Could they have been steels?

#1
I finally got to fish today on the Snoqualmie up from where the south fork joins. At a tempting spot I noticed what looked like several brown torpedo shapes in the current. Weed? Logs? Both seemed unlikely given the speed of the current. They reminded me of what I had seen a few years ago downstream of the Wallace Hatchery. My fishing buddy had pointed to them and I in my ignorance said ‘“what are they”? He replied by catching one and it turned out to be a rather large steelhead! So I decided to wade out towards the torpedo’s because they just couldn’t be big fish. As I got about 6 feet from the nearest torpedo it move sideways further out by a foot or two! I walked back to the car and tooled up with a small selection of steelhead flies. I then proceeded to cast my selection of flies at the torpedo's from all angles other than the optimum one as there was a large tree/bush in the way. I tried going up stream through the jungle to the other side of the tree/bush but the bank there was steep and straight into what looked like deep water. I didn’t want my last glimpse of my wife to be as I drifted downstream to the falls!

Eventually feeling rather tired I gave up but it was a hard decision to make. The questions are:-

1. Have I gone mad because of the noise of the helicopter? (see post)

2. Did I really see fish?

3. Were they steels?

4. If the answer to 3 is Yes, how should I have tried to catch them?


For a full account of the trip and my encounter with the helicopter and the Sherriff please see http://breakingrods.blogspot.co.uk
Fishing in WA is so exciting!
 
#3
Jason,
Thanks for putting me straight, I bet there are chaps laughing their socks off all over the State! If there were steels above the falls that would be some fish ladder.
Kind regards Alan C
PS I would still like to know what the Sherriff's helicopter was doing circling all afternoon?
 
#5
Jason,
Thanks for putting me straight, I bet there are chaps laughing their socks off all over the State! If there were steels above the falls that would be some fish ladder.
Kind regards Alan C
PS I would still like to know what the Sherriff's helicopter was doing circling all afternoon?
What did your friend catch then? It's hard to mistake a rather large steelhead with a similar sized fish in that river.

The Sheriff was probably taking blooper reels of the steelhead fishermen above the South Fork on the Snoqualmie :)

Oh, and from your blog, "hell" is not a swear word among fishermen. I have yet to find one except "skunked."

Good luck during your time here! You will have a blast!
 
#7
Jason,
Thanks for putting me straight, I bet there are chaps laughing their socks off all over the State! If there were steels above the falls that would be some fish ladder.
Kind regards Alan C
PS I would still like to know what the Sherriff's helicopter was doing circling all afternoon?

Just a guess but I believe he was probably looking for someone on the run in that area. Which is maybe why the park rangers were hanging out with your wife.

Also, I have to agree with everyone else. You probably saw a few big suckers.
 
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Evan Virnoche

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#8
I heard that new fish latter got completed. Pretty cool they can now make it up there. I hear it is a fishcalator and doesn't tire the steel out. Its perfect now they can daart to my fly quicker
 

FT

Active Member
#9
Not only is the new fish ladder in operation at the falls, fish and wildlife has been putting some Babine strain summer runs in the south fork to help get a run of those oversized summer steelhead established.

And I have some wonderful river front property for sale in Kuwait.
 
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Evan Virnoche

Guest
#10
Not only is the new fish ladder in operation at the falls, fish and wildlife has been putting some Babine strain summer runs in the south fork to help get a run of those oversized summer steelhead established.

And I have some wonderful river front property for sale in Kuwait.
Is it as good as the salmon fishing in yemen?
 

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