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Its been kind of a funny steel season for me, I find myself exploring, watching, smoking cigarettes... and just plain day dreaming and not really putting any real effort into fishing this winter, fishing is still one of my biggest passions but I just have felt wierd all season, so at 4 a.m this morning as I passed through the garage to my truck, I did something different, leaving my flyrod tucked safely in its holder in the corner.. I grabbed my spin gear and all my dads old spoons and headed to big creek. Hit the park at sunrise, snapped on a pink/white/yellow spoon and on my 3rd cast.. Bam! VERY nice fish heading for the hatchery at 300 miles per hr, mabe I should have put new line on, cause when I when to slow em down, he and my spoon kept going:( so time to re-rig and as I was doin so a couple guys pulled up, this time it was a castmaster I call an elton john ( you can guess why ) thats right, cause its gay and never caught a fish in its 20 yr stint in my dads gear, so with d-bag 1 and d-bag 2 standing one foot away trying to talk to me I cast into the exact same spot, and saw a flash.... quickly reeled in adjusted my cast 3 more feet upstream and let it slide in before reeling and Bam 2nd fish of the day on! four shakes of the head and he was off to join his buddy.:( so the kid next to me smiles and says " that won't happen twice in a day on these fish" and I said :rolleyes: and he instructs me that winters will almost never hit a spoon. and I just got lucky on that one.
So Ive decided to myth bust... Im gonna attempt to post a picture of 30 steelhead caught from tommorrow until march 26th... the last day I can fish in the lower 48 and the end of my oregon winter season. caught with only spoons, qwuickfish or hotshots... all three being lures I have been told can't catch as well as jigs, yarn, or bait. I will use no bait and no spinners. I think my heart just got back in the game!!! ( im still gonna fly fish my favorite fly spots, so don't worry onthefly.... im not turning my back on the Art.. just puttin some spice back in the game;)) things are about to get interesting..:)
 
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I hope spoons work i bought some the other day. Good luck with your myth bustin. I hope to catch a steelhead on whatever i have in the tackle box. Im gonna throw everything at them and hope for the best LOL.
 
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You can't catch a tree with a spoon.. lol jk man start posting pics..
 
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Have a prosperous journey my friend and may you return with fulfilment from your endeavours.:)
 
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Soem people just don't know. You should be able to get many fish with spoons and it will probably that one thing they haven't seen a million times and hit it. More than once I have seen guys get into steelhead using 1/4 oz spoons fishing for trout. Without even targeting steelhead and getting them on spoons should say something about there effectiveness. Well you already know you were using them today. Can't wait see all the fish porn!
 
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More powerful than you can possibly imagine .
 
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Well, I'm just gonna say that you're not gonna look the same tossin hardware. :LOL: I wish you the best bud, let me know when you need someone to spook some fish your way, we'll hit the water after I get done moving.
 
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This should be good. Did you ask the D-bag if he belonged to this site to watch your progress???
 
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You're making my heart flutter...I just cleaned and sorted spoons I got from my Mother that she got from her Father. I was wondering if I could use them for steelhead...teach me sensai :pray: :D
 
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29 to go

29 to go

well after getting my line problem figured out thought I would get out and give it a whirl.
8;05 am
clear and low conditions
Rainbow spoon
swinging through slow/fast water seam
34" 11 lbs
Big Creek

29 to go.
 
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**** yea bro! That's what I am talking about! Nice catch!!
 
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for anyone wondering, you shouldnt keep fish this dark, they are very poor qaulity, but the proccess of catching this buck killed it, and I know someone who doesn't care if they are blue black and red.... so I tagged him.. cause I killed him.:(
 
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Looks a bit dark but figured it was shadow... I bet it was still a kick in the pants fight..
 
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looks like fun

looks like fun

well after getting my line problem figured out thought I would get out and give it a whirl.
8;05 am
clear and low conditions
Rainbow spoon
swinging through slow/fast water seam
34" 11 lbs
Big Creek

29 to go.

That looks like a lot of fun. I have used spoons from time to time but without any luck. I took a class back in the 80's ( yea way back then) from Ed McQ. who used to write for the Oregonian Newspaper and he swore that spoons were the best way to get steelhead out of the Wilson river.

Big Creek, that's up north off highway 30 right? I've driven by it several times on my way home from Klaskanine river. Is there much bank access?

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That looks like a lot of fun. I have used spoons from time to time but without any luck. I took a class back in the 80's ( yea way back then) from Ed McQ. who used to write for the Oregonian Newspaper and he swore that spoons were the best way to get steelhead out of the Wilson river.

Big Creek, that's up north off highway 30 right? I've driven by it several times on my way home from Klaskanine river. Is there much bank access?

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The best thing about spoons is they produce big fish, and natives freak for them, Hatchery runs have killed the spoon, drifting and flyfishing came to the forefront, both tactics that done correctly can almost forcefeed a hook, a spoon must be presented propperly or it simply will not work... thump, thump, thump... thats what you should be feeling in your rod if your working a spoon correctly. Bank access on big creek is great at the county park, and the boundrys can be stretched rather liberaly... if tact is employeed. I always liked the wilson as a hotshot river, you don't see many guys using them anymore though.... I might roll up to the wilson on friday.
 
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Spoon feed Steel

Spoon feed Steel

I agree that the hatchery fish don't seem to hit spoons or anything else as hard a nat's do.

Let me know if you go friday morning I might try and meet you there. you sound like my kind of fisherman, I'd like to meet you.

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The best thing about spoons is they produce big fish, and natives freak for them, Hatchery runs have killed the spoon, ...... I might roll up to the wilson on friday.
 
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nates hit everything hard...thats why i love 'em sooo much!....Nice fish bro! Keep rockin the spoons. They are one of my favorite ways to ding steelies...and springers too!
 
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well after getting my line problem figured out thought I would get out and give it a whirl.
8;05 am
clear and low conditions
Rainbow spoon
swinging through slow/fast water seam
34" 11 lbs
Big Creek

29 to go.

way cool!:cool:
 
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