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Old 03-07-2012, 05:54 PM
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Default Steelhead report 3/7/2012

I sometimes wonder why I even bother to check the weather channel. It was extremely windy and was nowhere near 40+ degrees as they stated. Despite being semi-uncomfortable in the early AM, I still had a successful day. Going 4 for 5 with 2 Steelhead and 2 Browns turned another dismal conditions day into a fun day on the fly.

Pictured below are 3 of the fish caught and a solo Stonefly Nymph - Capniidae, crawling on a small island on the river. I put my stonefly imitation fly I tied next to him. It's not a perfect tie, but it seems good enough to fool a chromer.
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Nice fish, James! So you get the poor weather and the good fishing, we get the unusually good weather and poorer fishing. I'll take the poorer weather with the side of good fishing, thanks

What size is the imitation?
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Sweet looking steel!
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I tie size 10 TMC nymph hooks. The stonefly that hatches is actually about a size 16. Obviously, you can see my nymph is bigger, but it seems to work. Yeah, the weather channel keeps telling me that it's going to be good temps but they always fall short. When it actually DOES warm up here, the fish go crazy. It's only starting to wake up here.
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It was 53 degrees up on the shores of Lake Superior yesterday for most of the day. It's 26 now. It's sure warms things up around here with that South wind.
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As of the 7th (wednesday) the Tributary rivers in my area (East Central Wisconsin) are starting to get blown out, on the 8th they only got worse. Up 2-3ft over "normal" and clear as mud, well maybe clear as watery mud.

James, Does it seem to you that some rivers don't have any noticeable population of Fish over the winter? I have been out twice this year and haven't had nary a strike. Have fished 2 differnt rivers. I have tried nymphs and various egg patterns. This is only my 2nd spring fishing steelhead. But it seems as if its really hit or miss big time. I have a good friend that also fishes Steelhead. He keeps track of times out, number of fish caught, conditions that sort of stuff. He has stated that historically he will go fishing maybe twice for every fish caught in the spring while in the fall he will average about 4 fish per day. What are your thoughts on this?
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@Rockriver, Yeah I would like to get some warmer temps and have them be stable. It looks like next week will be prime.

@klunker, The only thing I noticed that was different from last winter was the flow and slight lack of lake-run browns. I think that this was because of the lower CFS in the rivers I fished. I had a decent winter in my opinion otherwise. Our CFS is incredibly low right now, but that will change when the run off hits. Last year we were blown out in almost all rivers during prime steelhead season. Were the rivers really low where you and your friend were fishing this winter? It's hard to say why you weren't seeing your typical catches. Also, winter time fly fishing can be hit or miss depending MUCH on conditions. I have days when I KNOW the fish are there but because of the brutal conditions or pressure systems they won't take or barely touch a small nymph and aren't hooked well. When the temps are stable or on the rise they slam my patterns and are caught in good numbers.
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I'm hoping to make it down there for a day of fishing yet this spring. Next week is looking like summer up here.
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