Has anyone caught a steelhead on the Samish River?

Norme

DM is a D bag
#1
I'm driving down to the Samish River on Tuesday and was wondering if I should even bother. I know of some once good steelhead runs so I'm going to put sometime on the river/stream and see what I end up with. What should I expect?
 
#2
I would be surprised if you yanked a steel outta there. They are there, just from what i understand, very scarce. There is a picture floating around on the internet i saw of a guy holding like a 24lb. buck just below hwy 9 bridge in a section of river like 18" deep and pissable from shore to shore. Let us know how it goes!
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#3
Read that thread that hedburner put out here. He said that the river was swollen from all the meltoff and what rain you all had. Just a couple of posts down from this one. Well it was before this one made it to the top.

Jim
 
#4
I would characterize the Samish as being tiny, crowded with gear guys (it is much better for a jig and float than a fly setup), and breakins common.

Big fish do pass through there at times of the year but it isn't that great for the 55 other weeks.

The Samish is blown out A LOT as well.

Definately not good river if you have to drive a long ways.
 

Norme

DM is a D bag
#5
I know it's blown out right now but I will hit it when the water drops, I know where to go and I have an area picked out where no gear fisherman will be. I will let you guys know how it goes.
 

Josh

dead in the water
#6
What sucks is that the Samish could be a poster child for a "once great" river that has turned to shit. But I guess you can say that about a lot of rivers around the NW.
 
#7
What sucks is that the Samish could be a poster child for a "once great" river that has turned to shit. But I guess you can say that about a lot of rivers around the NW.
Yep. One of the premier small-water SH streams once upon a time. The area around 99 and Steelhead Ln lays out really nice but like countless others, this place is missing one small important detail. It's a shame but then again this sob story has been beat to death, especially around here.

Years ago it was fun pitching spoons for silvers, and a buddy of mine did pretty well on cutts out in the fields. But anymore it's a hawgquest in the mud game.....4/0 hook, big ol' glob and pull hard! (Puts Whatcom Cr Estruary to shame) :hmmm:
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#8
Yep. One of the premier small-water SH streams once upon a time. The area around 99 and Steelhead Ln lays out really nice but like countless others, this place is missing one small important detail. It's a shame but then again this sob story has been beat to death, especially around here.

Years ago it was fun pitching spoons for silvers, and a buddy of mine did pretty well on cutts out in the fields. But anymore it's a hawgquest in the mud game.....4/0 hook, big ol' glob and pull hard! (Puts Whatcom Cr Estruary to shame) :hmmm:
I've been at the Mouth one time and once was enough. Way to many people fishing that don't have a clue what fishing is all about.

Plus I've fished the middle a few times and once with Hedburner. He's got lots of accesses in his head. Almost as many as I do/did.

Jim
 

FT

Active Member
#14
If you're willing to walk 400 yds or more, there is lots of places to fish the Samish with little or no other fishermen around. If you don't want to or aren't willing to walk at least 400 yds, don't bother since you will be surrounded by gear fishermen. But then again, I've caught steelhead on swung flies in the Samish with a switch rod right behind guys fishing with casting and spinning rods with plugs, row, sandshrimp, spinners, corkies, etc. It's just a lot more enjoyable to take the walk and get away from the crowds. Funny though, I've only caught wild steelhead in the Samish.
 

Smalma

Active Member
#15
The Samish was not planted with hatchery fish in 2007 (2 salts due back this winter); see -

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/harvest/07-08/smolts.htm

There should be a handful of 3-salt hatchery fish. As mentioned the Samish does have a reasonable wild run. As I recall the wild escapement goal is 700 fish with recent escapements in the 500 to 1000 fish range. Its wild fish tend to be a little earlier than most of those from north sound rivers.

Tight lines
curt