Massive Kispiox Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Itchy Dog, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Coach Duff

    Coach Duff Banned or Parked

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    You may have tried your best to keep that fish from being high and dry, we all would have, but if that's what it took to land it, that's what would have happened. You see that's why forums are a form of entertainment as much as information especially in flyfishing. Speyspaz, you keep mumbling away. You are a judgemental wannabe elitist shittalker and peppering your arguments with "Youuuuuuuu........ You're no gentleman!!!!":D (Caddyshack) will get you big time points with your yacht club buddies, but wll get you nowhere with people who fish hard and know that shit happens, especially in the handling of big assed steelhead. I know you've landed a truckload of them, all over 15 pounds over the years and not one of them has touched gravel, not one of them has been lifted for a pic and not one of them has died. That is the kind of Complete Angler you are.:rolleyes: Like I said, congrats to one happy, lucky young angler who landed the fish of a lifetime. Even if he didn't handle it like your phony ass thinks he should have. As you have found here in the last couple of days, no one gives a shit what you or I think anyways. This is a forum and there are as many self made fishing experts here as guys who actually know what the hell they are talking about. As for your PMs and emails of support I've got 61 of them in the last couple of days appreciating my attempts to keep the steelhead world cleansed of elistist types like yourself. But for the last time Spazzer tight lines and good fishing to ya. And for God's sake don't ever get caught "improperly handling" a fish even if not by choice. I am sure someone will be sure to capture the moment and then flag your ass for doing what we have all done (If we have really landed more than a couple dozen fish) if by choice or not at least a couple times in our steelheading carreers. Coach
     
  2. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Jeezus man give it a rest don't think anyone was talking to you.
     
  3. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    well, tight lines and good fishing to you too Coach. Good to see you're calming down a bit.:rofl: your cheerleaders get their matching sweaters yet?
    you're right, this is getting pretty entertaining now.

    sorry, I've gotta split...got errands to run. Let's see, got to stop at the yacht club, visit my aromatherapist, hypnotherapist and shiatsu practitioner...yup, better get it all done today. Because I'm going steelheading Sunday on a genuine NW river.
    Good luck with the cleansing thing though. I like a man with a mission.
    You're a good guy in your heart Coach, everybody senses that I think, nothing personal coming at you from this side.
    Just cut the crap. Peace out.
     
  4. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    ....now THIS, this is worrisome and IMHO much more worth talking about. I have a fishing buddy who's gone up there every October for over 15 years, enjoyed possibly the best steelheading on the planet, and it's just slipping away. That won't be destroyed by a single overexcited guy leaving a big fish to dry on the beach, but it will be destroyed by bycatch in Area 4 while commercials go after salmon. And that's what's happening up there.
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Let me paraphrase what Terry said once in a less incendiary post...they're the greatest sportfish in the world and fishing for them is a privilege. At least I agree with him on that.
     
  5. Brian Thomas

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    I was talking to one of the local Conservation Officers here last week . He said this may not happen . Ever .

    Many of the locals in the Skeena valley are pissed this is even in the discussion stage .
     
  6. Will Atlas

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    apparently there has been a pretty big uproar about the new Skeena conservation plan (ie no non-residents fishing without guides). Talking to a person with a long history and a lot of connections in the fishing/conservation community he seems to think it wont happen.

    As far as the fish handling goes 67 photos seems a little excessive, I just hope the fish wasn't out of the water for all 67. At the end of the day we have an obligation to do right by the fish we catch regardless of ego driven desire for a hero shot. Its a beautiful fish and he is a lucky man to have caught it. Also, Jason is right about turning fish upside down. I don't usually do it with sport caught fish because I find they are fairly tired when I land them and as a consequence usually will oblige me with 10-20 seconds of stillness for a nice photo while they recover in shallow water. at my job we pass fish at landsburg dam, we have to take a fork length measurement, genetic sample and insert a pit tag and having a fresh 30 lb king upside down is pretty much the only way to get that done.

    Cheers,
    Will
     
  7. Runejl

    Runejl Josh

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  8. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Thanks for posting the rest of the story.
    Will that giant fish live to spawn again of not? Nobody knows for sure.
    I would say the bigger they are the easier to be caught by the bear and eaten.
     
  9. Todd Ripley

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    My favorite is the pic of the fish just laying in a puddle on its side all by itself...kinda reminds me of a spawned out chum before a crow eats its eyes out.

    Looks like the dude screwed around with the fish for several minutes, managed to get pics of it in three different spots, and had to pin it to the ground to get his tape on it...

    Sure is one helluva magnificent catch, though.

    Fish on...

    Todd
     
  10. SeaRun Fanatic

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    Drag it on shore... pick it up... smile!... lay it down... tape it while it flops... hold still fish!... kneel on it... wow! what a fish... shoot a few more grip-n-grins... oops! forgot the rod-in-mouth shot... lay it over there in the puddle while I get the rod... that's better... here, take the rod... just a couple more with a different angle... majestic fish, eh?... gee, doesn't seem to be swimming away too well... aw, just give it a shove... high fives all around.
     
  11. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Just got an email from a state game agent.

    Seems on Feb. 20, an angler out on the Hoh landed a steelie that went 44 inches in length with a girth of 23-1/2 inches with a 15-foot spey rod, using 8-kg (17.6 lb) tippet. The accepted formula (Length x Girth-sq. / 800) puts the fish at 30.28 pounds. After the prolonged fight (nearly an hour) , the fish was bleeding heavily, and unlikely to survive. A state biologist happened to be on the river, and confirmed that, so he kept the monster. They put the fish on scales riverside and recorded it as between 31 and 32 pounds.
    :eek:
     
  12. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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  13. Copper Jon

    Copper Jon What a Jim!

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    iagree Exactly! That's just way too much, plain and simple. Even if you caught a fish of this size and had this many photos and issues subduing such a slab, would you go ahead and post ALL these photos on the internet? or would you keep a few to yourself because you knew the overhandling wouldn't look too good, especially since you're a GUIDE!
     
  14. Salmo_g

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    JG,

    Never underestimate the power of ego over common sense.

    Sg
     
  15. Copper Jon

    Copper Jon What a Jim!

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    :beathead:What's up with 'English' being in all these dudes names? Great, more glorification. I'll be sure to make a mental note to never hire or recommend Nick English as a guide up north.