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pryal74 02-25-2012 03:05 AM

Winter Steelhead on the fly
Has anyone been out doing any winter Steelheading? It's just starting to get good right now. Once the temp goes over 40 it only gets better, as long as the rivers or streams don't get blown out. It was brutally cold yesterday, but the last few trips I have been landing them consistently. The CFS is quite low on open rivers right now, which doesn't seem to have much effect on the Steelhead. However, I have not heard of, or hooked up with many lake-run Brown Trout, which are usually quite prevalent this time of year. Finding Steelhead hasn't been too much of a problem, thankfully. This is my biggest of 2012 so far, a 9 pound hen with great coloration.

s fontinalis 02-25-2012 08:20 AM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
I aint been out since mid October. Just dont have the time.

araitim 02-25-2012 08:52 AM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
i been out to the P.M. quite a bit this winter for the steelhead, had the biggest steelhead of my life on and all the way to my feet but when i went to net it i broke one of my 8wt's. i guess i got to excited when i seen how big it was. i learned something that day- always keep your cool even if you have a monster on-

pryal74 02-25-2012 10:51 AM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
Easier said than done sometimes huh? :) I know exactly what you mean. It's nice to see others out there braving the elements. Going back at it tomorrow.

wt bash 02-25-2012 01:35 PM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
I haven't been out on the Ohio tribs since fall, I'm just not into this season for some reason. Once the waters get upwards of 50 degrees or so I plan to hit the tribs. Though I'll foolishly be fishing dries just for ***** and giggles. Who knows it might pay off....if anything it could make it a little more interesting.

gatortransplant 02-25-2012 02:56 PM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
Here are some of my winter steel:

Running the spectrum from egg patterns to emergers (who woulda thought) :p

CutThroat Leaders 02-25-2012 05:59 PM

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Great Pics, I hope to get out later next week. Seeing these pics of steelies has me day-dreaming of future hook-ups to come.

thanks for sharing

pryal74 02-25-2012 07:07 PM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
@gatortransplant. Interesting coloration on those steelhead. Are you fishing in very clear water? I like the male you landed. Great work.

fredaevans 02-26-2012 01:24 AM

Re: Winter Steelhead on the fly
"A dirty job but some ones got to do it."

Love the Pics!

gatortransplant 02-26-2012 09:28 AM

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The colored up male was in gin clear water, the bottom hen was in pretty clear water (you can kind of see in the photo), and the water for the other fish was, well, a bit stirred up! Some clarity in the run, but I landed the fish in the slack pool so it looks especially murky.

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