Summer Run Steelhead?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by GEMalone, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    I think you missed a bit of tongue in cheek humor there :) Salmo's a pretty experience angler and knows what he was talking about :) Besides, if you *could* pull plugs with a fly rod, imagine what the take down would look like!
     
  2. ihookem75

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    That is true, especially if there are natives around, but he said he was going to the cowlitz, that river is just a meat factory, so I assumed if he was fishing that river he would be keeping the fish. If he plans on releasing them by all means bring a bigger rod.

     
  3. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I say use the 6 wt and have some fun. So what if it takes him a few extra minutes to land a fish? Most if not all of the summer runs on the Cowlitz are hatchery fish. Hell, he might even want to bonk one for dinner. The state plants them with the intent they'll be harvested. What a novel idea.
    Go fish and have fun, whether you are tossing bugs or pulling plugs.
    Brian
     
  4. Mark Bové

    Mark Bové Chasin tail

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    Quote: " you can use a six weight, it will take longer to get the fish, but it will be fun."
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    I recomend that you use what ever rod you want. You can beat a fish in no time with your six so long as you fish the right tippet and pressure the fish.

    Have fun I hear the Cow is fishing great, Try a champain glue egg or swing something big and flufffy
    Mark
     
  5. Panhandle

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    So you are saying, use a lighter rod and play the fish longer?.. It doesn't matter. Or you're saying use a 4wt and throw 15 LB. maxima on it and have at it. Good advice for people learning and lurking:thumb:
     
  6. Salmo_g

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    Personally I don't go below a 6 wt for summer steelhead, and the vast majority of the time a 7 wt. An expert doesn't even need a rod to responsibly play and land a steelhead without doing it harm. The rest of us would benefit by using gear reasonable sized for the quarry. Reasonable is relative and subject of endless debate.

    As for gear on the Cowlitz, the angler will be happier running his plugs on rods suited to the purpose, and the 9' 6 wt. will do the job as described by James above. Plug rods and a light fly rod are an odd mix no matter how you cut it, however. The upside is that the Cowlitz has water suited to just about all gear types and fishing techniques.

    Sg
     
  7. Porter

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    So is everyone new a lurker? or are you privy to top secret info? Orignal thread starter (GEMalone) came across sincere and asking a good question.... and replied to Mello in a thankful way...right?

    Many fish a 6W for SRSH

    Many first post are far worse and obvious to conclude lurking

    Plus he has a :cool: avator and the signature is :thumb: 'Attitude is Everything!'

    Good Luck on the Cowlitz ..GEM-man! :)
     
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    Hence- my reference to people "lurking and learning." I would prefer that someone who doesn't have the same skills as you, not attempt to fish for steelhead with their trout rod for obvious reasons.
     
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    Understood and good reason...me bad on that one, sorry, and I read you wrong on that one. :beer2:
     
  10. one eyed poacher

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    RE: Fly rod plug pulling. While not the same thing I did once have my buddy connect my fly line to a downrigger while trolling for kings off of Princeton in Nor cal-It worked but boy was it ugly! (I had a monsterous Deciever like lure on the end of my line.)

    Does hooking only Squaw fish while chaseing Bass make for a skunking?
     
  11. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    15lb maxima on a 4wt with the rod pointed straight at the fish is the same as 15lb maxima on an 8wt. I broke my 8wt on the ronde 2 years back and used a 4wt the rest of the day with 10lb maxima. Keeping the rod very low, much great sucess belongings to me.
     
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    BEAUTIFUL ANSWER! ZEN! :beer2:
     
  13. Panhandle

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    Andy, I'm trying to make point. A point I'm sure you understand.
     
  14. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Of course, you aren't the average angler :) While it is possible to do, most folks don't have the know how, or experience to fight the fish that way.... And keeping the angle low means you either need a good drag or good skill at palming.... And NO high sticking... great way to break a rod on a headshake!
     
  15. Mark Bové

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    U landed a steelhead on a four weight!!

    I personally fish a 12 weight for all my steelheading. I am thinking about getting the new sage 16 weight.

    I feel that 15 pound is too light to land fish in a timly manner so I stick to 130 pound spectra. This allows me to skate in 20 pound steelhead with ease, thus allowing the fish to relax and enjoy the ride. Also I can feel the bone jaring grab because it has no stretch. I would also like to point out that fish only have enough energy to barley make the 500 mile round trip to their spawning grounds. So bring in your fish green. Let them bash themselves against the rocks, and be sure to always use barbless hooks.
    :rofl: