Huge Mistake

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Todd Burt, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

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    Sign me up for the hospital as well; I've been on the Trinity, which is 7 hrs from home since mid October with nothing landed (save an LDR'd monster brown) until Jan. 17th. At least 4 days a month (2x in November). I wasn't going to prostitute myself to the indicator, just kept swinging. On the 17th I finally found the grabby pod I was looking for and it was on. The 18th it washed out and is just coming back into shape; more rain in the forecast.
     
  2. Todd Burt

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    Good attacking your Steel passion!
     
  3. floatinghat

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    Just so my simple mind is clear. How were you holding the running line and where in the swing did the grab occur? Like others have said some just don't stick, why? Sometimes its a real strong "pluck", dull hook, angle of a attack.... The list goes on but, better to have had the grab than no grab at all.

    One comment, IMO steelhead hook themselves and we only tighten the line to keep the the hook planted.
     
  4. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    Dude . . . . you hooked a steelhead! No mistake there, right?

    MISTAKES are things like leaving your waders at home, not bringing your rain jacket because it was sunny when you started fishing, tying a lousy knot and having it break when the steelie shakes his head, freezing up on the reel after the strike, not checking your fly periodically and finding out that the 20lb monster that just took you for a ride downriver before coming off amazingly held on to a fly with no hookpoint the whole time. Etc etc etc etc.

    And the llonger you fish for steelhead, the more you'll add to this list. ;)

    EVENTS are things that happen while steelheading that may or may not be preventable - they just happen. Sometimes for the good . .. like when you don't realize a steelhead just took your waking fly so you don't strike too quickly. Just stand there with your rod pointing downstream staring stupidly at the Redtail dive-bombing a rabbit in a field downstream until you hear the reel screaming. Others not so good - like lifting on a 'stump' until your spey rod is pointed somewhere behind you only to realize that the stump is swimming toward you and you need to set the hook. Pretty funny actually - there's nowhere for the rod to go.

    You get the idea. Steelheading is filled with tragi-comic events. A steelhead take on a fly with an intact hook is one of the cooler things we get to experience. No reason to beat yourself up.

    Cheers!

    Brian
     
  5. chromeseeker

    chromeseeker Where's the Bucket?

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    Maybe in the past but not anymore, Mike. I learned my lesson! If I'm going to get skunked it won't be too far from home these days. Other species more than make up for the "down time" chasing chrome... ;)

    C
     
  6. NomDeTrout

    NomDeTrout Fly Guy Eat Pie

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    A mistake is when you're planning to fish with papafish up on the sauk and meet up at 9 AM and driving from seattle to lynnwood to realize that I FORGOT MY ROD AT HOME.
    felt like an idiot...going fishing but forgetting the rod.
     
  7. Todd Burt

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    SG,

    Thanks for the tip!

    When I'm fishing in cool weather I wear some fleece gloves that I cut the tips off the thumbs and first and second fingers. When I'm making the swing, I hold my line between my thumb and first two fingers - a very sensitive and infinitely adjustable drag.

    Sg[/QUOTE]
     
  8. Todd Burt

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    Yep, hearing my Riptide scream for 1 second was worth every effort.
     
  9. Todd Burt

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    Lost but never forgotten. Thanks
     
  10. Todd Burt

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    Agreed...Thanks
     
  11. Todd Burt

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    Huge shot in the arm..Thanks!
     
  12. Todd Burt

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