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Caught this little native yesterday. Safely released. Hooked one other monster but he broke my snap swivel. The guy across the river from me caught the same fish drifting and after fighting it for 10 minutes it snapped his line. Going back tomorrow to see if I can hook that sucker again.
 

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My dad got this 7lb on a bead and cookie and yarn a lil ways below the whitaker creek boat launch this morning. He Also got a small native but no picture. Ive had one tussle this season so far but no fish.. Hah
 

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my2labs

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Got the skunk OFF!

But not the catch I was hoping for...
 

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Edge

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First one of the year nice native been in the river a few weeks Caught on eggs.
 

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fish4food

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If steelhead fishing is in your game plan,fish the umpqua with reelmello fishing, Joe Mello will put you on the fish
 

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hobster

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Got one this morning before the big rains, chrome hen that put up an excellent fight! Tore downriver 30 yards or so and water was low enough to chase from the bank. Was a blast, here is a horrible selfie, I suck at taking them. Was trying to look funny but I look kinda crazy instead :p
 

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O. mykiss

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I went out Friday on a piece of water I have scouted but never fished for steelhead before. First cast of the day I got a small chrome buck about 7lbs. Considering how the season has gone I was stoked! Then on the third cast my float shot under again. This was a nice big buck the took me over 75 yards and 4 holes downstream. He taped out at 35”x16.5” and weighed in the 15 lb range. No more fish for the rest of the day
 

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with this rain/snow event happening, the fishing is really going to heat up soon, makes this a good time to share a beautiful oddball fish- "Big Red" is an "Un-clipped non-native" fish, 36" and close to 20#. He recently took a left turn at the Port of Siuslaw RV campground, crossed a large mudflat, went around the back and found the mouth of Munsel creek and ended up in the STEP trap on the creek. We get these 'egg-to-fry' steelhead in that trap every year trying to get to Munsel lake, this one was impressive.

his parents would have been clipped fish spawned at the Whittaker trap, the fertilized eggs go to our small STEP hatchery, then into an aquarium in an elementary school classroom, they hatch, the kids observe, learn, feed, then release them as 1" fry at the Munsel creek boat launch. Amazing, from a classroom aquarium to this beautiful brute.



sure would be nice to see more fish like this in the system.
(After the quick picture, our guys released him downstream.)
 

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hobster

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Excellent day today! Spur of the moment decision once again to go out, river was rising but VERY slowly. Was able to find a great spot with no other anglers in sight. Hooked and tailed a nice wild fish right OFF the bat on a spinner. Not the best fight for a wild fish, he must have been a bit tired out. Quickly released with no photos, but that's fine with me, was just stoked to hook up! An hour or so later hooked another fish which spit the hook, was a little fish scale on my gami :) Fish hit the bead instead of a shrimp topped jig. Decided to drift fish and second cast hooked and landed a beautiful hen on a corkie and yarn. Got it all on the gopro, was an excellent fight and I was able to land her in high water without a net in a very small space. Nice tight eggs and beautiful meat, never know with those hens. She wasn't in the river very long at all.
2/3 in 3 hours trifecta style, one on the spinner, one on the bobber and one drift fishing. Good times
 

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