Steelhead

Tom Johnston

Been around a while
#1
Well from the looks of it on this board steelhead are a popular subject right now! Either some members have gotten mad or were thankful for the info shared on fishing for steelhead. I my self have not fished for steelhead on the fly, but would love to start that fishless passion(wait all of my FF trips are fishless bawling:). How many people are hardcore steelhead chasers or would consider themselves to be? Which is best summer run or winter run? I have fished for them once last winter on the Cowlitz river with gear. I fished the day that the Chehalis river rose really fast and flooded Chehalis.
 

Jake Bannon

nymphs for steelhead....
#6
Im in the proccess of switching from gear to fly but as far as fishing for them in general Its my favorite fish to chase and I do it alot Imo, sometimes in fall but especially during summer and winter, pretty much any chance I get. Both summer runs and winter fish have goods and bads so I couldnt tell you what is "better".
 

Tom Johnston

Been around a while
#7
Im in the proccess of switching from gear to fly but as far as fishing for them in general Its my favorite fish to chase and I do it alot Imo, sometimes in fall but especially during summer and winter, pretty much any chance I get. Both summer runs and winter fish have goods and bads so I couldnt tell you what is "better".
Its closer for you to shoot over the Hood Canal and fish huh?
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#8
I fish for steelhead nearly exclusively. I fish for winter fish mostly.

Save for one small stream that can't be swung, I don't nymph. Maybe that's why I don't fish there all that much.


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steve s

Active Member
#9
Steelhead is my fish of choice. I used to strictly fish for trout and really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of it, matching the hatch, tying the flies to imitate insects etc. But in the past three or four years I have found myself fishing for trout less and less and spending more time on steelhead rivers. I don't catch nearly as many fish but now each steelhead feels more like a sense of accomplishment than any trout did. I still fish for trout occasionally, usually between April and June when the steelhead rivers are closed.
As for which rivers have more, that can depend on the year, summer or winter, hatchery or wild.
Steve
 

Zen Piscator

Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.
#10
As a person who has spend hours not catching steelhead, I have some expert ruminations.

Steelhead are the highest king of the cold water
Steelhead are the force that keeps me looking forward
Steelhead are why I never have any money
Steelhead are why I never have dry waders
Steelhead are why my car (throught myself and another steelhead bum) has 350,000 miles on it
Steelhead are why I can't stop smiling each rivermorning when the fog still keeps them grabby
Steelhead are our last best hope
Steelhead never lie
Steelhead fishing never leaves you barren if you really love it
Steelhead make you incomprehensible to the uninfected
Steelhead are not easy to catch
 
#11
As a person who has spend hours not catching steelhead, I have some expert ruminations.

Steelhead are the highest king of the cold water
Steelhead are the force that keeps me looking forward
Steelhead are why I never have any money
Steelhead are why I never have dry waders
Steelhead are why my car (throught myself and another steelhead bum) has 350,000 miles on it
Steelhead are why I can't stop smiling each rivermorning when the fog still keeps them grabby
Steelhead are our last best hope
Steelhead never lie
Steelhead fishing never leaves you barren if you really love it
Steelhead make you incomprehensible to the uninfected
Steelhead are not easy to catch
I think you forget, "Steelhead are why my drawers are soiled." :rofl:
 

g_smolt

Recreational User
#13
The chasing of steelhead is not an easy task to describe, nor do they lend themselves well to flowing prose...

They are best talked about in short, choppy sentences (good ones, Z), quiet mumbles, or wide-eye incoherent ravings.

Steelhead make even the smartest folks lose their minds occasionally, and once you dive in to the life, you will understand completely.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#15
Fishing for steelhead is like riding Harleys (or any other passion); if I have to explain it to you, you will never understand.