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 Post subject: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:57 pm 
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This year has been a bad year for steelhead; not enough rain and ocean conditions have been not helping average size of fish. No hero shots, I mostly fish by myself and I won't throw a 30" hen on the rocks for a pic. I'm hoping for some rain and cooler temps next month and kick out east, but I figure some of you fine folks would enjoy a few scenery shots in the meantime...

These two are from a river about 20 miles from my house, the summer run has traditionally sucked, but doesn't get pounded very hard and there aren't too many bears, mountain lions, or meth-heads around. Meth-heads are a bit of a problem around a lot of puget sound rivers, a LOT of people get their car broken into.

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This river is about an hour away from me, and is a bit of the sacrificial lamb, gets a good summer run of hatchery fish, but just gets pounded to death. Also has a good run of winter fish that don't get hit nearly as hard. The upside is when the water is as low and clear as it is now, it looks like something out of the Gaspe Peninsula...

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I also got a new rod that is by far the best scandinavian shooting head rod I've ever had the pleasure to cast.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:42 pm 
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Thanks John-
Good to see ya still hangin round with us, Great Pics! love the clarity on the water of that next to last shot. What an outstanding looking fishery.


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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:54 pm 
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The picture doesn't do it justice, it was something in the range of 25 foot of visibility. I need to get a good DSLR to take some real high quality shots, and a good photo editing program. The run above there was chock full of jig floaters but gin clear and around 4 foot deep till you got to the slot on the opposite bank where it dropped to about 7 feet. Steelhead crushed something on the surface, I almost re-rigged a skater on a dry-line to hike back up and fish over that fish. But it was just barely out of my casting range, like 110 feet or so.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:51 pm 
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A few more from a recent trip to hallowed grounds...

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:16 pm 
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Thanks for the great posts. Would love to get to the West Coast some day.

Glad you are taking care of those precious fish.
I just read this article last week and had no idea about this type of mortality caused by landing fish:


http://www.ginkandgasoline.com/blog/page/2/

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:21 pm 
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John always enjoy your posts man, keep them coming! Glad you are well


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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:19 pm 
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A few more from yesterday. The water was low, around 2,200cfs yesterday. Now it is sitting a little over 16,000cfs. Oy vey!

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Things get a little crowded on this river, but that is the risk you run fishing so close to civilization.

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New rod & reel...

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The circle of life

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As I've said before, I won't throw one of these fish on the rocks for a picture and there were a few fish that came out to play. I hope you enjoy, I know I did.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
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A few more pics from this year so far

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
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Keep them coming my man, love the "mohawk" haircut.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
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Grip'n Grin, just so you know I don't go out there and take pictures of the water.

Hatchery Coho out of the salt from yesterday.

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Hatchery steelhead from a few days ago

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Yes I am wet wading for steelhead, I'm spoiled.

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