Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Luke77, Jul 8, 2014.
I hear what you're saying but according to biologists in the area, almost all of the steelhead in the Methow drainage don't survive the post spawning long enough for a return journey to the salt. It's too long of a trip over all the dams and the 500+ miles, waiting 9 to 6 months and then spawning to survive. I'm sure they don't just keel over right away after spawning up there and linger around like zombies for awhile. Methow Chinook spawn in the fall so it wasn't that. I can't ID the fish in the video that well, but the one I saw in the Methow pool was definitely a moldy head SH.
I just got back from a couple days on the NU and it is full of chinook, however, if you listen to the audio of the posted clip the guy says it's a "sorehead steelhead" and I'd tend to believe he knows what he's looking at.
Chinook in this area spawn in September and are dead in October. I would think that this early in the season, it was probably a steelie that spawned in March/April. We had a pretty late season because of low rainfall, so by the time Winter runs were able to make it up, they had to be pretty wiped. He was probably just hanging on for dear life a little longer than most.
I'm not going to "guess" where that fish was lying before the take. Many summer fish have been taken right where the glass turns into the V in the tailout. As in, right where he hooked it. 1.5-2.5' of water.
Some even in the rapid
I've caught several fish DEEP into a tailout after seeing that other people didn't fish all the way down.
I ONLY fish the last 3 feet of every run. 1 step and 2 casts.
pffftttt...you need 2 casts??
I hooked 2 winter fish almost that deep in a tail out this past March. I doubt that they chased the fly a long ways since they were winter fish.
If there are good size stones present or ledge, I'll fish it into the next riffle to make sure I hit it all.
I was fishing the Deschutes River about 2 years ago on a guided trip when I shorted a tail out. As we floated over the end of the tail out (that I decided not to fish) we looked into the water and saw a steelhead sitting right in front of a big boulder, just kind of hanging out. I was kicking myself for the rest of the trip.
Always fish the tail out through to the next riffle! It's usually only a few more casts... well worth it.