What's the best way to land a >20lb Steelhead?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by JesseC, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. JesseC Active Member

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    It's what you did after you tailed it that makes you less of a man JS.

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  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    No need to be an ass.
  3. cuponoodle breakfast Active Member

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    The best way to land a 20lb steelhead is to fish alone and either leave your camera at home, or have your camera buried under your waders where you can't retrieve it. Having a camera with dead batteries would probably work too.
    When I landed the one steelhead I think was 20lbs I slid him into the shallows, and then tried to dig my camera out of my pocket under my waders. While I was doing that, the fish made one flop, knocked the spoon from his jaw, and swam away.
    Going by the rule of every inch over 20" equaling a pound, I've landed a couple 17's and a few 14's. This fish was in a different class and had proportions I haven't seen on any other steelhead.
    I now keep my camera tethered to the shoulder straps of my waders.
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  4. JS Active Member

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    Jesse, I believe that to accomplish what you are insinuating here would make one more of a man. That is a rather large hole to fill. It's alright, Ed, Jesse is just projecting his shortcomings. Pun absolutely intended.
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  5. JesseC Active Member

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    I was just saying that you should release them gently - not sure what you guys are talking about....carp are majestic beasts worthy of the utmost respect.
  6. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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    I don't think this belongs in the steelhead forum. ; )
  7. Rob Allen Active Member

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  8. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Ha, you just created a new term; "Internet 20 Pounder".
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  9. GAT Active Member

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    It's called Angler's Measurements. Or, Angler's math. Or, more likely, the fish are shape-shifters.

    They may start out at 20 pounds but when landed, they shape shift into something much, much smaller.

    When fishing Mann Lake, one of our fishing buddies would announce that he was sure the cutthroat he just hooked HAD to be on the the 20-inchers that can be found in the lake. As he brought it closer to hand, the fish mysteriously shape-shifted into a 14-inch cutthroat.

    So, we all joined in. Once we hooked a trout we'd shout that it had to be AT LEAST a 20-inch fish. Somehow, the damned fish lost length during the fight and were much smaller when we finally netted the critters.

    Shape-shifters, I tell ya, shape-shifters... :D
  10. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I have no idea what any of you are talking about. Just like most people, every Steelhead I have ever lost was AT LEAST 20#.

    To land them I imagine you continue to reel or strip line in until you can beach/reach the fish. But that's just what I do with the little ones.
  11. Rob Allen Active Member

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  12. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    what a buzz kill, your ruining my dream I guess when my 20lbs steelie nears the beach Pamela Anderson is not going to appear to net my fish, Now I'm totaly bummed out
  13. Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Pamela Anderson??? So 1990's.....
  14. Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    Yeah, but.... It's not just peak swimming speed. Mass = approximately length ^3. (M x v^2)/2 = kinetic energy, so there's a couple power functions on length since as you said, v is ~ proportional to length. Force x time = work. That's why you get worked by a big fish! They can pull harder for a longer distance. Head shakes have more mass and distance in them, jumps are higher, and that puts more strain on your tippet.
  15. Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    What I should have said is that you can more easily tail a steelhead than a carp. The tail is the steelhead's downfall because the peduncle is small, caudal fin stiff and makes a perfect handle. Same with albacore, sharks, other salmon, especially chum and atlantics.

    On a common carp, the caudal fin just curls up when you try to tail them.
  16. fish-on Waters haunt me....

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    March 21, 2001 Quinault River 43 3/4 inches ... Still etched in my mind... Not good, just lucky..... I remember setting the hook and thought for a good while I was stuck on a rock. Frustrated and tried to break my line by yanking it by hand, on the third try- it yanked back....
  17. JS Active Member

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    Haha, word, just had to be a wise ass. Chums are definitely the easiest fish I have ever tailed. I have yet to get an Atlantic, but they are on the top of my freshwater list.
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  18. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Hooked three, landed two.
  19. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    All on gear, biggest on fly gear was this winter and was around 15# from river X.
  20. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    I need to figure out where this river X is. I keep seeing it mentioned but can't find it in any of the searches I've done, or on any maps. Dang!
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