Poor eastside steelhead rivers.

slim

Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!
#5
Always wondered with all that great steelheading water on the west side of the state. Why do so many head over the cascades to fish our "innocent little bodies of water"?
 
#7
Always wondered with all that great steelheading water on the west side of the state. Why do so many head over the cascades to fish our "innocent little bodies of water"?
cuz the columbia river doesnt come this way:) .... i can fish to 300 steelhead here or a few thousand over there....
 
#8
cuz the columbia river doesnt come this way:) .... i can fish to 300 steelhead here or a few thousand over there....
Western Washington steelhead must be smarter than eastern Washington steelhead. I doubt the upriver Columbia system produces more steelhead than the whole of the Oly Pen, Puget Sound, Chehalis system and Hood Canal. Maybe someone with those darn scientific numbers could comment but I like my chances here on the wet side. Disclaimer: I have had my best steelhead day ever in Eastern Wa. I am a Eastern Wa native and disagree with the statement "Western Washington steelhead must be smarter than eastern Washington steelhead." Dammit!!! Now I'm really confused!!!!:beathead:
 
#9
Especially with all of this damn interweb machine talk about em'
I agree. I have been attacked for saying that. Called an asshole. Called xenophobic or something like that. Called all kinds of crap on this site....

So many ignorant anglers who haven't fished long enough to know..........I realized how things go and how important keeping a low profile is when the Sky C&R closed ten years ago and suddenly the Skagit C&R had 4X as many boats and anglers. That might as well have been 100 years ago to the internet fishermen.

I think all these newer anglers just don't realize what it is like to lose something like that but they will certainly know in time. :hmmm:

They have the passion but not yet the wisdom.

Was anyone there when the Methow re-opened in 2002? There was hardly a soul around and the fishing was stupid. So stupid I put my rod down. So stupid I didn't take a picture. So stupid it ruined my long time steelhead partner. He caught 30+ in a day including many natives and he just didn't want to go back to the Skagit. After that experience, the last thing I was going to do was run for the nearest computer and start propping up my ego. I think there are a lot of us types but our voices get drown out by a bunch of lazy whiners who want steelhead by the truck load and hope to someday be called the "greatest" or "legendary" or.........

And don't get me wrong, I think there is a place for an internet forum on fly fishing in WA. I come here to learn a few new tricks. Hear some new perspective. Dispense technical advice when I can et cetera. I just wish anglers realized that these fisheries aren't here to stay, are very sensitive, and the quality of fishing goes down dramatically when they get played out by the internet.
 

Trent

Ugly member
#11
Count yourselves lucky on the eastside. For the most part "they" just come for a few days and fish and then go home. Think about us from the westside. All the folks from the big cities (Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia) and the folks from out of state (east coast, california, and so on). They didn't go home after visiting...they frickin stayed and moved on in. Crowding out everything, making traffic congestion where there never was any, and whole slew of other shit.
 
#12
Western Washington steelhead must be smarter than eastern Washington steelhead. I doubt the upriver Columbia system produces more steelhead than the whole of the Oly Pen, Puget Sound, Chehalis system and Hood Canal. Maybe someone with those darn scientific numbers could comment but I like my chances here on the wet side. Disclaimer: I have had my best steelhead day ever in Eastern Wa. I am a Eastern Wa native and disagree with the statement "Western Washington steelhead must be smarter than eastern Washington steelhead." Dammit!!! Now I'm really confused!!!!:beathead:
Uh, I would be interested in seeing numbers too, but wouldn't doubt it if the Columbia had more fish.
 
#13
Poor eastside steelhead rivers...

I agree, the crowds are tough. But anglers standing on every rock hammering hatchery fish is only one issue... and as long as Pan left the door open on interpretation as to why we should feel sympathy, here I go again...;)

Returns of steel to the Rhonde, Clearwater and mainstem Snake have been paralyzed by hydro projects on the Lower Snake.
In 1962 over 115,000 wild steel cam back to Idaho/WA/OR (Imnaha). 2009 you have something like 34,000.

Mourn the the east side rivers because we traded their living, breathing genetic heritage for a few Kilowatts of power so Cali (and we) can run their (our) air conditioners a little more cheaply...
Unless we make a decision to turn that around, our grandkids will surely wonder why we sold our rivers down the river. :beathead:
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#14
I have my own rock. I bring it with me so I always have one to stand on when I fish.

As for the thread heading, the same can be said of steelhead runs throughout their range. They never stood a chance. We begin by over fishing, then we degrade and destroy the habitat, further reducing potential abundance, and then we crowd around the last best places, competing for a rock to stand on to gain a chance at the last fish.

Sg
 

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