A rookies log.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Danielocean, May 10, 2013.

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  1. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    So I think I have finally figured out that the reason I have not caught a Steelhead yet in the past 3 years I have been trying is due to my lack of commitment.
    I am now going to log and document everything I learn here on this thread and maybe perhaps someone who needs help one day can look here. So here we go.

    I live in Monroe. Therefore, my home water is the Sky. Today I decided to spend the day driving up and down between Monroe and Reiter to look for good access points and good runs to fish. When I finally got to the river here in Monroe I found that the river was REALLY high. So looking around for details in the water was right out the window. I still managed to look hard for obvious pull outs and stuff where I can park my car. Perhaps studying GPS would help in finding hidden access points too? I brought my 11 year old daughter along with me also because if I can not be a successful angler I may as well give this new generation a chance. Her and I went all the way up to Reiter and found some steelhead in the ladders. Her and I got so excited and pumped.
    I have also started reading some steelhead books. The current book I am reading is called " A steelheader's way", by Lani Waller. This book is really amazing and is very well written, and am looking forward to my next book purchase.
    Well there you go fellas. I am sorry if this is a boring thread but I think this would be a fun experience and I would also like to make some friends here. Putting myself out there I guess you could say.
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  2. Klickrolf Active Member

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    Commitment to catching steelhead can be frustrating. If you can keep your daughter "interested" in coming along (fishing) you'll earn huge family points and your experiences will be exponentially more gratifying than if you'd been alone.

    You do need access but "covering water" is the key. Fish a run quickly and move on to the next. Steelhead aren't everywhere, you have to find them. Where you find one you'll likely find another, same day, next day or next year.
    Welcome to the addiction! Gonna need rods for the wife and daughter though...
  3. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Hey thanks man. Both my wife and daughter are planning on gear fishing. I have been gear fishing since I was a kid but I only switched to the fly in the last few years. They are both very excited to get out there this year.
  4. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    So now I am wondering really how many flies an angler like me should take along. The book I am reading emphasizes traveling light. However, I do not know what fly works and how many of each I should bring along. The picture below is my current box that I have. Perhaps I should head over to pacific fly fishers and let them help me. 20130510_230016.jpg
  5. bhudda heffe'

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    You find a player and most anything in that box will work, look for water you'd fish a spoon in....
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  6. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Well then, I suppose I will just run with these then. But perhaps I will let the staff at Pacific Flyfishers talk me into buying a few more flies. I have always wanted to hire a guide to show me around but as I just got laid off from Boeing, that is not happening anytime soon.
  7. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    Top notch staff there. U dont have pontoon by. Any chance? I know some good foot accezs but u wikk find as ur discover more (especially from octa-jan) everyone else knows those access points too.
  8. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Unfortunately no i do not have a boat of anykind. I do not have boating skills either. I think that will be another thing i will takle in the future. If anyone ever takes me out theres a case of beer in it though.
  9. troutdopemagic Active Member

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    That box looks good. When I fish (were talking winter fish here) I carry an even mix of bright and dark, large and small patterns. Most of my larger patterns are lightly weighted Tandem Tubes or just simple Marabou/Artic Fox tubes. I carry some Intruder stuff for really dirty water because the profile they cast is unmatched in those situations. The other box I have is full of traditional summer flies and some GP type stuff that are smaller and darker/ more natural tones for when the water is clear and low (or if your fishing summer runs). I've fished the Sky for a long time and its a tough river, but you'll find fish.
  10. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Daniel,

    Since you found this website and forum, that means you have internet access. Use that before you fish. You went out driving yesterday and saw that the river was high. If you had checked the river gages on the internet before you left home, you would have known what to expect even before you started your car. Google USGS real time water data, and you can pull up a table of all USGS gages in WA, including the Sky. Bookmark it, and use it. Lots. Never leave home to fish without first checking on water levels.

    Good looking fly box. You can buy more flies, lots more. It won't improve your likelihood of catching a steelhead one iota. You can take that comment to the bank. Most any fly will do provided you present in properly in the right place. You can read a lot in books and online here about proper presentations that can help you. The right place is where a steelhead is, when a steelhead is there. If you already know what steelhead holding water looks like and how to find it, you're set. If you don't, then that's what you need to focus on, not on what rod, what fly, and all the other all but irrelevant shit that most newbs obsess about. Notice I didn't include "line" in that short list. Using a line that is suited to the proper presentation I mentioned can make the difference between hooking up and not. Until you have a damn good reason to use something else, I recommend a WF line with a 15' sink tip in type VI sinking rate. A multi-tip line might be a good investment, and then you could have a floating, type III, and type VI tip to cover the vast majority of fishing conditions.

    Put this in your fishing log, and good luck.

    Sg
  11. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Awesome reply, and thank you so much. I would say I am pretty squared away with all my gear to the point I am not thinking about it anymore. I have the whole line of Airflo polyleader sink tip leaders in my box, and my line is an 8wt wf gpx line. I just need to get a good pair of wading boots but that is not a major issue.
  12. troutdopemagic Active Member

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    Simms Guide Boots. You won't regret it.
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  13. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Thanks man I will look into it.
  14. Robert Engleheart Robert

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    If you can afford it, there's no quicker way to advance the learning curve than to hire a guide. Try to find one who'll do a wlk/wade as you'll most likely be fishing that way. I hired a guide for a 1/2 day on the North U and told him I understand it's not about numbers, I just wnated to pick his brain in regard to good water and any specific techniques for the given water conditions. Salmo nailed it above. Water Conditions are of utmost importance.
    On the other hand, I took a friend's son (22 yrs. old) down the Sandy last March. He's only been flyfishing for trout a couple years, not huge hours on the water. He'd picked up the 2H thing six months previous to our trip and was pretty good. He proceeded to ask me what he was doing wrong, as he'd only caught one steelhead, back in December.
    I told him to relax, he was way ahead of the curve.
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  15. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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    Choose 2 patterns; 1 bright and 1 dark. Carry a couple different sizes of each, both weighted and un-weighted. As you become more familiar with your home river, you can even further limit the number of flies that you bring. More or less, you will already be familiar with the river conditions if you fish often enough.
  16. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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  17. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    congratulations ! the best steelheaders know are at least partially unemployed ;)
  18. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    I am really blown away by the kind help everyone is handing out. Thank you very much. I am sitting here today researching the rivers in the state and even out of the state. Looks like British Columbia is a bad ass place to go fishing.
  19. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Daniel,

    One more thing, regarding waders. Decent waders are more important to a steelhead fly fisherman's success than a good rod. Decent casts can be had with a crummy rod, but if you can't wade to the right position, you ain't likely to make the proper presentation I referred to in my earlier post.

    Sg
  20. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    A nice thermos is needed too
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