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Offline J.Brower

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Winter Steelhead
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:19:08 PM »
Anyone get out much in the winter for metal heads? Itís been a few years since Iíve hit it hard and thinking I should dust off the float rod and spend some time this winter on the crik. Never done real good, but always have a good time on the smaller rivers looking for a needle in a haystack.


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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2020, 08:08:28 PM »
Better do it.
Fishing on hatchery fish?

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2020, 08:16:35 PM »
Forgetaboutit, at least for hatchery fish in the Puget Sound rivers..  :twocents:

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2020, 08:35:22 PM »
Wanna sell that 87?

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2020, 09:12:51 PM »
Better do it.
Fishing on hatchery fish?
Depends on the location. Couple places open next month that donít have many hatchery fish left. Mainly just whatever bites that day, or doesnít


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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2020, 09:28:18 PM »
Good luck.
I hope we get some returning fish.
We shall see or another sled might hit the market.  Lol

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2020, 10:19:56 PM »
I normally fish 2-3 days a week in the winter chasing steelhead. I try to stay away from the ďhot spotsĒ and find mine own little stretch of water. I primarily swing spoons and every once in a while grab the spay rod. The take on spoons and a swung fly are in my opinion way more intense than drift or float fishing.

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2020, 10:35:43 PM »
I have on trips to Idaho, just before Clarkston, seen them out on the water. always wanted to. Then in the Clearwater too... I may have with dad on the shore around Chief Timothy park but never in a boat.  :(
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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2020, 10:37:45 PM »
It's a thorn in my side. I've logged well over 1000 days winter steelhead fishing. Last year I went one time. My home rivers have virtually no hatchery fish left and are not open for catch and release. I could head to the peninsula but fishing in the parade and beating up the few fish returning there doesn't feel right either. It's a tough one. I may finally be coming to terms with the saying, "If you truly love something, let it go." Makes me sad my son most likely won't see even then modest steelhead fishing I was able to experience growing up.
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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2020, 11:14:08 PM »
I feel ya R Dog.
Let's go catch some fish.

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2020, 11:33:32 PM »
It's a thorn in my side. I've logged well over 1000 days winter steelhead fishing. Last year I went one time. My home rivers have virtually no hatchery fish left and are not open for catch and release. I could head to the peninsula but fishing in the parade and beating up the few fish returning there doesn't feel right either. It's a tough one. I may finally be coming to terms with the saying, "If you truly love something, let it go." Makes me sad my son most likely won't see even then modest steelhead fishing I was able to experience growing up.

 Well said! +1
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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2020, 04:40:30 AM »
It's a thorn in my side. I've logged well over 1000 days winter steelhead fishing. Last year I went one time. My home rivers have virtually no hatchery fish left and are not open for catch and release. I could head to the peninsula but fishing in the parade and beating up the few fish returning there doesn't feel right either. It's a tough one. I may finally be coming to terms with the saying, "If you truly love something, let it go." Makes me sad my son most likely won't see even then modest steelhead fishing I was able to experience growing up.

I feel the same. Sad.

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2020, 07:47:26 AM »
It's a thorn in my side. I've logged well over 1000 days winter steelhead fishing. Last year I went one time. My home rivers have virtually no hatchery fish left and are not open for catch and release. I could head to the peninsula but fishing in the parade and beating up the few fish returning there doesn't feel right either. It's a tough one. I may finally be coming to terms with the saying, "If you truly love something, let it go." Makes me sad my son most likely won't see even then modest steelhead fishing I was able to experience growing up.
I made this same decision about 10 years ago.  I really miss Steelhead fishing!
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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2020, 08:02:18 AM »
December 2013 I fished the Sky and caught a nice steelhead and was thrilled.  While reflecting of the past decades of Winter Steelheading and how the fishery had changed so much the sick feeling this would be my last winterrun fish from the Sky set in.   I miss the glory days of Winter Steelheading.

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Re: Winter Steelhead
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2020, 08:16:11 AM »
i've also really tapered off my steelhead fishing in the past 5 years, hell, it's probably been closer to 10 now.  especially this time of year, wdfw in their infinite wisdom stopped planting most of the little rivers i loved fishing that had early returning fish.  my favorite of all was the grays, just not many rivers where you can walk for miles and catch fish.  sadly, that one is now a "sanctuary" river.

the places with any catchable numbers of fish left just get so crowded that i get turned off to it really quick now.  i would have once considered myself a "hardcore" steelheader, but it seems what people will put themselves through is more than i'm willing to put in.  i've got a wife and a couple little kids at home and i have to really budget what little free time i have these days.  if i need to get out and scratch the itch i usually just go down and troll around the lake for trout, or sit on the hook with a diver out on the chehalis, the results are usually the same :chuckle:
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