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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:11 pm 
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Grand to hear you got the skunk off.
Big time bummer on the lost rig.
Hope to get back to the left coast again one day.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:18 pm 
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Thought I might add a few flicks from a recent trip. I'd like for just a normal year out here. This year the record rain and snowfall was all for naught because the snowpack was gone by June and once again it was a low water year. Not only that, but the numbers of fish that returned were about a 4th of the ten year historical average.
I still got into a fish or two...

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However I am getting much better with this camera doo-hickey and the photo editing software. Here are a couple of shots that came out alright, at least IMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:40 am 
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John
Thanks for coming back and wiggling the knife occasionally just to make it hurt all over again Dang those fish are nice.

Nice pictures dude! I'd say you have it figured out.


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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:23 pm 
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Nice shots-- Thx ,John

What is that round thing in the water to your right in the second picture ?

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:41 pm 
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Honestly I have not a clue. I did not notice it until you pointed it out. I had witnessed a fish roll not 40 feet away from where my buddy was casting and I was trying to capture the take.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:35 pm 
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So far this winter & spring have been kinda tough. Low returns and unusually cold water has made the few fish found very sluggish and reluctant to come to the fly.

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One highlight has been a certain river known for extensive gill netting conducted on tribal waters resulting in poor returns, had one of it's best returns in over a decade. I was fortunate enough to have an encounter or two.

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Friend of a friend had an encounter with an absolute stud of a hatchery fish.

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Friend of mine is kind enough to let me borrow his sled from time to time. Hopefully this river(The Skagit) remains open next year for a spring C&R season.

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Friend and customer with a minty fish from the peninsula. This man beat cancer but suffers from neuropathy from the rounds of chemo he endured. Every fish he gets is a trophy. Even a little 10lbs fish like this one.

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My return to the holy land.

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The day before the fella I was fishing with swung this up in front of me. This fish was a horse.

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Fiddling with the camera shutter speeds and burst shooting and I got a killer shot like this... Kinda proud of myself on this one.

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I finally got to check this one off the bucket list, I will return. The mojo is too strong to only go once.

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Last day just before I TKO'd my camera. Drat! Oh well.

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:20 pm 
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Now those are some fish!
Beautiful photos, man. Thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
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As always, Thanks for sharing John, Damn beautiful country there. And some beautiful photos to boot.


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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
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Hell Yes !!! :D Damn good fishing and pretty photos.
Well done Darth my boy

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 Post subject: Re: I hate steelhead!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:54 am 
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Sorry it has been so long since I've posted an update; things out here have been a little hectic. Mom had a stroke, thank goodness it was a mini-stroke and she's recovered well. I spent about a month in Denver looking after her and truth be told, she didn't need me there after the first week. I did sneak away to snap a photo or two...

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Since then I've only seriously been out once for steelhead. Friend of mine made an 18 hour drive up from his home near the Colorado/New Mexico border where he guides for trout down there on blue lines and tailwaters. He brought along a buddy of his, a Colorado trout guy to get his first taste of PNW steelhead. Unfortunately he came in the midst of the worst return of our lifetime. Hopefully things shape up better next year.

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New guy picked up the two handed rod thing pretty quick, might hafta start charging folks for lessons ;)

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My spey protege still has the mojo firing strong D loops off into likely buckets.

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On the last day one fish did come out to play. He didn't put on much of a show, but he was definitely in control, he let us catch him because I was not in control of that fish at all.

Hopefully I'll have more to show you this spring.

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