Steelhead!

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Zen Piscator, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. Chris Kunin

    Chris Kunin New Member

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    B-runs spend an extra year in the salt - bigger, better, and fewer.
     
  2. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

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    We call that 1-Salt, 2-Salt, 3-Salt et cetera over here.
     
  3. kodiaksalmon

    kodiaksalmon Jeff B.

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    Dah, thanks for asking.....I was wondering the same thing. :confused:

    As much as I love steelhead, all the while I cast for them I'm thinking of pike! Steelhead are great, but the feelings they evoke in Zen are evoked in me by pike (and musky). Gimme one pike over 10 steelhead any day.

    But yeah, steelhead are great. Don't get me wrong. :thumb:
     
  4. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    Its just fishing. You are all gay.
     
  5. Panhandle

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    In the Snake River Basin, steelhead are divided into A-run and B-run classifications. These two variations are characterized by differences in location of spawning, size at age, ocean age composition, and time of migration into fresh water. B-run fish are believed to spawn primarily in the Clearwater River, South Fork of the Salmon River and Middle Fork of the Salmon River, while A-run fish are found primarily in the lower Clearwater River, upper Salmon River, lower Salmon River, Grande Ronde River, Imnaha River and tributaries of the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam. While A-run steelhead are also found throughout the inland Columbia River basin, B-run steelhead are believed to be found only in the Snake River drainage. B-run steelhead enter fresh water later than A-run steelhead, are typically larger at age (likely because of the additional time they spend feeding in the ocean before migrating into fresh water), and the annual run typically has a higher proportion of fish that have spent two years at sea. there are, of course exception to this--where you have B-run strays that enter the Ronde, as well as the D, and other columbia watersheds.
     
  6. HauntedByWaters

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    Thanks Pan and others for clarifying:

    What size range are we talking with the B-Runs compared to the A-Run?
     
  7. Panhandle

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    Typically A's run from 6-10 lbs, where as B's run 12-30lbs. :eek:
     
  8. Will Atlas

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    David,
    you are wrong...no offense.

    Zen,

    Right on with the post. Steelhead are amazing animals, they have extremely diverse lifehistories, undertake the longest migrations at sea, and are extremely badass in every way. If you have 43 days of break, you ought to head over to the wet side and fish for some chrome fish. Coast perhaps? Also, glad you finally came around on the nymphing thing

    Will
     
  9. junebug41

    junebug41 Junior Dave Monti fan

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    I got out Saturday for a solo foray and achieved approximately my 35th consecutive skunking since I started chasing steelhead in fall '06. Is there some special milestone at 46?

    This last one barely counts, though, since I was only on the river for 45 minutes before I accidentally dropped my favorite body in the 35-degree water. By the time I swam out the bottom end of a surprisingly deep and frustratingly slow-moving pool 60-70 seconds later, I knew the day was over for me.

    Ahh, steelheading. Hey -- is falling in gay?
     
  10. Flyborg

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    If I was rich, I'd do both at the same time :)
     
  11. HauntedByWaters

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    LAUGH MY ASS OFF!
     
  12. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    LOL...I had my tongue firmly planted in my cheek.

    :thumb:

     
  13. Mark Bové

    Mark Bové Chasin tail

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    Well Spoken my friend here is my 2 cents on what you had to say

    -I must admit, I failed... I railed the model over going steelhead fishing last fiday, Though she wasnt a SI model, but that lil calender model did just fine...

    - steelhead are the best thing ever

    -When you throw up in your tent you get good fishing karma... I did out fish both of you guys 3-1... Also 47 pound rooster has no place in steelhead camp.

    -Unless the trout are the size of steelhead, and wild. THE Upper Columbia!!!

    -We aren't gay we just know how to catch fish... in a shameful manor.

    -Beads rock my world... even more than the calender model.

    -AMen

    -Mike please adopt me and Andy. Or take us as your new apprentices.

    God made my new religion of steelheading
     
  14. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    caught one hatchery steelhead this fall that fought like a "wet sock" as Jergens put it. Dozens of trips and thousands of dollars in new gear+gas later, still haven't caught a damn thing.
     
  15. HauntedByWaters

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    WOW! You never told us you were a professional hand model Mark!