Steelhead Moving?

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Both, or else no one would catch anything without nightfishing!
 
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I think they move mainly EARLY morning and LATE in the evening.
Just cause they're not moving doens't mean you can't catch them.
The majority of fish you catch are holding.

I think if there are tidal influences then things are completely different.
Then they move with tides. I think fish move all day in coastal rivers.

That's my .02 from what I've learned.
 
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I think they move mainly EARLY morning and LATE in the evening.
Just cause they're not moving doens't mean you can't catch them.
The majority of fish you catch are holding.

I think if there are tidal influences then things are completely different.
Then they move with tides. I think fish move all day in coastal rivers.

That's my .02 from what I've learned.

I know. All those fish you catch while still fishing, the fish are moving I'm pretty sure. I think some people would argue though. Moving fish are way more aggressive.
 
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From what I have seen its easier to get a steelhead to bite when it is holding especially in the winter than when its moving. Most steelhead caught in the winter you catch when they are holding and that's why its best to fish a dropping and clearing river. The fish have been shooting up the river not looking at anything then slow down once the river starts to drop. You can catch them when they are moving but for the most part even fish in fast water are holding for one reason or another (behind a boulder in a slower seam). Why do you think that most people have a hard time catching steelhead when the rivers are blown out or rising? The fish are on a mission to get to the hatchery and one of the only ways to get them to bite when they are moving like that is to plunk.

There are obviously exceptions like the steelhead fishing on the Columbia but for the most part you catch holding steelhead.
 
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