Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Charles Sullivan, Aug 27, 2016.
Curious, what year was that?
Unbelievable list! Who gets to fish this much?! Not me! It takes years to learn a river. Impressive.
Just an old "fart" that began steelhead fishing some 55 years ago that always enjoyed exploring waters! And of course being "lucky" does not hurt; I think I caught a steelhead on the first trip (and for some only trip) on 18 of those streams.
My Santa cruz fish was 2005. They are still there now, and I sort of expect someone to chime in with a Monterey fish report. A true rarity.
Probably around 2002. We used to live on the river in Ben Lomond and hit it when the rare good water/day open coincided. Did pretty well too. Those fish were as hot as anything I have found up here. Guess it helps being so close to the salt.
When were you on it?
I know there are more southern rivers with steel but I don't know of any that you can actually fish. Probably could back in the day though.
If you fished the Upper Hoh river exclusively I would expect you to have caught a fish by now. Otherwise I think you have some more work to do. [Me too.] I got curious about the "fish of one thousand casts" adage sometime last winter and decided to add some empirics. Here is a summary using WDFW creel data from December - January 2015 and the assumption of 1 cast per minute.
(So, for example, it took an average of 20k casts on the Bogachiel to catch a steelhead, or about 10k casts on the Lower Hoh or Sol Duc.)
I caught an Atlantic Salmon in the Nooksack River probably 20 years ago. Escapee from Cypress Island net pens.
Sequel, San Lorenzo, Pescadaro. First steelhead I ever caught was a 15# buck from the San Lorenzo. In hindsight I wish I hadn't killed that fish. But what did an 18 year old kid know some 40 years ago?
Write your list of rivers and then ask yourself how many of them are currently experiencing healthy numbers of wild steelhead and how many of them will be open for business this year?
I wish that number was bigger.
I came up with more than one PS river which had numbers last year that were similar to past years which provided good fishing. They weren't open for business though.
In 4 pages only 1 guy on here has caught fish in the Dean? I can only imagine the glory.....
I am still searching for my first...
Only one on the San Juan (Vancouver Island) too.
Nooksack, Skagit, Suak, Cascade, Methow, Grande Ronde, Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Quinault, Vedder, and most recently the Dean.