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Fighting steelhead

Postby Speyfly » Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:09 am

I have tried the heavier rods and leaders etc etc

I have hooked 9 steelhead so far and have lost them all, is there some sort of secret to fighting them, everytime i figh tthem im into my backing and never get them to budge
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Postby wasteelhunter » Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:46 am

Sounds like you may be using too light a leader, while it is possible to get them on the smaller ones I personally don't go below 2x when I'm fishing for the bigger ones. Also make sure your drag is set to just under the wording on the slide. I think this is the default but not totally sure.

My Set-up for Deschutes:
10' 10 weight rod
8' 2x leader
2 split shot
Pink Egg cluster or Double Egg (my personal tyed flies can be found at the clubhouse)

If you're even on the chat late at night feel free to look me up I'm usually on the Deschutes looking for trophies.
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Postby Pitti » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:00 am

Hi Speyfly :)

Welcome at the "Club" :)

You could try the "pump-method".

If the fish runs, let him go..
If he stops, move the rod down, reel in and move the rod carefully back to top.
Then reel in while moving the rod down.
And so on...

Be patient! Some bigger fish need a lot of time to get them.

Regards Peter

Ps: Do you have a name? :wink:
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Re: Fighting steelhead

Postby Hitman » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:16 am

Speyfly wrote:I have tried the heavier rods and leaders etc etc

I have hooked 9 steelhead so far and have lost them all, is there some sort of secret to fighting them, everytime i figh tthem im into my backing and never get them to budge



Sounds like the time I 1st played this game. I used a 4weight rod and 3lb leader with my own bloodworm pattern fly. Not realising it was a steelhead spot I hooked one and it stripped all my line off :lol:

The pump and wind method mentioned above is the perfect way to fight the big steelies. But they do take massive runs
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Postby Cutch » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:10 pm

CAUTION:
Reel (left button) only while lowering your rod. If you reel while lifting your rod, and not careful,....you'll snap your line. n :oops:
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Postby Speyfly » Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:53 pm

HI,

I wasnt thinking and forgot to change the leader strength, I have no problem getting them in now LOL havent got a 40 inch yet biggest was 37 on a egg tye i tied myself in the game, the same egg tie i do in reel life for steelhead
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Postby richwest » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:22 pm

Well,

we all do have a dip once a while :lol: :lol:

Regards Richard
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