Milestone steelies

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Sean Beauchamp, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Heavies...

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    After seeing the Thompson thread I thought to myself how someday I would like to shake hands with a Thompson steelie. I've heard the tales and the combination of the setting and the genetics of the fish make them sound special and therefore something id like to experience in my lifetime. All wild fish are special in my book and I'm thankful for every one of them regardless of location but I guess in my mind I have a few special fish on my to do list...

    I never fish the stilly for steelhead and to me a deer creek summer fish is at the top of my list. The history of the river makes those tough little survivors something worth cherishing. Maybe next year I can break outta the routine and try to rise one of those special fish.

    Right on the heels of that would be a wild skagit winter fish. Our season at this point is very limiting but the opportunity is there. That's another river that gets little effort from me maybe once a year, but every time I step into the flow I reminded why that river has captivated so many anglers over the years. Amazing river system! I'd love to hold one of those fish.

    Enough of me, curious what some of y'all have to say. What special fish do you wish to cross paths with someday? Whether its the location, or the technique or maybe just your first. Lets hear it!
     
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  2. Evan Burck

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    My highest on the list was a wild Skagit winter fish, which I achieved last season. It was everything I hoped for. I even ran the full Skagit-born system with a Skagit head, T-14, and an Intruder.

    The Deer Creek fish belong at the top of the list as well, but like you, it's a tough thing to put in the routine to pull off.

    Now, I finally need to actually land a fish over the 20lb mark. Hooked a few, and they all schooled me.
     
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    Being fairly new to the steelhead game, every one is still special to me :)
     
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    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Any steelhead on a waked/popped/dead drifted dry fly.

    A Dean chinook on the fly.

    A springer on a swung fly.
     
  5. Evan Burck

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    They never stop being special
     
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    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    hmmmmmmm, winter run topping 20 lbs on the swing would cause me to nut, right then and there.
     
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    likewise
     
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    Milestones?

    How about catching a steelhead every month of the year?

    Or maybe a sweep, like on to a dead drift dry fly, waked/skated dry, a damp fly swung, and a deep sunk wet fly swung? All on the same day, or same river, or same month, or season, or some other boundary?

    I think a fish weight, like the 20 pound mark, is less meaningful than many fishermen seem to assign it. First, a steelhead can't help how large or small it is. And different stocks of fish have different mean weights and weight ranges. For instance, I think a 20 pound steelhead from a CA river is more meaningful in terms of its rarity than a 20 pound steelhead from the Babine, Kispiox, etc. So ya' caught a 20 from the Kispiox, whoop dee doo. There are lots of 20s in that river. A 20 from the Trinity, now that would be a big deal.

    If I were to add a steelhead milestone to my resume', I think it would be a fish from Kamchatka. And maybe CA, since I've never fished there.

    Sg
     
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    I have been fortunate enough to catch way more than my share of north Puget Sound wild steelhead including a number of exceptional fish from several rivers. That said when I picture a wild steelhead in my mind or dream of my next fish it is always the region's most prefect steelhead - A Deer Creek wild summer taken on a skated dry. That fish is always chrome fish with just the tinest blush of pink on its cheek.

    If I were ever to break down and have a replicate made it would be a 24.5 inch Deer Creek wild summer. All I would have to do would be look upon it to picture all that a steelhead can be!

    Curt
     
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    1,000 Pound Club-In High School, we had a 1,000 pound club, the combined weight lifted in the bench, squat and deadlift. I'd like to modify it to steelhead fishing.

    10 fish a day for 10 days, averaging 10 lbs each.

    As a member of the former, I'd prefer to be a member of the latter.

    An absolute chrome teener Skagit fish is pretty hard to beat for local fish. Be pretty cool to catch a Dean fish. And Kamchatka would be special too.
     
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    I think its cool to set Steelhead goals and in those goals rivers an angler wishes to fish. Steelhead live in such cool places, its so fun to visit and hook into a fish in those wonderful settings. I look at it more of time mile stones - If I could set a time mile stone, it would be on the Skagit. That great river is so fun to fish in February, March and April - the change of late winter to full on spring - the smells of grasses, the trees and even shedding off a couple of layers of clothes through those three months is so nice being a Steelheader. The fish are powerful, hard to catch but live where they should and that system gives an angler such water options to fish. Long bars, rock gardens and many "stops" that are hard to find - giving an angler a great sense of adventure.

    In 2012 the Skagit got back approximately 6,185 fish returning to its system - a good start and my hope is I am able to fish a few more springs in my life on that system. I would just take a February or two.

    Good posts and good idea topic Sean
     
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    a skagit wild winter would be at the top of my list too. had some opportunities back in the 90's but never got the grab. even before this thread i have thought of making a trip back over there just to soak in the river and experience the history.

    the best part is when a milestone gets met. for me it was a summer run river that i had always known about but never fished. i had heard stories and it had always been on my list. first trip i hooked 4 and landed 2 in about 2 hours of fishing. next trip nothing, and then the last trip topped it all with a beautiful native on a dry fly where i couldn't get the take out of my head for the rest of the day. it is now becoming a yearly trip that never grows old.

    keep reaching for those milestones.
     
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    A winter Run on a dry fly. However, I could settle on a 40 inch Babine steelhead on a dry.
     
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    Coastal winter steelhead on a surface fly behind the gauntlet. core points = number of boats fished through x 2. Sound fair sean?
     
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    I would like to move past that magical 40" mark, either with a Washington winter fish, a wild B-Run from the Clearwater, or a Skeena system fish. I got one on the Kispiox that was close, and I have tailed two well over that mark, but I've yet to pass it myself. A 40" Skagit or Sauk winter buck would be about the most incredible thing that could happen to a guy who swings flies for steelhead.