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pryal74 03-30-2012 08:37 AM

Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Timing the Steelhead run can give you fits and force you to sit at the gas pump shaking your head. I am here to tell you it was worth the wait and long hours checking water temps, levels and fish sign.

I fished the same areas for 2 days never saw the same fish twice. I caught fish that were fresh and fish that had spent a portion of time in the river already.

The CFS had been quite high due to the little run off we DID have. Levels have fallen and with it, made fly fishing easier. The temps then plummeted to under 40 degrees which seemed to keep a huge push of fish from entering the rivers. The fish we found were scattered but extremely active.

This was my biggest Steelhead ever landed.

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC01471.jpg


gatortransplant 03-30-2012 09:15 AM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Wow James, that's one heck of a fish. I got out after chromers for the first time this month and went Woe-and-Three. The best was a fish that launched itself from the water the instant the hook found the corner of its mouth. Didn't even have time to bow before the tippet snapped.... beautiful sight though!

Sure is good to see someone actually landing them :p

mcnerney 03-30-2012 09:42 AM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
James: Very nice Steelie, congrats! All the hard work eventually pays off.

pryal74 03-30-2012 11:13 AM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Thanks guys. I haven't exactly been getting shut out, but a certain river gets them for only a few days most years. You have to time it correctly. Like all rivers, it varies from year to year because of runoff, rain and temps, but this year turns out to have all of those key elements. Once they start cutting redds, I leave them be. Right now they are insanely aggressive.

Landed 6 two days ago and 4 yesterday. I'll be going back out later today.

jpbfly 03-30-2012 11:30 AM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Wow that's a turkey James:eek:must have been a hard fight;)

pryal74 03-30-2012 06:38 PM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Thank you jpbfly. It took somewhere near a half an hour to land him. My brother taped the battle (and botched the first net attempt.)

I had to edit out some because it would take far too long to watch.

rockriver 03-31-2012 04:10 PM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
That looks like one of my favorite rivers up here.

HuronRiverDan 04-01-2012 10:36 AM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Very nice Steelie James...

Dan

troutchops 04-01-2012 07:18 PM

Re: Monster Spring Steelhead 03-29-2012
 
Sweet fish!


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