Where Is The Best Steelheading In The World

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by ambassadeur10000, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    In December of 1968 it was the best place for me. I still remember my first steelhead like it was yesterday. Sammy Specials rules.
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  2. gearhead

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    im 48, and i gotta tell ya...i do miss the old days, i was very lucky and caught the tail end of the last of the great steelhead days. i started in 1981 i think. back then the Green was amazing and had huge fish, ( i dont seem to remember nets in it back then), i miss the gorge. the Cedar was my favorite steelhead river, but then the indian nets appeared at shilshole and the locks about the same time i started fishing it, add to that, a few seals, and the run went from several thousand to less than a 100. i hit the Hoh a few times back then and oh my, that was amazing. the cowlitz was putting out fish over 30 pounds every year way back then, i got one that was 27lbs. i agree, the best days are behind us.
     
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  3. golfman44

    golfman44 5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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  4. William Wallace

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    Enjoyed Darth's video he posted. Boy do I remember fishing those days on the Green. What I loved watching was the tackle from the time.

    Boy have things changed!

    William
     
  5. Michael K. Smith

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    Well, they aren't the biggest fish in the world by any stretch but the Trinity River in Northern California can produce some really impressive numbers. Last October I had 26 hookups in a single day, but only 6 to the boat (they are apparently better fish than I am fisherman). I'm headed down there today so I'll let you know what January fishing looks like.

    Mike
     
  6. Evan Burck

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    SE Alaska. I've experienced it. Next to Russia, probably the most pure runs of steelhead. Lucky for them, the fisheries are pretty inaccessible unless you have a few hundred grand to invest in a long range boat from the nearest marina, as well as the gas to do some exploring. Because I know the few who are doing these fisheries sure as hell aren't going to tell you where to go unless you pay them $4-5k for a week of guiding. And even then, they'd probably blindfold you if there was any indication that you had access to a capable boat.
     
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    Gearhead,

    Your post is a perfect example that personal benchmarks define everything for a fisherman. By 1981 the Muckleshoots had been heavily gillnetting the Green/Duwamish since 1974. Same with the Cedar/Shilshole and the Hoh. If you think steelhead were abundant then, imagine what the fishing was like prior to 1974 when tribal harvests were barely noticeable.

    BTW, if the Cowlitz was reqularly putting out 30+ pound steelhead, there should be a few records I could look up, but I can't find any. But you did get the last part right; the best days in terms of abundance and size (which tends to be a function of abundance) are long gone.

    Sg
     
  8. Joe Goodfellow

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    You guys lost faith lets try and make them better then before. Why do people just watch things past them by. Do you ever want to hear " grandpa what was a steelhead like?"
     
  9. PT

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    Suggestions? Magic wand? While you're at it, would you restore those 100# Elwah chinook? :)
     
  10. Dan Page

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    Darthmonkey,
    I'm with you. Take me to the Kola!
     
  11. inland

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    Right here on the internet. Best in the history of the planet. Otherwise, pretty sure the steelheading sucks ass on the Kola peninsula. Salmon fishing can be pretty good, but it ain't cheap.
     
  12. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    Darth, that was a really great set of photos! It reminds me of a time when I was a kid, a long, long time ago. A simpler time, and kind of makes me a little sad. Joe's right, though; working together it can be that way again, but it takes a shitload of work from all of us, and probably some confrontations along the way.

    Occupy Skagit, 29 March, 2014--be there!
     
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  14. Jamie Wilson

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    they're workin on it
     
  15. Jamie Wilson

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    I caught steelhead in the Sammamish slough in '81
     
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