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Got up at 5AM and hit the Willamette at Wallace Marine Park after about 1/2 an hour I hooked into this on a 1/3 oz Cleo...23", unsure on weight. After posing for its picture it went back into the river for the rest of you.
:clap: :dance: Way to go EJ!! :dance: :clap:
Great fish - I particularly like your reel. Nice choice :clap::clap:
Nice work!!! Beauty!
-What kind of reel is that? I'm in market for a new one...Thx!
The reel is a Shimano Stradic 4000, of which I can say nothing but positive things. It is durable, smooth, and easy to maintain. I think prices around here are about $120-130. I also have the Shimano Symetre 4000, which starts at about $90-100, and I cannot tell the difference between the two. I only got the Stradic for my collection because I had a gift certificate, and because I had to keep up with Troutski.
I believe that if you buy one of these reels, you will never need to purchase another one due to wear and tear.
As far as the Steelhead fishing goes, I have managed to sneak back to the river every day since, but I haven't had another hookup. See lots of them jumping though.I have truly been bitten by the bug.
Most summer steelies over here are the skamainia strain. Some fish are deeper but most have a streamline profile like that. Certain systems do get deeper and broader fish (santiams) while others like the clack, sandy and willamette will produce longer skinnier fish.