Upper Columbia Steelhead Season

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#16
He very well may return hatch fish, although I think that the location(s) that he likes to fish are more likely to have much higher wild to hatchery fish ratios. He also generally catches multiple species in a day. In one day he quite regularly will catch cutt's, bull's, kings, and steelhead. I don't know if he caught any coho last year.

I'm sure he does kill his alotted hatch fish though as I've had his smoked steelhead from there. Very nice!

It's a lovely river and it can be quite soothing to have that eastside sun pound you when it's raining over here. I do enjoy it. I'm contemplating taking my daughters over if it opens to camp and fish, have a whiskey drink by the fire at night, and smile. The rain is here already so you gotta get your vitamin D somehow.

Go Sox,
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Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#18
I would enjoy that. I'll let you know if I am headed over. His beer is nothing short of excellent. That Porter is just perfect when the chill comes at night. Impressive work indeed.

Go So,
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BDD

Active Member
#19
I love fishing indicators in still water and can't imagine any other technique that lets you get the fish dialed in like that does...absolutely deadly. However when it comes to moving waters, I love the simplicity of tying one knot, casting, swinging and waiting for the big yank, whether it is a fly or spoon. Maybe I'm just too lazy but the idea of a bobber (and its necessary depth adjustment), split shot, double fly, mending, stripping, casting just amounts to more work than I want to do most days. I guess that is why floating line fishing rivers is so appealing; not as much work and a more pleasurable way for me to fish, if the conditions for success are conducive.

Fish how you want, so long as it is legal and minimizes our impact on the fish themselves and you respect the resource.
 
#20
I love fishing indicators in still water and can't imagine any other technique that lets you get the fish dialed in like that does...absolutely deadly. However when it comes to moving waters, I love the simplicity of tying one knot, casting, swinging and waiting for the big yank, whether it is a fly or spoon. Maybe I'm just too lazy but the idea of a bobber (and its necessary depth adjustment), split shot, double fly, mending, stripping, casting just amounts to more work than I want to do most days. I guess that is why floating line fishing rivers is so appealing; not as much work and a more pleasurable way for me to fish, if the conditions for success are conducive.

Fish how you want, so long as it is legal and minimizes our impact on the fish themselves and you respect the resource.
Let's not forget they eat on the surface there from time to time as well.
 

BDD

Active Member
#21
Let's not forget they eat on the surface there from time to time as well.
Maybe so but how about this scenario. One angler fishes dry flies exclusively while the other angler selects either bobbers and jigs, spoons or a center pin outfit. They all fish the same days and the same number of days during the season. The person who catches the most hatchery fish gets a fishing trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid. What would you fish? ;)
 
#22
Maybe so but how about this scenario. One angler fishes dry flies exclusively while the other angler selects either bobbers and jigs, spoons or a center pin outfit. They all fish the same days and the same number of days during the season. The person who catches the most hatchery fish gets a fishing trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid. What would you fish? ;)
depends on the day and run. I have seen days where dries are the most effective thing, period.

otherwise, the answer is always spoons.
 

BDD

Active Member
#23
That was my point but I didn't make it clear. You are fishing over the course of the entire season, from October to March. Sure there may be a few days here and there where the dry line may outfish anything else and maybe even the dry fly. I guess that is one thing great about the sport, we can chose our respective weapons.

While a good spoon angler will probably hook more, I think there are other methods that may have a better landing ratio or catch per unit effort so it might be closer with a "fish to hand" requirement.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#25
Anybody who "needs" to catch a steelhead shouldn't be fishing for them. Consequently the best way to fish for steelhead is with the method that delivers the greatest satisfaction to the angler. If there is a reasonable chance that a steelhead will rise to the surface, there is no way I'm pissin' away my late summer, early fall fishing opportunity fishing a deep sunk anything. It's fun hooking a steelhead on bait drifted along the stream bottom, but it ranks a one on the fun-o-meter compared to a ten hooking one on the surface, any day of the week. I don't have enough time left in this life to waste it fishing a method that I'm positive will work. I want to use a method that just might work.

Sg
 

Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
#27
I have never been on that river and had a gear guy out fish me (Ok Willie keeps up and there was that one day were he did catch a silver and I didn't, but that guy is way the exception versus the rule). Take the fly rod, it works better when used correctly. Now if you have more confidence in your gear rod and you do better with it than the fly rod, than ok I get it.

Or you could use a center pin with a fly :D
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#28
Or you could use a center pin with a fly :D
Yeah, I've been thinking about that a lot. The biggest problem with a gear rod and the way I fished was line control in the current, but then I watched you worked that center pin and my mind started going crazy with possibilities. Last night I just watched a show about guys using center pins on the Skeena system. Of course when you are able to helicopter into water like they were any method may have worked, and the water they were fishing was small so no real need for gear but still it was cool to watch. I really need to try it and I have a good feeling that I'm not going to leave it to chance this year to meet up with someone to give it a try. You center pinners be looking for a PM.
 
#29
Yeah, I've been thinking about that a lot. The biggest problem with a gear rod and the way I fished was line control in the current, but then I watched you worked that center pin and my mind started going crazy with possibilities. Last night I just watched a show about guys using center pins on the Skeena system. Of course when you are able to helicopter into water like they were any method may have worked, and the water they were fishing was small so no real need for gear but still it was cool to watch. I really need to try it and I have a good feeling that I'm not going to leave it to chance this year to meet up with someone to give it a try. You center pinners be looking for a PM.
Hell, if you make a trip over at a time that I'm not planning on going, you can take mine along to try your ideas.
 

Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
#30
Yeah, I've been thinking about that a lot. The biggest problem with a gear rod and the way I fished was line control in the current, but then I watched you worked that center pin and my mind started going crazy with possibilities. Last night I just watched a show about guys using center pins on the Skeena system. Of course when you are able to helicopter into water like they were any method may have worked, and the water they were fishing was small so no real need for gear but still it was cool to watch. I really need to try it and I have a good feeling that I'm not going to leave it to chance this year to meet up with someone to give it a try. You center pinners be looking for a PM.

You are more than welcome to give my back up center pin rig a try if you decide to go to the Methow this year or heck you can give it a try on a local river as well if you would like. I still regret not getting picture of that steelhead I landed when I was showing you the center pin last fall, she was a beaut.
 

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