Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Tom Johnston, Sep 3, 2008.
They are just a myth!....
Steelhead are the most over-rated gamefish that swims.
Not to say that they aren't amazing, they are just a bit over-rated IMO, as someone who fishes for them almost exclusively.
I caught my first steelhead on a fly 19 yrs. ago. At the time I was living in SW Montana, fishing for trout, waiting for fall so I could drive 8 hrs. or more to spend 2-3 weeks living out of a tent or the back of my truck,just to chase steelhead.
Since then I have moved from God's country to STEELHEAD COUNTRY!!
There are plenty of rivers in your direction you cross that carry steelhead huh?
No......that would be largemouth bass.
True, I left bass fishing to start fly fishing AGAIN.
"Son, a woman is a lot like a refrigerator! They're about 6 feet tall and weigh 300 lbs. They make ice and ... um ... Oh, wait a minute. Actually, a woman is more like a beer! They look good, they smell good, you'd step over your own mother just to get one! But you can't stop at one. You wanna drink another woman!"
Steelhead are my favorite fish but I can still admit that I love all the trout and am not ready to give the rest of them up yet. Although if not for a family, I'm pretty sure I'd be jobless, pennyless, but pretty darn happy being a steelhead bum.
TJ, you can't catch bass on the fly? I don't think you have to give up a damn thing fly fishing.
I gave up gear fishing for bass like an addict for a fly rod and salt water.:beer2:
Okay, so you can't catch largemouth or smallmouth bass in the salt water, but you can still target them with a dang fly rod. When the days are hot that could be some good fishin' action, no?
Why not just fish for bass with gear and fish for trout with flies?
I don't understand the reason why some fly guys feel gear fishing is breaking the code or a cop out.
Don't fear the gear guys, we can all get our gear out every now and than. It is good for you and for the fishing community.
I'm a converted gear fisherman trying to fly fish only. So far so good this year for me. That is a choice, not a cop out, inferiority or superiority issue. I'm just recommending that if someone has a species of fish they want to target why not use a fly (not true for some deep dwellers, but we were chatting about bass) Bass will eat almost anything and they could care less what type of rod or reel you have. If someone chooses to fly fish for bass, good on them. Gear is cool too, I'm like the fish, I could care less what you are fishing with, but this is a fly fishing forum, right?
Hey Mumbles I wasn't trying to accuse anybody of anything.
Just saying that IMO, it seems silly to give up all gear for the fly like the fly is a religion.
I have been doing both my entire life and the more I do both the more I realize they are basically the same, but than again I don't use bait, and I tie all my own jogs and enjoy building lures.
I also know that in many cases, flies will outfish anything metal 10:1, and that is the best part.
I feel its something in life I want to accomplish! Its like a wusa for me. Gear is no challange any more for me. Its just a personal thing. All of my friends are gear guys.