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 Post subject: Steelhead day 1
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:48 am 
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I have a habit of starting way to early on the steelhead. As soon as the first word that fish are staging I have always gone right to the mouths of the tribs and stripped streamers. It doesn't work very often. Then for the next 4 or 5 weeks I would drive around Western New York from the PA line to almost Rochester trying to find fish picking up one here or there but mostly nothing. My wife said that if I ever wrote a biography I should title it Driving Around Looking at Water.

So this year I told myself I would not fish for steelhead until November. And for all but once I stuck to my guns, fishing for wild trouts in the small streams. We got a dump of rain Thursday night and Friday morning so I figured that would bring in a good run. My friend Manny and I drove an hour and a half (with the mandatory stop at Tim Hortons) down to a good stream in Westfield, NY. We got there just before sun up and there were only 2 cars ahead of us. When we got down to the water three people had locked down the falls I wanted and to make it worse they were netting a nice fresh chromer as we walked by. We hammered the water for hours and didn't even get a bump. Then I got one! The smallest steelhead I have ever seen. It would have been fun on a 2wt but on the 7 I pulled it out of the water on the hook set.

We met several other guys who had no luck either. As we walked back I asked the group who were fishing the falls if they had seen fish jumping the falls and they said only a few. Then I asked if they had caught some. He said yeah some where around 30 hook ups. I guess they all stopped at that falls to rest after running in from the lake.

We decided to stop at a smaller stream on the way back home for a little. I was swinging streamers, I hooked and lost one right off the bat. But then nothing. No one around us hooked up and it was looking grim. I kept getting a wiff of a cigar one of the guys was smoking so I decided to go back to the truck get a cigar and once that was done call it a day. I barely got the damn thing lit when an aggressive male hammered my streamer on the down stream swing.

It was a tough fight... he was hot and ran several times jumping etc. I posted some video on my instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbFv5s7hfJj ... rjeeves716

If you're not familiar how Instagram works you can post multiple videos and pictures on the same post. When you pull that link up there is a bigger "play" triangle in the center of the video and a smaller "pointing right triangle" on the right hand edge of the video. That small one is to scroll through all the videos and pictures on that thread.

Here are some photos

Smallest steelhead ever

ImageSteelhead November 17 by rjeeves, on Flickr

Manny working a run

ImageSteelhead November 17 by rjeeves, on Flickr

Trying a different place

ImageSteelhead November 17 by rjeeves, on Flickr

Tail Walking

ImageSteelhead November 17 by rjeeves, on Flickr

Landed

ImageSteelhead November 17 by rjeeves, on Flickr

Grip and Grin

ImageSteelhead November 17 by rjeeves, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Steelhead day 1
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:42 pm 
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Way cool, Rob! Man, I want to come do that sometime. Always have wanted to catch a steelhead.


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 Post subject: Re: Steelhead day 1
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Way to go Rob!

Grand post & pictures.

Your Steelhead in the first picture looks just like the two I caught the one and
only time I ever fished for Steelhead (@ 25 years ago). On the Cowlitz River
near Vancouver, WA. After casting streamers and "Steelhead flys" for an hour
or so with no bites, while seeing big silver fish flashing in the river...

Changed to drifting a #6 PT Nymph. Both had parr marks like regular Rainbows
and, since I was fishin' in a known Steelhead River...

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