Steelhead

General trout, fishing, conservation, or anything outdoors related discussion. Trip reports and stream conditions welcome, but please do not name streams.
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SubtleSip
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Steelhead

Post by SubtleSip » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:40 pm

Headed up North this weekend for some steelhead. Anyone care to offer advice for a first timer?
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Post by jrs » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:43 pm

Keep your expectations low. :-)

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Post by SubtleSip » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:12 pm

Ha, Will do. I have heard great things about the Brule, but I think I am going a little too early. Only weekend I will have free for the next few months so I am taking my chances.
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Post by TFO5wt » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:18 pm

It's up from 130 to 136 tonight. Hope for more rain.
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Re: Steelhead

Post by alvollmer » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:48 am

Up to 142CFS now. I've heard reports of smaller fish in the river for the past couple of weeks, but this rain should definitely give others an incentive to move in.

Fortunately, even if the Steelhead aren't in full force, you still have Kings and Browns that will have been moving up.

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Post by SubtleSip » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:58 am

Great! Do you guys prefer swinging streamers and wets, nymphing, or throwing egg patterns? I am trying to read up on techniques but everyone seems to side with something different. I don't doubt I will try all of those, but just curious as to what has worked well for people here.
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Post by TFO5wt » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:52 pm

Nymphs and eggs for me. It can definitely be a tough and challenging river, but it's also quite a gem. Good luck. I'm heading up Tuesday.
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Post by ted4887 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:38 pm

It's definitely not too early. I was into fish last weekend. There are steelhead, lake run browns (and the resident fish), as well as salmon. With the increase in water, there should be quite a few fish in the rivers this weekend.

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