Could they have been steels?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by AJEC, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. AJEC Member

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    I finally got to fish today on the Snoqualmie up from where the south fork joins. At a tempting spot I noticed what looked like several brown torpedo shapes in the current. Weed? Logs? Both seemed unlikely given the speed of the current. They reminded me of what I had seen a few years ago downstream of the Wallace Hatchery. My fishing buddy had pointed to them and I in my ignorance said ‘“what are they”? He replied by catching one and it turned out to be a rather large steelhead! So I decided to wade out towards the torpedo’s because they just couldn’t be big fish. As I got about 6 feet from the nearest torpedo it move sideways further out by a foot or two! I walked back to the car and tooled up with a small selection of steelhead flies. I then proceeded to cast my selection of flies at the torpedo's from all angles other than the optimum one as there was a large tree/bush in the way. I tried going up stream through the jungle to the other side of the tree/bush but the bank there was steep and straight into what looked like deep water. I didn’t want my last glimpse of my wife to be as I drifted downstream to the falls!

    Eventually feeling rather tired I gave up but it was a hard decision to make. The questions are:-

    1. Have I gone mad because of the noise of the helicopter? (see post)

    2. Did I really see fish?

    3. Were they steels?

    4. If the answer to 3 is Yes, how should I have tried to catch them?


    For a full account of the trip and my encounter with the helicopter and the Sherriff please see http://breakingrods.blogspot.co.uk
    Fishing in WA is so exciting!
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  2. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    I don't believe you'll find steelhead above snoqualmie falls.
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  3. AJEC Member

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    Jason,
    Thanks for putting me straight, I bet there are chaps laughing their socks off all over the State! If there were steels above the falls that would be some fish ladder.
    Kind regards Alan C
    PS I would still like to know what the Sherriff's helicopter was doing circling all afternoon?
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  4. Nick Clayton Active Member

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    Suckers?
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  5. The Duke Been around

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    What did your friend catch then? It's hard to mistake a rather large steelhead with a similar sized fish in that river.

    The Sheriff was probably taking blooper reels of the steelhead fishermen above the South Fork on the Snoqualmie :)

    Oh, and from your blog, "hell" is not a swear word among fishermen. I have yet to find one except "skunked."

    Good luck during your time here! You will have a blast!
  6. Peter Pancho Active Member

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    yep, suckers or white fish..
  7. jsuyes FFF-CCI

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    Just a guess but I believe he was probably looking for someone on the run in that area. Which is maybe why the park rangers were hanging out with your wife.

    Also, I have to agree with everyone else. You probably saw a few big suckers.
  8. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    I heard that new fish latter got completed. Pretty cool they can now make it up there. I hear it is a fishcalator and doesn't tire the steel out. Its perfect now they can daart to my fly quicker
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  9. FT Active Member

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    Not only is the new fish ladder in operation at the falls, fish and wildlife has been putting some Babine strain summer runs in the south fork to help get a run of those oversized summer steelhead established.

    And I have some wonderful river front property for sale in Kuwait.
  10. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    Is it as good as the salmon fishing in yemen?
  11. Steffan Brown ...

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    Worst movie of ALL TIME
  12. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    what are you talking about? that dry fly scene in the beginning was pure murder
  13. Steffan Brown ...

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    Killing terrorists with a roll cast? It should've at least been a double haul with an exploding fly in order to make it somewhat realistic.
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  14. golfman44 Coho Queen

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    God that reference is good. Well played sir.
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