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You're a lucky fellow.

lefty

Where you at? I was on the NU this early fall and taking an afternoon siesta when I heard someone asking for a guy named DW who posted on SpeyPages. Turns out he was from Virginia and made a regular pilgrimage west each year. We fished Susan Creek together and had dinner and a wee dram of HP that evening. My wife and I had to leave (unexpectedly) the next day but he took a nice steelhead that next day on a Ska-opper.
post #167 of 488
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Just moved back to NYC after 18 months in SF. Fished most of the Nor Cal rivers while there but didn't get up to Oregon. Nor did I go after steelhead. However, I was fishing for rainbows on the Yuba in Oct and both salmon and steelhead were in the river. All of a sudden my indicator went under, my rod bent and before I could even react my 6X tippet snapped. 

 

I'll call that my first steelhead.

 

lefty

post #168 of 488
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I'll call that my first steelhead.

If it had been a 1x tippet, I suspect you would never fish for trout again. fing02[1].gif

Aren't there some Atlantic runs/rivers in upstate NY?
post #169 of 488
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Maybe. That river boasts a really nice wild rainbow population. Unfortunately, it's in the central valley so you can't leave your car for long or meth heads will break in. I hope to get that steelhead smile this year.

 

There are salmon, but it seems they're all stocked. From the NY Gov site:

 

Interest in this species never disappeared, and programs to restore Atlantic salmon to New York State's waters have been under way for nearly 50 years. Currently, DEC manages about two dozen waters for Atlantics, including some of the State's biggest waters (lakes Ontario, Champlain, Cayuga, and Seneca), as well as a few small or medium-sized waters in the Adirondacks. Since very little natural reproduction occurs, annual stocking is required to maintain a desirable population size. Most stocked waters receive Atlantic salmon from a non-sea-run (landlocked) variety that has been developed in New York State over the past 16 years.

 

lefty


Edited by lefty - 12/16/12 at 11:06am
post #170 of 488
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Nice vibe to this Montana video. Some great little jumpers.

 

 

 

So this is something you don't see every day. Japanese guy fishing for steelhead with a tenkara rod. What looks like a 20' tenkara rod, but still.

 

http://tv.shimano.co.jp/movie/tv/paradise_06/

 

lefty

post #171 of 488
Both awesome!
post #172 of 488
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First fish.

 

 

lefty

post #173 of 488
I haven't been in years but this thread definitely makes me want to drag my old gear out.
post #174 of 488
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As it should. And if you're in NC you have some great fishing at your doorstep.

 

lefty

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As it should. And if you're in NC you have some great fishing at your doorstep.

lefty

Yes I know, I've been fishing the intercostal for years but haven't been fishing in the mountains since college. I actually took my day off to clean up my old gear.
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One of my best days this year was just outside of Asheville. Beautiful country.

 

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One of my best days this year was just outside of Asheville. Beautiful country.

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Where at? Transylvania county side?
post #178 of 488
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We were about 45 minutes outside of Asheville on a med-sized stream. Forget its name.

 

lefty

post #179 of 488

This thread is like a trip down memory lane. Back in the early 70's I gave 4 muskrat hides and a large boar coon pelt for my first flyrod, a glass POS that I caught a lot of tree trout with the first year. That was in the Finger Lakes region of NY. The dog sitting in the 12 pound keg of red dot powder to the left full name is Cayuga Sheshequin Sniper, although he is almost 9 now. Still go back there to see family and friends but usually drop down to Pa. to fish and hunt. 

 

I moved to Mn. from Asheville, NC. Most of my trout fishing was done to the West in Transylvania county although I fished all over the mountains. And before that I lived in Currituck, NC. Fished the Back Bay and Currituck Sound a lot which was in my front yard. Caught several bass on my back cast, but more often than not they broke the line. Or rather I did when I started my forward cast not knowing they had hit my fly.

 

Lived in Washington State in 81-82 along Hood Canal. First fishing trip in the Olympics I saw a log cycling up and down at the base of a small waterfall. Figured a trout was holding under the log so cast into the falls to let the nymph drop under the log. On the second cast the silver colored log dropped down to take my fly and when I instinctively set the hook he shot up the water fall and snapped my line. WTF was that?! was all I could think it caught me off guard and totally shook me. My introduction to steelhead, love at first strike. Like DWFII after that I focused on steelhead and salmon. Caught a fair number of 20-30 pound salmon but eventually caught a 44 lb. king in a small stream (called a river there) that I kept on till he made it back to Puget Sound and he played submarine and spooled me. Eventually got him in and as I was beaching him backing up in the mud the 10 pound tippet snapped when he cleared water. I threw myself on him and he finned me pretty good. Called the taxidermist to have him mounted and it was $5 an inch, over $200 and back then was a lot of money to me so I ended up eating him instead. I need to make another trip West sooner than later. Trout fishing here is pretty good in SE Mn. but it doesn't come close to steelies and salmon. 

post #180 of 488
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We were about 45 minutes outside of Asheville on a med-sized stream. Forget its name.

 

lefty

I'm thinking CodyNC has it right and if it was flyfishing only it was the Davidson. Watch out for the "tube hatch" in the summer. But in the summer there are other places to go. Like the boxcar hole outside of Rosman. Have to be half mountain goat to get in there but it is worth it.

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