The big rains and warm temps came as a trade winds came from Hawaii bringing a deluge of water down western Washington.
Little creeks blow out quickly but they recover quickly. What comes are fresh fish into the system and eager biters. I had an exceptional day hooking 6 fish and getting a limit of some bright winter fish.
My big buck from the other day was finally filleted up and the stats don’t lie. He measured 33″ length x 17″ Girth. While my battery on my digital scale was dead I used the formula to guess his weight and it came in at a conservative 15.41#. While it’s not a trophy fish by Oly Penn standards, it was a trophy for me as its the largest steelhead that I’ve landed. For comparison, it was bigger than my largest Coho from last fall. I thought that fish was big, which it was, but for a steelhead it must have been at least a 2 salt if not 3 salt fish.
I felt a little bad for harvesting such a fish but to get the hatchery brat out of the genetic pool I suppose was a good thing. Wild or hatchery, the fact that he returned for a second time avoiding the nets, commercials, seals, and other would be predators is a testament to these amazing creatures. While I love salmon, I can see why steelhead fisherman are passionate and engrossed with chasing these animals.
The buck stopped here
I still go through the play by play of this moment that I’ll never forget.
Rod: Sage 890-5 Durascrim SP
Reel: Galvan T8 with Rio Verisatip floating