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

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  1. Paul Huffman

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    But the strength to length function is in no way linear. It's some kind of power function. I'm always somewhat shocked when I hook up a 3 salt fish.
     
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    In a word - yes!

    I always plan on catching one! :)
     
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    He bit every other day. He only got caught by us once!
     
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    No fish were punched in the making of that photo.
     
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    You should count your blessings. Landing an 11" schlong might get quite messy...
     
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    My tape measure turns 20 pounders into 15-17 pounders a lot. I suspect if others taped fish they would have a similar experience. Doesn't really matter tho it doesn't need to be 40" or even 30" to be an amazing fish. I'm a sucker for big chrome hens myself. They go absolutely ballistic, the explosive power is scary. When I dream of winter steelhead it's hens like this....

    36" by 19" of oceanic perfection. What a show! I was happy just to have shared the moment with my buddy.
     

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    I think this fish is at least twenty pounds.....

    Since the internet has come into being the increase in twenty pound steelhead being caught has been phenominal.
     
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    its 34 in and 14 pounds. But, your right a soft ball is 4in which would make that fish about seven pounds lighter than I originally figured.
     
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    With or without the use of Photoshop? :D
     
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    The only 20lb fish I've caught was a carp. It had stretch marks. The biggest steelhead (great lakes, so...whatever you want to call them) I've even seen around here was around 15. I can't even imagine seeing a 20lbr in person. If I ever do I'd prefer it was a PNW salt fish to a GL fish. There's a picture of Dec holding a 20 lb hen in the thread about guides over on Speypages that shows up in my dreams a lot.
     
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    Kerry,

    I'm due for another, so yes I'm planning on it. 20# steelhead are uncommon, but not rare. However they are likely caught at a rate somewhat lower than their occurrence in the population due to having to be played longer, and longer a fish is played, the greater the chance of the hook coming loose.

    Luke,

    Don't shoot the messenger. I'm just doing the math. You said softball sized rocks. Ain't no way that fish is more than 7 rock diameters long. Get the rock size accurate, and the weight estimate can be close to actual.

    Paul,

    I think it's closer to linear than a significant power function. Check either Bell's book on swimming speeds or Powers and Orsborn. Max burst speed and cruising speeds are all linked to length, and large steelhead don't swim astronomically faster than average sized steelhead.

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    No, bad idea. You can't tail a common carp.

    Also, I can crowd a carp onto the bank with my feet without breaking any regs.
     
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    I suppose it's just my reaction and klutziness that goes exponential.
     
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    Rare, uncommon. Semantics. The main point of my post; few are hooked and fewer are landed. Which means most on this board will not even hook one let alone land it.
     
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