Oregon steelhead fishing (2010 - 2021)

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Mtnsaremyhome
23min from home, I am so thankful to have one local option to stretch my legs and casting arms once a week or so after work, but until recently it's been all just been casting...
 
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Anthrobe
Got this one a few weeks back. Been a great year for me with Steelhead.
 
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Mtnsaremyhome
 
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jamisonace
jamisonace
Found a couple tonight with a friend. One on a spinner and the other on a plug. Both within an hour of dusk.

 
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Fred
Summer steelhead 8 pounds my old man caught it. I hooked 1 and it got off.

 
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Aervax
Aervax
This one was a special fish for me. I nicknamed her "Mobius" - fought like a banshee. Not the largest ever, but the hardest running bullet of my life. Multiple drag burning runs that culminated in leaping twisting somersaulting acrobatics in the twilight. Lucky and surprising that she didn't throw the hook along the way. Got her into the shallows and confirmed to be wild. Guessed weight to be around 12# before watching her dart upriver back on the trail toward the tributary of her birth. Anadramous fish have a mythic and sacred appeal to my outdoor passion and nature worshipping tendency. Vikings had a rudimentary symbol for salmon, which hales to the Swedish side of my heritage. Though they're dwindling, most lands bordering the north Atlantic and Pacific had historic runs of anadramous fish that were an important food source as well as an embedded cultural icon to ancient people. The drive to catch fish is probably written into our dna, and anadramous species seem to have an amplified gravity in that respect. This fish made yesterday's outing a special memory for me. Tight lines my fellow anglers!
 
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jamisonace
jamisonace
My foster son is a fishing addict and has been begging me to get him his first steelhead of the year. Took him out today in near perfect conditions and after a comedy of errors we finally got him a picture with a fish. First fish was a beast that he fought like a champ but after a couple blistering runs and some aerial shows it finally shook loose. He almost cried. Second fish was in the net fairly quickly so I had him hold the net while I rowed to calm water. I didn't secure the net to the handle and the fish thrashed the net off the handle. Fish swam off and we watched the net sink out of view. He almost cried again. Finally, third fish ran and jumped and gave him a battle he wasn't sure he could finish but with a super crappy spare net we got it to hand and he got his fishpic.

He was one stoked kid.
 
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jamisonace
jamisonace
Took a client out before work this morning. Didn't seem real fishy this morning but managed this one after a few passes. No other bites in the 2 hours we were out there.
 
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jamisonace
jamisonace
Steelhead SHOW OFF is a little light on content this year. Here's a couple more to keep things moving.
 
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case.bolt
Caught my first steelhead Ever today, NW Oregon coastal river. 1/8oz white jig head with a pink body/black tail worm. I've been hitting the banks of the river at least one day nearly every weekend since the start of January, was just about to hang it up for the season. I didn't even think I had a bite, thought for sure I was snagged up, reeled down and gave it a tug to pop it loose, and I got a tug back and line started peeling. Ten minutes or so of back and forth and I finally managed to get her close enough to grab her tail. Beautiful native hen, safely released and on to spawn.

No tape or scale, but I'd guess she was maybe 24"-26" long, maybe 7-8 lbs. Not a monster by any means, but the largest non-catfish I've ever caught. I did hook into another not too long after I released this one, but it popped off at the first head shake, must not have set the hook too well. Disappointing, but hey, 1/2 ain't bad.

I was so close to just giving up and deciding steelheading was not for me, but now I got the fever. Going back out tomorrow to try it again, hopefully get a quality fish to take home for dinner, or at least some better pictures.
 
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Dizzy Fisherman
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O. mykiss
O. mykiss
Picked up this hen on an Oregon coastal river 3 weeks back. Of all the steelhead I e caught, she takes the cake for hardest fight. She was a chunky wild fish that taped at 33” long with a 19” girth.
 
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hobster
hobster
Got out on the Slaw with my buddy Ryan at Grey Ghost Guide Service today. He is the best guide up at the Whittaker run, and of course he got us into some fish. It’s been a tough year for everyone I know, was glad to get into some. I almost feel like going with a good guide is kind of like cheating, but I’ll take it😉
 
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Dizzy Fisherman
Here’s one from over a month back.

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Chrisd1990
Who needs a boat? Bank bum 2021.
 
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Oldhammer
Oldhammer
My first steelhead! From the bank of the rogue on an orange yarn ball.

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Chrisd1990
Another beautiful fish to the bank on high quality camera this time!

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Chrisd1990
Another fat wild hen from the bank.

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Mtnsaremyhome
Dime bright little wild from a few weeks back.

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jamisonace
jamisonace
I hope to close-out the year better than it started. We'll see.

Umpqua steelhead this morning.
 
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