Best place to live for steelhead?

Panhandle

Active Member
#17
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Don't even worry about it. It's glorified trout fishing and the steel is not year round. They don't fight, you can catch them on tiny trout nymphs,and there is no winter coastal runs. All in all it's closer to trout fishing than actual steelhead, although you can put up some pretty impressive numbers....of hatchery fish.
What the hell are you talking about it?:confused:
 
#18
Adam,
I see...now that the Californians have tripled your land value you are moving back south, is that it. Tired of fighting the property taxes?
Serioulsy, are you considering moving? Winters and griz getting to much for you?
Mike
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#19
I wouldn't really call these winters, or at least a winter compared to western Montana winters. As for Griz... I'm disapointed I haven't seen one yet around here. Not seriously considering it, more like entertianing it. I love where I live so much, I'm just missing the readily available steelhead thing. You know how it is: with kids, I have to pick and choose my trips wisely. I would love to fish for steelhead they way I'm able to for trout. The problem is-- I don't really get off on trout fishing anymore. I get excited, go out, catch a fish, go EEEEEEEEEEY:hmmm: and go home.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#20
Don't even worry about it. SE WA is not all it's cracked up to be. It's glorified trout fishing and the steel is not year round. They don't fight, you can catch them on tiny trout nymphs,and there is no winter coastal runs. All in all it's closer to trout fishing than actual steelhead, although you can put up some pretty impressive numbers....of hatchery fish.

Agreed. Everyone should stay away. Forget I mentioned it.
 

rainbow

My name is Mark Oberg
#21
I live In long beach Washington. about as sw as you can get. Just about 15 minutes to oregon. I have a lot of choices here to find steelies. Is awsum year round porkers between salmon and steelhead.
 
#22
Being a long time native of Idaho, I sure as hell wouldn't move near the Little Salmon for the "war fishing" that occurs every year for steelhead and salmon fishing. That is where cowboy's are fighting each other, saying every slew of racist words to the Indians netting salmon and selling them to tourists for $10 and people are casting above you, via the use of tree stands. It is combat fishing at its finest and I do mean combat. My friend who is a local police dept in Riggins, ID often has to go and examine the aftermath of two drunk fishermen that got into it.
 

Hal Eckert

Active Member
#23
Being a long time native of Idaho, I sure as hell wouldn't move near the Little Salmon for the "war fishing" that occurs every year for steelhead and salmon fishing. That is where cowboy's are fighting each other, saying every slew of racist words to the Indians netting salmon and selling them to tourists for $10 and people are casting above you, via the use of tree stands. It is combat fishing at its finest and I do mean combat. My friend who is a local police dept in Riggins, ID often has to go and examine the aftermath of two drunk fishermen that got into it.
Sounds interesting must say have seen a lot of combat steelhead and salmon fishing venues in the last 27 years in the western GLs but nothing like you describe here.

:eek::beer2:

HE
 

David Prutsman

All men are equal before fish
#24
I think the problem is all the guys who have never fly fished or even fished at all that are starting out steelheading. They need to ease into fly fishing with a species a little bit less bizarre and complicated and quite spooking every fish for miles. Don't go for the glory so fast people!

They are just trout, people make them more complicated than it really is.

David
 
#26
Pan, since it sounded like you went to the Clearwater Spey Clave and know what the area is about, I really think you would like living in the LC Valley. Locally, you have access to the Clearwater, SF of the Clearwater, Grand Rhonde, Salmon River, NF of the Clearwater and great trout fishing during those non-steelheading times.
 
#29
That is so easy. Mount Vernon. PERIOD. Wait......

It will be a lot better too once this new generation of fly angler steelhead newbies realize how hard it really is and that they are wasting their time, for now anyway. I am hoping the numbers of newbies twindle in the near future. Last spring the Skagit and Sauk were a NIGHTMARE!

I think the problem is all the guys who have never fly fished or even fished at all that are starting out steelheading. They need to ease into fly fishing with a species a little bit less bizarre and complicated and quite spooking every fish for miles. Don't go for the glory so fast people!

Oh and QUIT FOLLOWING ME! Sorry for the rant but I may need to rephrase my answer:

Up until 3 years ago, it was Mount Vernon.........Now I am not so sure.
Don't forget YOU to were once a newbie. It's not that complicated. Like others here have already stated it's trout fishing.
 

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