Steelhead season

Winter steelhead season is in full swing in the PNW, and even though Puget Sound rivers are closed down across Washington state now the opportunities continue throughout the area. From BC to California, March and April hold promise for big hard fighting winter steelhead.

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Steelhead season has already been pretty good to us here. A few fish here and through spread thoughout a few fishless days (ok, quite a few fishless days) has been the norm.

We explored some new water.

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We swung flies. We fished float rods and spoons too.

 

 

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We saw a few fish.

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We’re looking forward to a good rest of the season.

-Nick Satushek

Muskygeddon

With huge areas of eastern Washington burning, smoke and ash piled up on us as we continued to cast and cast and cast in the search of a solid tug.

It happened.

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More than once.

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Not all were huge

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Musky Dave
Musky Dave

We’ve said it before, but whether you’re an experienced musky chaser, or are over your 10,000 casts without a fish it would never be a bad idea to get in touch with Musky Dave of Warmwater Rambler guide service. He will put you on fish.

 

Ash on the tents

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Toothy

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Musky Dave

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Northstar plume

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The glow from Stickpin

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Back on the westside – just had to stop off for a quick dolly.

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Winter steelheading on the spey (gallery)

Winter steelheading with the spey rod is all about the experience. Making the cast. Mending the line. Slight modifications to the swing to slow the fly down, get the presentation just right. Sometimes you hook up, mostly you don’t. Aside from some bull trout, this day we went fishless.

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