Steelhead 2023 show off

C_Run
C_Run
OK, guys and gals, let's see 'em.
 
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C_Run said:
OK, guys and gals, let's see 'em.
My buddy, Mark, is responsible for this depiction.
 
troutdude
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Yep. That's how I remember my dad. In old school rubber hip waders for HOURS, with icicles dangling OFF of the rod. With me sitting on the bank--after an hour or so of fishing--beggin' him to call it a day. So we could get to the truck and warm up!
 
jamisonace
jamisonace
Took me long enough but I just haven't had time to fish. Went this morning and got skunked but finished chores early so I went back and got this 9lb native. Skunk OFF!
 
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jamisonace said:
Took me long enough but I just haven't had time to fish. Went this morning and got skunked but finished chores early so I went back and got this 9lb native. Skunk OFF!
I appreciate all the likes of my pic but I have to chuckle every time because I'm such a terrible picture taker (can't even use the word photographer, seems inappropriate) There's a good story behind this fish that I should have shared but didn't because I posted it from my phone.

This was the hardest fighting steelhead I may have ever caught. It was a bit of a strange hook up. I didn't recognize the head shakes as a typical bite but I knew something was there. Once I lifted the rod tip, it was already on the move and before I really had good pressure on it, it jumped about 50' from where I hooked it. Drag was obviously too loose so I tightened it up and the fish just kept pushing upstream while I was free floating downstream. When it was about 100 yards from me I was thinking I might need to start the motor and chase it upstream but it was about then I felt like I could consistently gain ground. When I got a sense of how big it was I figured it was foul hooked. I ended up putting it in the net probably 500 yards from where I hooked it. That seems like a long way for a small steelhead. I pulled the hook out from the tip of it's tail. I considered not counting it as my first steelhead but it's been too slow of a start for me so it goes on the board.
 
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hobster
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Been pretty damn slow on our local river. Was fortunate enough to hook up in the afternoon after everyone had split, buck hit the bead trailer on my jig. I was standing on a rock in pretty fast water without a net and really didn’t expect much the way the day had gone. This fish was hot and shot downstream, upstream and across the river, it was awesome! I was able to tire him out and eventually drag him between and couple of rocks and tail him. Little room for error and luckily I had a good hook set. I’ve landed a lot of steelhead but this was one of the funnest!
 
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jamisonace
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I've already heard rumblings that this year is starting out worse than 2 years ago. And 2 years ago was the worst anyone had ever seen.
 
hobster
hobster
Yeah it seems like everyone is still waiting for the fish to show up, hopefully they will🤞 looks like another high water event coming mid- late next week, if they aren’t here after that I’m going to be very skeptical
 
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hobster said:
Yeah it seems like everyone is still waiting for the fish to show up, hopefully they will🤞 looks like another high water event coming mid- late next week, if they aren’t here after that I’m going to be very skeptical
I still have yet to catch my first steelie of the season. My wife and I are headed to seaside this weekend for our anniversary and she wants to catch her first steelhead. Hoping to report back here next week!
 
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BlowoutTrout said:
I still have yet to catch my first steelie of the season. My wife and I are headed to seaside this weekend for our anniversary and she wants to catch her first steelhead. Hoping to report back here next week!
This is what my anniversaries used to look like. Now she won't get in the boat with me. How things change after a couple decades of marriage. Enjoy it while it lasts and good luck this weekend.
 
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Creeker
Creeker
Forgot my login info from the account I had years ago so first post in a few years. Been lucky enough to shake hands with a few fish this past week, this was my favorite of the bunch. Bobber got caught in a little whirlpool that spun it around and pulled it under. Bobber didn’t come back up like I expected so I set the hook and sure enough this fish was on the other end. Quick fight, quick pic, and back on its way.
 
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