First Steelie

18406ej
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.
 
Raincatcher
WooHoo!!

WooHoo!!

:clap: :dance: Way to go EJ!! :dance: :clap:


Be safe.
Barb
 
Troutski
Very nice...

Very nice...

Great fish - I particularly like your reel. Nice choice :clap::clap::cool:

Chuck
 
M
metalmania
Very nice fish, congrats man:clap:.
 
Kodiak
Congrats on the fish!..I'm sure many more are to come!
 
ninja2010
good job on the nice first steelie...
 
joemomma
This is going to cause an addiction ya know, with no known cure!:lol:
 
Hooked on fishin'
Beautiful fish!! Great job!:clap:
 
koboabe
nice job man, congrats
 
platteflyfisher
First Time is the Sweeeeetest

First Time is the Sweeeeetest

Congratulations, nice reward for the early riser. :clap:
 
chodathug
Nice work!!! Beauty!
-What kind of reel is that? I'm in market for a new one...Thx!
 
18406ej
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.
 
joesnuffy
Congrats on your first Steelhead.

One question though. It seems a little skinny to me. Is that the norm for that water? I'd expect a thicker fish on that side of the state.
 
Kodiak
joesnuffy said:
Congrats on your first Steelhead.

One question though. It seems a little skinny to me. Is that the norm for that water? I'd expect a thicker fish on that side of the state.

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.
 
18406ej
It is swimsuit season over here.
 
joesnuffy
interesting. Now I know. thanks!
 
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