What's your record for not catching a steelhead?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Tracy Lauricella, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Richard Torres

    Richard Torres Active Member

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    I was down tickling the rocks yesterday, they weren't taking anything I was offering them. A couple of gear guys connected with a native (flesh fly) and hatchery (pink jig) 100' below me. I'm sure the low water and 3-4' visibility combined with the constant bombardment didn't help.

    Yeah I was fishing the cable hole Thursday and it was busy on both sides. '
    So today I decided to fish just above high bridge along the bend. Today the water had some color in it and I threw some various patterns on the nice stretches of water I encountered, still no one wanted to line dance with me.
    I'm thinking of giving it another shot Sat or Sun, but haven't decided yet on where to go.
     
  2. skyrise

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    Richard, its always busy the closer you get to the hatchery outlet creek. there is a big pool upstream from the high bridge, about a 1/3 of a mile upstream. you can try dry line and indicator there.
    and NO its Not a secret place, everyone knows that spot. a long walk though with all the rocks to get over.
    in this low clear water they get spooky. hate to say the word rain. but ?
    if you had a boat you could try the water upstream from Douglas bar. in this low water, well ???
     
  3. rory

    rory Go Outside

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    I am keeping a log as well. It is just over a year with no fish. Although, I don't get out searching for Steelhead as much as I should if I really want to land one. Paying for Hancock and living near Green Lake makes it too easy to catch mere trout. NoFuckingBeads.com has my experiences. Comments are always welcome.
     
  4. The Duke

    The Duke Been around

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    January 2nd, 2011, I caught my first ever steelhead. I had just received a TFO switch rod and a couple of steelheading books for Christmas, so with my new available techniques and knowledge I was sure that my chances for catching one of these majestic creatures had gone way up. On my first day out with my revamped steelheadiness (not sure why spell check won't recognize this word :)) , I went one for one, on the swing no less. Bring on the fish!!! Since then, I have logged hundreds of hours, including a few multi-day trips with only one brief lost battle to show for it. Yesterday I spent 8 hours exploring on the OP, only to further my drought. Regardless of catching, each of these trips provide me with new lists of what not to do, where not to be, and what not to use. Someday I will have it narrowed down and actually get into some of these amazing fish. A few hundred fishless hours standing in near freezing temperatures isn't enough to get me down.
     
  5. Salmo_g

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    Duke,

    I'm sorry to report, but you seem to be a perfect candidate to become a steelheader. Good luck.

    Sg
     
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  6. John Wallace

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    I don't get much time and only fish about 5days to10days a year for all my fishing. Haven't got a Steelhead on a fly in about 20 to 25 years. Had one on a couple of year ago, what a blast. Only on for a couple of min. But should be out on the Snoq. Sat or Sun. or both. We will see.
     
  7. Klickrolf

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    Wow, sounds like a bummer for steelheading. My experience has been entirely different. First fly-caught steelhead was on the Deschutes and it was the first time I'd fished it with a fly. Caught plenty of steelhead before that on a spinning outfit.

    I watched my first fish take the fly, it was about 6' from the bank, took a wooly bugger on the surface. I was just plucking the fly out there while my brother hung up the fly rod for his gear rod, drift fishing with a corky and lead.

    I watched the fish take my fly. Since then it's only gotten better. Where I fish it's a 6 month season and I've been blessed with plenty of fish each year. You can only catch fish on what you're using...go back to gear and lead and you'll catch fish, fish a fly and you'll catch fish also...maybe not as many but the pure enjoyment will be on your side.
     
  8. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    I can't say that I've logged an inordinate amount of time "Steelheading" but I make at least two or three trips (1-2 days each) to the OP each Winter and fish locally at home once in awhile for half a day but I've only hooked (not landed) one fish in 5-6 yrs of trying. But I almost always catch something when I'm out though, a big cutt or salmon, but the Chromers have allude me. Most of the problem is that I mostly fish small rivers and creeks with small steelhead numbers and I've refused to nymph on top of it. When my daughter was only about 11 mos old, I took a couple buddies to fish a couple spots on a nearby little river. I didn't want to get into the water with her on my back but one of my friends hook up a Steelhead in a spot I recommended. I think I know what to do and I'm probably doing most of the time but I probably need to up my chances by fishing larger, more productive waters instead searching for the needle in the haystack.
     
