Massive Kispiox Steelhead

Itchy Dog

Some call me Kirk Werner
#1
Pretty impressive fish here: 45.25", 25" girth, may have tipped scales at an calculated 40.75lbs. May be the largest steelhead caught on a hook and line.

From Fly Fisherman March 2009 issue.
 

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#2
Thats interesting it was landed in 5-6 minutes. Karl's fish was landed quickly as well and he had said that the fish grounded on a shallow bar and he was able to grab it. I wonder if they dont realize their own size when they get that big! I mean they swim around in the open ocean all that time and maybe they just dont realize how far their gut sticks out!
 
#3
Thats interesting it was landed in 5-6 minutes. Karl's fish was landed quickly as well and he had said that the fish grounded on a shallow bar and he was able to grab it. I wonder if they dont realize their own size when they get that big! I mean they swim around in the open ocean all that time and maybe they just dont realize how far their gut sticks out!
Certainly does make you think. Seems like a fish that big would just be so powerful, especially relative to the rod size and weight that he caught it on. I wonder if it's just that it takes a great amount of energy to move that 40lb fish mass. Not exactly lean and mean and the fish looks like it's been in the system for a while. Hard to say. I caught a hatchery summer fish about a week ago that fought like hell, and then a few days later caught a chrome bright winter hatchery fish that was a dud. Still, interesting. I've seen the photo but never read the story behind it. Awesome fish.
 
#4
"...taking 67 digital photos."

Remarkable fish, but 67 photos?!? :mad: I guess that makes up for the quick fight, eh? Must have still been in guide mode, where everyone wants a million grip & grins to prove that they caught something on their $7,000 fishing trip.

Awesome story otherwise... just step in, make a few swings and SHWIIIING! Obviously a talented guy, but perhaps a little caught up in the moment.
 
#5
"...taking 67 digital photos."

Remarkable fish, but 67 photos?!? :mad:
I can see where he would have been excited. That thing is just a pig. In my younger days I spent two seasons guiding in the Iliamna area and as cool as it is, there's nothing like that up there. Plus, taking a photo like that back up to all your guide friends would be some good bragging. I think 67 was his insurance that he would have at least one good one.
 

Plecoptera

Active Member
#7
Wow, quite a fish! Since the rise in popularity of wild steelhead CnR from the 80's, to the manditory CnR regs in place now I wonder how many record steelhead have been caught that couldn't be certified? Trey Combs book talks of several Skagit fish topping out over 40". One supposedly caught by a fly fisherman was measured around 48" i believe.
 

Joepa

Joe from PA
#8
Just to clarify, this fish was 45.25" not 42.25". 42.25" didn't look right; my largest fish was a 39" buck with huge shoulders that was about 20lbs based on that formula.
 

inland

Active Member
#9
The accepted formula used 800 not 690. 690 is the new kid on the block. Old formula comes in at 35.35#'s.

Clay Carter caught a giant Kispiox fish that made it into Combs last steelhead book. I have seen several photos of his fish- photos that show the true size of the beast from a different angle vs. the shot Combs printed (where the fish is tilted towards Clay, bent, and somewhat slinking into his lap- the other shots show the true length and depth). 37#'s using the OLD formula. As is reported with Lemire's Thompson giant of 41X26. 34.6#'s old vs. 40.1#'s new.

So which is it? Unless these fish are weighed (killed, witnessed, and certified) there is always going to be some fishermans ruler factor!!! Part of the fun I suppose.

The gentleman that is mentioned in several publications with the giant Skagit fish is Jerry Wintle. One hell of a nice guy.

William
 

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
#10
he looks like one of those SF guys in Afghanistan.
maybe they photoshopped the SAW out and dropped the big fish in:rolleyes:

damn, what a hog. has kind of a surprised look about his face too.
ok, here goes the next wave of the Kispiox stampede. wonder what the Cottonwood Pool will look like next October?
Blue Creek, Part Deux.:rofl:
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#13
Wintle's steelhead wasn't measure with a tape. He measured it against his fly rod. Back at camp John Farrar brought out a tape measure and put it on the rod where Jerry marked it, and that read 48". Just for useless information, I had a solid hit in the exact spot Jerry hooked his fish somewhat earlier that day. Ah, the woulda' coulda' beens.

Sg
 

Rob Zelk

I swing, therefore i am.
#15
67 photos!? Thats a way to treat the biggest fly lined fish with respect... Beautiful fish, and well done, but come on now. I can see 5 photos, maybe, but I never even do that many and I like taking photos.