How Many Winter-Run Steelhead???

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Ben Waldschmidt, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. rick matney

    rick matney Active Member

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    Not enough! bawling:
     
  2. Steelie Mike

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  3. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Lemme see... 15-20? times, 11 fish to hand... Considering I went from Oct through mid Jan without a fish, I ended up finishing strong...
     
  4. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    I'd also be curious to see how many people were floating or using sleds vs. walk and wading.

    Should there be a higher success rate on the former?
     
  5. Courtesy Flush

    Courtesy Flush aka Sean

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    Since the New Year, 11 days on the Skagit and Sauk. Walk and wade only with my single hander...... 0 steelhead.

    But that'll change this weekend. I can feel it. It's gonna happen. Yes it will.
     
  6. James Waggoner

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    15-20 trips not counting my one hour micro excursions to the local river before or after work. Been pretty ok this winter, going 7 for 8 and having caught a nice 18# Sol Duc Native was definitely the highlight. I spent about 1/2 those trips in Oregon waters.

    James.
     
  7. Steelie Mike

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    What the hell are you talking about?

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    Granted it was not a winter fish.
     
  8. KerryS

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  9. TexBC

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    Been out chasing winter steel about 6 times up here in BC on the Vedder River. Swinging flies each time. No fish to hand, though I *may* have had one quick pull in late-February. lol

    Hoping to get out once or twice more, but we'll have to wait and see.
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  10. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    Man, some of you are fish catching machines!!! I hope, someday, to have a season like some of you....
     
  11. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Okay, mid-oct till mid Jan... That's still a long time....
     
  12. Coach Duff

    Coach Duff Banned or Parked

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    Okay, some great numbers put up there. Nice work boys! Now how many on the swing and how many nymphing or indicator sticking? That has me really curious. Coach
     
  13. herl

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    Geez.. I must be fishing the wrong rivers.

    1 for 1 since 01/01/09.

    ~5 three hour trips and 2 half day excursions.

    95% swinging.


    PS: I like the idea of an unofficial WFF steelhead creel survey thread for each season/major river - would be very useful info, not to know when or where to fish, but to get an idea of how the season was and how your personal experience stacks up.
     
  14. fish7

    fish7 work is for people who dont know how to fish

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    been out around 6 days or so and landed 1
    deschutes river
     
  15. ibn

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    I'll add my data points for the original poster...

    Since November, 7 trips, 22 fish. All walk in fishing, no floating. 21 of the 22 were nymphing, 1 on the swing. Pretty lucky this season as I landed at least 1 fish on every trip.

    Most memorable would be a 35" fish that fought harder then any other I've caught. Took me downriver through some hairy water and bank access.

    Attached are the 35" buck and a bright hen from the same trip.