Milestone steelies

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Creatch'r, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. JS

    JS Active Member

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    I'd like to qualify that I am not incredibly proud of my near 40" Kispiox fish....I would much rather land a fish of that size in WA.
     
  2. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I don't generally make fishing goals regarding fish caught. My goals are generally to fish certain amounts or to fish certain rivers. I have goals this year but I can't give up what they are as they are the names of rivers.

    Size and numbers defeat the purpose of steelheading. As Curt said I feel as though I'm fishing for the fish that exhibits the charecteristics that make steelhead the last thing I think about at night (assuming all other fires have been put out).

    It's that fish that's willing...that fish that doesn't require being punched in the face by a lure under the influence of a chunk of lead. That's the goal. The goal takes us to the places we love. So if there is a goal it's to take them in new places. I'm gonna take them while flyfishing assuring that they are the fish I think of as special.

    It is the next fish that I crave. It will be taken on a swung fly, or possibly a deadrifted dry (if so likely by accident). No matter where it's from it will please me. If it's on this years list of new rivers it may please me more. Either way, I'll take out my ladies to celebrate and order the wine for good measure.

    One other thing I search for is to be satiated. Until very recently I had never been truly satiated, steelhead wise. This fall, one day I truly felt like I had hooked enough fish for the day. I suspect I had hooked less fish than many of you have hooked in one day, especially you SOB's w/o kids or who have those eastside streams dialed. Given the location, amount of action and company, I actually felt satiated. It was quite peaceful. I hope to get there again.

    That one day I got to watch my fishing partner fool around with a player. Oh, what a joy to watch a steelhead be at it's best with no pressure to hook it. Hell, I had no chance to hook it. I was nothing more than an interested third party.

    So when I think of goals, I suppose it is to be there in that place again, satiated...observing a steelhead behave in the manner that makes it great.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  3. TD

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    How about the one I lost last Saturday! Fish took on my first cast on a current seam, I had about 1/2 my skagit flight head out and a pile of running line at my feet. That fish first came right at me, then turned and headed for Puget Sound. I burned my finger on the line trying to keep it from wadding up in the guides. The thing jumped and somersaulted a couple of times and then continued on down the river. Backing was running off my reel and there was no way I could follow because of the deep pools below. I tried to palm my reel and the handle smashed into my finger tip causing it to turn purple overnight. That fish broke off shortly after and all I ever saw of it was the slightly olive spotted back as it came toward me and then the bright chrome side as it turned away.

    I've had my share of Deer Creek fish off the NF Stilly. I would love just one more on a skated deer hair fly though. Or maybe 2 more.
     
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  4. KerryS

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    Interesting thread. I have been lucky enough to have reach most of the milestones talked about here. One might be the same as Salmo's, catch a Kamchatka steelhead. I have caught steelhead in CA, OR, ID, WA, AK, and BC. I have caught the mythical 40 incher and many Deer Creek fish. One thing I was after a few years ago that still eludes me is a Skagit slam; steelhead, bull trout, and searun cutthroat in the same day. The pairing of steelhead and cutthroat seems to be difficult.

    What I am interested in doing now is to photo document steelheading on the Skagit. I have lost interest in catching steelhead but seem to have gained an interest in photographing fly fishing for steelhead and the people that participate. Over the past couple of years I have almost completely stopped fishing for steelhead in the Skagit River and thinking about last year I don't think the sled was in the Skagit chasing steelhead one time. With the shortened season I am planning on being out as much as possible shooting those that fish the Skagit. May be the last time I will be able to do it.
     
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  5. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Sauk river 20#er (I have so few steelhead per hour spent fishing this river, its become kind of an obsession) I really want it to come out of the hole where the Whitehorse dumps in so I can see it all happen
    N. Umpqua steelface on a skater
    Nooksack 20#er (lost a few MONSTER STEELHEAD on the Nook in my time, never landed a Nooksack fish over 36") Maybe the hardest hitting steelhead Ive ever hooked
    Ive got over 200 Deer creek fish to my name, but Id love to take one on a true dry fly dead drifted. Never done that
    North of the border steelhead- Never been north to catch one, on my bucket list
    Samish river high stick nymping steelhead-no indicator.

    I have a few Stilly slam days under my belt - steelhead, bull trout, cuttie, and chinook/coho/chum in the same day
    I want a Pitt river slam or a Dean river slam though
     
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  6. g_smolt

    g_smolt Recreational User

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    Winter (or spring, in AK) fish on the surface.

    39° water is sort of a handicap, but oh, the satisfaction...
     
  7. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    My bag list is almost full. I am just about being there and doing it now.

    1. I want to put Elizabeth on a 20lb fish with her fly rod. Dont even care if she lands it, but would like to see her light up with the experience.
    2. I want to see each of our kids catch at least one wild steelhead.
     
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  8. Andy D

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    I would like to catch a wild winter fish on the upper Quinault, and I would like the chance to fish the dean.
     
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  9. Andy D

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    SSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH! everyone forgets the sack is up there
     
  10. Jim B

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    Jeremy...
    Well said....that's the milestone we should all strive for!
    Jim B.
     
  11. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

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    To me everyone is a milestone fish. They just don't come that easy these days. I spent 9 days on the Trinity last month, 3 fish to hand, all 19-21" and bright as a new dime. This morning I was lucky enough to take a wild 8# (+/-) buck that was one of the best fights I've had in a while, 3' out of the water 2x, several runs to the backing. I'd given a lot to have my grandson brought the wild chrome 12+ lb fish to hand that he hooked last April. I want to have him and his brother have a chance for them when they grow up a little more.Well said, Jeremy Floyd!
     
  12. Creatch'r

    Creatch'r Heavies...

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    Great reads gentlemen I like it. When I have more free time ill add something to the discussion.

    Kerry take me on your sled. Smalma and Salmo great stuff!
     
  13. Creatch'r

    Creatch'r Heavies...

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    And nutsack core score multiplier for sure, possibly 4x if behind Kerr, ball, braz and mike z additional points for every inch in length the intrudachugger measures. High score possible.
     
  14. Randall Clark

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    I think that for me it really boils down to one thing...seeing the look on my sons face (he's 2 1/2 now) when he hooks into his first wild winter steelhead. I really can't wait for that moment. This is all assuming of course that he'll take to fly fishing...and assuming there are any wild fish left. My little guy can already cast his little Star Wars spinning rod pretty well...just a matter of time, me thinks.

    If it has to do with my own hooking and/or catching I just love them all, especially the hot little fish you catch 20 miles from the salt that are chrome bright with half a dozen sea lice still attached.
     
  15. rwbailey05

    rwbailey05 GO COUGS

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    Was introduced to the world of spey fishing last year by a board member who really has unleashed a new passion inside of me. Last year i went all season without landing a fish on the Spey, just could not get the monkey off my back. This Fall i was able to get the monkey off my back with a fish to hand on the spey. That really was/is my steelhead milestone... with many more to come!

    The next one i would like to see would be my little brothers first steelhead on the fly. He is a special forces military man and normally does not get home during steelhead season. This year he is home for Turkey day and we are spending two days on the Ronde with my only goal being to have Jeff hook and land a beautiful Grande Ronde Steelhead. On the swing would be perfect but with the single hand i would not care, i just want to see his reaction when that fish takes off downriver! Lets pray that the flows stay ok and that we can get two good days on the water!