to the pressure, but it was bound to happen, thats just the way it is. I don't particularly give a shit, I like reading the articles (the Doug Rose column last year comes to mind) and most of them don't point out spots or even specific rivers. Maybe the articles will bring more attention to the tribal fishing problems and wild steelhead retention issues out there.Who knows. Rivers and Wild Steelhead always need friends. Granted, I don't like seeing the Bobber Boyz Fleet roll through a prime lower Hoh run, but I can't do anything about it. It's a public resource, in a state with a shit load of people. That just means you have to walk farther, get up earlier etc.
Forgot to mention earlier thats a sweet chromer. Real nice job.
i don't know what everyone is so up in arms about. i roped like five there a couple days ago. sop wtf you don't like all of washington creepin round your crick. deal with it. we ain't going away. chase, nice fish. post that shit on morevacs site riptidefish.com, locations and all. then post that shit up on your blog. I'll give a facebook like on a sweet dumpling like that. tdope, i too love the drake, clyde is rad. don't give a shit bout crowds, cause my tech catches fish way more than the amateurs. chris b, why you gotta be such a buzzkill. i dig on prayer flags and echo rods.
The only people I believe on this site don't post about how much their "tech" catches fish and also those who are getting skunked consistently.
I could post that I have a foot long dong but it doesn't make it so.
It does if you say it three times fast in front of a mirror at midnight..... fifteen minutes to go. Wish me luck
Nice fish man!
What is this, amateur hour? Its all about those pokes, not likes sop!
come on now PT, the way you swagger round this joint I know you got a foot long dong.
Not everyone is stoked on a bite report especially the locals. Sure, this is a small part of it but it all adds up, and I bet everyone on here knows right where that is. Why do we fish? For the soul? if just for the photo then don't expect everyone to be stoked on your trip report.
I'm going to wade back in briefly in hopes this thread will die. And even if it doesn't, well, it should be said.
When I started naively swinging flies for steel, it took me two years to even hook my first fish. Shit was frustrating, hopeless at times. If I helped even one rookie fly angler overcome those feelings with a bit of hope, then I couldn't care less what haters think. That was my aim in posting.
If you recognize that spot from a picnic table and a few trees, then you are certainly already in the know. If you don't know, well that photo isn't helping you much other than saying hey there are some wild steelhead somewhere a week after a freshet in mid-February. Go figure.
Like someone said above, wild steelhead badly need all the allies they can get.
That "keep it secret, keep it safe" mentality isn't helping the native fish, and it doesn't help dudes like Daniel. (sorry man, easy example. Hope your first fish comes soon!) Though the silence from a lack of new fly anglers (and new advocates) might help a few tribal netters and logging companies.
In hopes of taking this offline, if anyone see's me on the river, I'd be happy to discuss further over a cold Rainier. I usually have a few extras in my pack.
Truth be told.
Like it... well done. (the original post and the follow-up).
neither is the crowding.
btw, nice fish and good report.