Nice steelhead in less than perfect conditions

Mike Etgen

Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here
#3
Alll the more satisfying, I'd guess, when you go against the odds and pick up a bruiser like that!

Good on ya!

:thumb:
 

TomB

Active Member
#4
im sorry but i have to object......30-36 inches of visibility is hardly what i would describe as bad conditions...it is almost perfect...and the water in the pic...that is what is known as steelhead green (well except for the mud the guy stirred up at his feet).
 
#5
Hey everyone go book a ticket to California, to fish for Steelhead asap!
Why would you want to be in Washington right now? With all this rain, and depressing weather.

I'll stay here and hold the fort down.




:rofl:
 

papafsh

Piscatorial predilection
#6
Winter Steelheading is not about waiting for so-called "perfect" conditions, is it?
If it is then I must've missed out on something, somehow. :confused:
ChrisC, that picture could be the "Poster-Child" photo for winter steelheaders, everywhere.
Nice fish!

LB
 

Philster

Active Member
#7
Man that brings back memories. I used to haunt those rivers. It was funny, I always knew the winter season was over for me when I spotted my first Mosquito of the year... After that it was never worth going for me. The Gualala (pronounced Wallalla) was my magic river. I was never skunked there. NEVER! Very short river with HUGE pressure at times, but for some reason I had the gift there. Can't say the same for any other river, lake, pond, stream, or ocean anywhere else in the world :clown: Oh yeah, I agree with Jerry too. Awesome looking water, but lots of stretches on those rivers are like trenches, with steep sides on both sides, and getting to the water, and fishing it safely can be an issue. That could be the tough conditions they are referring to.
 

ChrisC

Active Member
#8
Philster said:
Man that brings back memories. I used to haunt those rivers. It was funny, I always knew the winter season was over for me when I spotted my first Mosquito of the year... After that it was never worth going for me. The Gualala (pronounced Wallalla) was my magic river. I was never skunked there. NEVER! Very short river with HUGE pressure at times, but for some reason I had the gift there.
Philster, my hat's off to you on having the gift for the Gualala. As we both know, there's more options for year-round steelheading up here in WA but there's just something very special about a steelhead fresh in from the ocean.
Too bad most of our coastal rivers up here are a very long trek for most of us in the Puget Sound area.