Steelhead Heaven

I fished the Snoqualamie Saturday morning and had maybe my greatest day of steelhead fishing yet. I was really just out to unwind for a couple of hours and see if any steelhead or salmon were in the river before I needed to take the wife wine tasting. I fished for an hour or so catching a few white fish and a SRC until I hit a long riffle I had never fished before. Perfect hole.

First cast, Steelie!!! A couple acrobatic leaps later and he was off. Second cast, Steelie, a small 4-5 pound hatchery that was much smaller than the first fish but chrome bright. A few minutes later I caught my biggest steelhead ever about a 14# wild fish. He took all of my line out and I had to chase him down stream. Serves me right for using a 6 weight rod.

At this point, I'm in shock and am giddy with delight. I've never caught a wild fish before. This was more like trout fishing than steelhead fishing. This is how it is supposed to be. How many fish are in this hole? I'm only 10 minutes from my house in North Bend how is this possible? All of these questions were running rampant in my mind.

I keep fishing the same riffle and after an hour or two I've caught 4 steelies (4#, 8#, 10#, 14# would be my guess)hooked at least 2 others and caught a dozen whitefish mixed in to confuse me and keep me on my toes. Two were chrome bright and the other two still in great shape.

I'm scared to go back because like any sequel it can never be as good as the original.

I think I died and went to Steelhead heaven, God, please let me stay.


Rob Blomquist

Formerly Tight Loops
Jammin! That sounds like heaven to me, too! congrats! Now, when will you be spilling the beans?

Genetic pollution damages wild
stocks, bonk those Hatchery Zombies!
Man SMOKIN!!!! That is awesome I live in North Bend also and would love to hit up the snoqualmie with you some weekend. I usually fish the south fork, but have been looking into nailing some steelies..!! Well let me know if you ever want to hook up, and thanks for giving me some hope, for I am still searching for my first steelie!!!! :THUMBSUP

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Be the guide...
Right on. Looks like I should have been looking for steelhead instead of salmon this weekend.

I found a few spots kind of like that last year off of David Powell rd (but not quite as friendly to me as yours...).

I found that one spot was only fishable or only held fish during certain water flows. So my window of fishing it was pretty limitted. The other spot fishes well under a variety of conditions, but especially right after a good rain and the fish are on the move.

I'm betting that you had one of those perfect timing kind of experiences. Rebember that spot (like you'd forget ...) and also the conditions.

I also live in NBend and like to hit the river often on my way to work in the mornings. Maybe we can hookup sometime...

Old Man

Just an Old Man
What do I know---I'm just an old man

He can't tell you because you'd be there all the time since your retired, And since I'm retired also I'd be there too. Ha Ha Ha :TONGUE

I know the 3 forks of the Snoqualamie quite well above the falls but I don't know much of the holes or names below the Falls. The riffle was near a golf course but I had to walk a ways so it may be closer to other entry points that are better named.

As far as the fly I was using, it is small, round, orange and I usually like mine "scrambled".


Richard E

Active Member
Great story! And, nicely written, too!

I can relate, as I had a similar day a couple of years ago, where I caught 3 steelhead and lost 6 more (my fishing partner said I lost more, but I'm sure he was just trying to get in his digs). And, having only caught a couple of steelies on a fly before, it was an ecstatic day for me.

Good for you!


Oncorhynchus clarki clarki
If you don't mind me asking, was this golf course, upstream or downstream of Fall City? Oh and great story, I enjoyed it, thanks.
NICE POST! Rent a big truck and haul us all to your spot.
You can have the place you want, lunch and drinks will be free.
All your jokes will be laughed at and all your stories will be beleved.
Money will be loaned to you, and if unmarried, you will be fixed up with someone's sister. Flies, leaders,etc., will all be taken care of
Is there anything else we can do? When and where do meet? What can we say? What can we do? :THUMBSUP
I could try to supply a sister (with her permission of course). Please supply your personal preferances to see if it matches up. I would also sweeten the pot by adding a case of your favorite brew or a bottle of your favorite Scotch. Ok! What are you waiting For! :THUMBSUP
Boys, I'm afraid steelhead heaven is under a few feet of water at this point. If the flows drop to about half of what they are I imagine it would be fishable again. I'll let you know :WINK

I have a wife and child so you all can keep your sisters and daughters:) but thanks for the offers.

As I mentioned before I was using an egg fly on a riffle about a mile upstream of a golf course. I'd be more precise if I knew the name of the hole or the golf course but there can't be too many.

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