  9. SOPoker

    SOPoker Banned or Parked

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    I think part of the problem I am hearing over and over is perspective. Everyone is focusing on catching steelhead here, but anyone that fishes will tell you the majority of the time on the water is spent casting, rigging equipment, walking, reading water etc.. not just banging fish after fish over and over. So my recommendation is to focus and look forward to the time when you don't have a chrome steelhead on, those are the times that you can really count on, look forward too and turn into great adventures. If I was interested in just catching fish I would use a baitcaster, hevibeads, three treble hooks and a bag of prawns but alas I have learned to enjoy the time when i don't have fish on just as much which is why I fly fish. To answer your question the longest time I have gone without a fish is about 18 minutes (possibly an inaccurate figure)
     
  10. Dorylf

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    Hey, Gene, pretty sure I know that spot. Not open to fishing any more, if I'm right.

    Years ago, we were "steelhead stupid" there too. I remember fishing it having driven through six inches of snow to get there. With our four wheel drive, we were the only ones on the river that day. Come to think of it we caught a couple that day, so maybe not so stupid. Hmm...

    Phil
     
  11. Tracy Lauricella

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    I agree; obviously there is value in the process, or I wouldn't be putting in so much time and would have quit long ago. This morning for example, I was able to watch the sun come up while standing knee-deep in crystal clear water. An eagle flew right over my head while I was clearing ice from my guides. There was no one else around, and only the sounds of the wind and water to drown out the thoughts in my head.

    Even so, anyone that's ever caught a fish longs for that excited moment when the line goes taut, so as someone that's never caught a steelhead, it's interesting to me how long I've actively tried without catching one.

    Obviously if I just wanted to catch one and didn't care about the process, I could go stand with the crowds in Tokul creek and fish a 4' wide stream packed with fish. Not my idea of a good time, and I wouldn't enjoy it. So I stick to fishing the way I do- away from the busy crowded areas, and whenever I can grab time to do it.
     
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  12. David Dalan

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

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    Didn't catch my first steelhead until I was 22, then the next one was over a year later. I fished my ass off, I was (am?) just clueless. Been relatively constant since then.

    Steel skunks? 3-4 trips in a row, is the usual max. I do try avoiding places/times I think I will get skunked. Off the top of my head, since September, I'm about 8-9 hours per fish, including two spectacular "all day fishing" skunks. I mean no fish caught at all. Not even a foul hooked sucker. Zip.

    When I was living "on the farm" (Summer 08 - Summer 12) and fished less, my numbers (whatever the hell good they are) were better. I fished MAYBE 4 time in three years and (unless my memory fails me) I think those 4 trips produced 3 to hand and one LDR, @ about 2.5 hours per fish. Scott (a fishing bud) may have to call BS on my counting, he probably has a better memory than I and we may have fished more.

    But now I fish in the bitter cold and more often, thank god, and my hours per fish have gone up. And who cares? I just want to go fish ;-)
     
  13. David Dalan

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

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    I've seen fish pulled out on the GR in Feb when there was literally only tow places you could get through the ice on the GR between Bogans and the state line. I remember my feet being numb, and of course, not catching anything personally :)
     
  14. John Wallace

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    I do agree, even thought it has been over twenty years sence I caught a fish. It is about going out and having fun. If it was about catching fish I would have quite a long time ago. If I would have quite, I would have been out with my brother it the freezing cold floating down the Snoq. and gone thru two bottle of Fireball and still could feel my foot. I go for fun and be out with friends. That is the main reason I go.
     
  15. David Dalan

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

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    Here, here!