SAD- Steelhead Affective Disorder

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Charles Sullivan, May 2, 2006.

  1. Hey look at the bright side Charles. At least now you know exactly what not to do :) .

    Wild steelies are funny fish. Not hahhahhah funny. Funny like sometimes I think they sit there starin at me thinkin, "do I want to play tug of war with this moron in the overalls for 20 min or do I want to sit here and blow bubles". Very different fish than the "short bus" steeleis from the hatchery.
     
  2. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    What is dray?
    Thanks guys, at least I know I am not alone. I just recieved another spey rod kit to build up 10 minutes ago. This will be my "summer run" spey. I got about 4 hours of sleep last night between the disorder and the 19 month old. I guess I'll have to fish harder next year.
    I have a kitchen to install and a roof to put on the garage before I go after the summer fish. I guess time heals all wounds.
    3-1 Jays. Sox got the bases juiced with noone out,
    cds
     
  3. inland

    inland Active Member

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    Zen,

    'Real' Steelhead? Nice. Even the chrome ones are trout. After spending a 'fair' bit of time playing in BC and the west side all I can say is 'good luck' if you think you will find a different beast. Aside from the Dean and Thompson you are setting yourself up for dissappointment. Steelhead are steelhead. On AVERAGE the only fish to rival Ronde fish for being weak are winter runs. No matter where I have caught them. Chrome, big, little, all wild its pretty much the same show. Most suck and make you wonder why in the hell you put in all those hours for a hookemnreelemin fish. But then you get a good one and it makes things better. Stop concentrating on weak assed Ronde fish and local pisstrickles full of slugs. Catch rates are going to drop...Sharpie Jr.- can your ego handle it?

    William
     
  4. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    HAHAHA, i live for this.

    Dude i thought you wanted to fish with me in your pm's? Whats goin' on?
     
  5. Joe Smolt

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    Charles:

    I've been part of this board for a while and you repeatedly hear folks say never fish for steelhead, it will ruin you. On the other hand, I've chatted with people on the river when the first thing they want to tell you about is the steelhead they caught in 19...something or other. Welcome to hell.

    I've put a lot of time on the water. I think I've paid my dues. For those who claim you should walk up hilll in the snow in both directions before you deserve to catch one, so called learn it on your own bit, is a hard trail to walk.

    I've tried to hire a new guide at least once a year to get every bit of knowledge I can. I really think it is worth it. I think there are subtle difference in technique not easily gleened from Combs or Meyers. I think well recommended guides are well worth the the investment. I bet your girlfriend will agree for the relationship. Sanity will come with at least some kind of tug, some verification of life out there and confidence in your technique

    Frankly, I think the mainland rivers have been tough the past couple of years. Few fish and needing to be there at the right time. Again, welcome to hell. You took the bait.

    Joe Smolt
     
  6. nick m

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    Salmosalar, I feel you man. No, not on the steelhead (ya eastside) but when aaron boone hit that pitch, just made me want to cry... well, at least the management came to their senses and got Mirabelli back.
     
  7. speyforsteel

    speyforsteel Degenerate Caster

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    fish with confidance and peace of mind or better yet get a good guide
    ( Ed W.,Mike K,John F. come to mind)who will show you good water and technique for that water.
    steelheaders who question either rob themselves many chances at getting a fish
    above all,,,enjoy the day on the river,while your looking at a eagle in the air something could be looking at the feathers in the water:D


    by the way,who's Aaron Boone?;)
     
  8. Nailknot

    Nailknot Active Member

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    A few years ago I called in sick mid week with no aspirations other than spending some time on the water in April on the Sauk and Skagit. Mid April I think, maybe late March. I'd been tying up a bunch of crazy flies that season for dollies mostly but also steelhead. It snowed on me at the first couple runs and I was stoked listening to a new CD from guys I knew back in the day when driving between runs and really had no expectation or nothin. Sun came out on the Sauk mixed with rain. I was hiking some distance, truth be told, for the hike not the fish.

    I knew a small, very small tub that occasionally held dollies so I tossed in- saw the grab- the run, the jumps, the whole deal on my fly a 10lb native hen with sea lice.

    I've hooked much bigger steelhead before and since but that was the moment i got over it. All I needed.

    I'm not addicted, I'm cured. Steelhead is an experience, not a fish. So that's my story. You climb the mountain but you can't stay there. Enjoy the view- and the view is equal to the effort. Enjoy the decent. Basecamp is full of opptimism and despair- the experience is yours alone. Only you decide how to make it worthwhile.
     
  9. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    I went to the OP 6 times between this year and last year before i touched a fish, and that was bobber fishing! had to watch weekend warrior lay the smack down on like 10 between all those trips, and then the one i landed was probably the last hatchery fish in the HOH this year (not to discredit it, but come on, 6lbs, dark...). summer runs on the other hand, landed a couple of those guys(ask weeekend warrior). Steelhead are the most addicting thing out there as far as im concerend, everythign else is just a way to keep occupied between runs.