Have any of you ever caught Steel in the salt?

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  1. o mykiss

    o mykiss Active Member

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    Raymond's Steelhead Country also includes a very interesting chapter on fishing for steelhead in the salt.
     
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  2. Alexander

    Alexander Fishon

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    It would be interesting to see a study on WA Steelhead behavior/habits, their travels/destinations, eating habits, at what depths they travel etc
     
  3. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    Yes, 2, while searun/bull trout fishing up at Spi-Bi-Dah past the Tulalip rez many years ago. I believe they hit small clousers. A most delightful surprise they were.
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Ever since I saw a half dozen steelhead in a TINY creek in the Hood Canal a number of years back, I have been aware of their presence. That was December 1st after a good rain. I think many of the streams in the Canal support runs in December, so They are always in my mind while fishing for cutthroat along the beaches there. I had a friend hook and lose one about 5 years ago. Back in the day, peak steelhead runs In the Canal were in December and January.
     
  5. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Nah, it's well documented on the gear portion of the Internet. Comes up every couple of years or so.

    If I get the chance there is a spot that really fishy dude (Dec Hogan actually) told me he wanted to try but never got to, and that is not really fished for metal heads (was not at the time). I will not con myself that people are not fishing there, but every once in a while I search the interwebs and there is still no mention of salt water fishing for steel at that location.

    Maybe this winter on my way to B.C. :)
     
  6. Alexander

    Alexander Fishon

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    A PM with that info would be nice... I'm good at keeping secrets :D Super Secret Squirel. ;)
     
  7. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    And incur the wrath of Dec Hogan (who no doubt has no recollection of our brief e-mail exchange many years ago)???


    NEVER!!

    Well...maybe :)
     
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    I've done it and caught winter steelhead off Whidbey and posted a how/where to on this very forum answering the very same questions. I don't feel like rewriting it so you'll have to look it up and I'll answer any followup questions you might have.

    Leland.
     
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    Alexander Fishon

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    Thanks Leland. I will start digging. :)
     
  10. South Sound

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    You would be surprised how many of the searuns you catch are hybrids, especially the big ones. As for Whidby and beach fishing, just stay out of the water
     
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    Alexander Fishon

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    You know, you mention Hybrids and I'vewondering about this. I know there are Cutbows and it got me thinking about Searuns mixed with Steelhead.

    Ok, maybe someone can shed some light on this...(gee I never even thought of this!). The last big SRC I caught was a beast! Not abnormally big but dang, built like a torpedo, really robust a little over 20" and fought like hell! That thing was HOT! Upon landing it it looked rather odd, unlike any of the other SRC I've ever caught, but still trout (black markings), fish was really silver though and when I flipped it to look for the orange slashes I found none (to my surprise), so I went to take a pic of it and naturally I lost control and of the fish went. I thought it weird and wondered what else Trout like would swim in these waters, but what is the likelihood of catching a Trout that is not a SRC and not a Steely?
     
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    Possibly a dolly, but you would have known. I have seen summer run steelhead a mixed together with searuns. A few biologists I talked with said they do cross breed especially in cases of low returns. I am just happy they stick around. It is like our own resident steelhead opportunity, but smaller
     
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    Chester Allen Fishing addict and scribbler

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    I have seen steelhead in Puget Sound -- usually off the mouths of small creeks. I've hooked two steelhead by accident while fishing for sea-run cutthroat in South Sound -- but i lost them both. One of them was really big. At first, I though it was an ocean-going coho.

    My brother, who lives in SoCal, hooked and landed a steelhead while fishing with me on a South Sound beach a few years ago. yes, I was sick with jealousy. It was cool to see that beautiful fish swim away.

    I have also seen steelhead eating salmon spawn in the creeks, but that's not really the topic here.

    I don't target steelhead in Puget Sound, but I strongly suspect that anyone's best shot is setting up shop where a creek flows into saltwater and start casting....

    Several biologists have told me that they suspect some of the really big sea-run cutthroat we're catching these days might be steelhead (rainbow trout)/cutthroat hybrids. My biggest cutts have all had the slashes. Interestingly, I've caught rainbow trout on Oregon's Deschutes River with cutthroat slashes.
     
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    Now would be a good time at Bush Point with the high waters of the rivers pushing their scent out into the salt along the west shore of Whidbey.

    Leland
     
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    I have, yes, but on cut-plug herring. Where I guide up North in the summers there are always a few caught each season. Two summers ago we had 3 in one day (probably a small run went by...?) and this past summer we had 4 for the whole season.
     
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