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Wrote a too long reply addressing why I thought same fish a while ago but didn't post it. As GTony noted there is no way to know. But there are things that suggest and we can't know them from the vid's. The effects of hydraulics in a river speak volumes to steelhead and they can speak volumes to us if we take notice.
 

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There is no way to definitively know whether or not it was the same fish. But if it was, I hope all the ones I miss are stupid enough to hit again.
This isn't that uncommon. I've actually caught two different steelhead, three times each. (Actually didn't land the second fish the third time)

I know this, because I was sight fishing, and could see the fish in two feet of water the whole time.

I finally had to move to a different hole, in fear of killing the fish out of shear exhaustion.

I was trying to get my fly to a much larger fish under a branch, but on two different occasions, there was a fish that just really wanted my fly. No sooner had the fish regained its energy, it zipped over and grabbed the fly again.

On another trip, I caught a smaller steelie with a weird dorsal and tail fin, threw it back, and my buddy caught it ten minutes later. He decided to keep it.

I think steelies are just "reactionary" most times. Stick the right color/action fly in front of them, and it's like dangling a cheeseburger in front of the Hamburgalar. :p
 

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cool vid.

I know I would have called that blown out, then again, if I would have made the trip out and it looked like that, I'd still fish it....since I made the trip. Prolly wouldn't stick any fish, let alone two (or one, you'll never know) in the same run though...
 

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Some would say I should just shut up and I think I should too...

Couple things though...for the guy wanting to swing for the take. Notice Travis took one cast between steps after he had the amount of line out he wanted to fish (could be wrong about this, vid editing dependent?). The spot he hooked the fish he took two casts and hooked it on the second. Why? Maybe the fish took on the first cast but no hookup? Maybe Travis knew something we can't see from the vid? Where would the fish be holding after that encounter?

It's fast water and if a fish takes in fast water it'll almost always hold below where it was first hooked, hydraulics. Over time it may move back to the same lie but my experience says it'll hold below initially and it's already lit up, ready and fully awake. That's how I see it, it was a player from the start but became more aggressive because it was fooled off it's lie and forced to fight briefly. Food for thought, what's a player up to after a long distance release in fast water?
 
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