Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jessie's first Steelhead

Photo by Lucas Carroll
It is always nice to go out for a bit of steelhead fishing, especially after a rather harsh winter. The tributaries are just about perfect right now and so is the fishing. It is a good time to get out on the water and search out a few nice steelhead. Some friends of mine did just that yesterday on Irondequoit creek.

They both have plenty of experience on the many smaller trout stream in the area and have started to pick apart the tribs. They both have had success on the tribs before, but it is the steelhead that has been somewhat elusive. Luke did well this fall and landed a very nice male of about 10lbs. And yesterday morning he started off even better with two fish landed before Jessie met up with him at around 12:00pm. Then it was Jessie's turn!

He worked on getting the right drift with the right fly, and soon was into a good fish that took a little while to bring in close. But it was not to be! The fish thrashed, snapped the tippet, and was gone! But I'm sure not forgotten. These memories of "fish lost" tend to burn themselves into your brain, and they never leave. Fortunately for Jessie.....he would have a second chance. His next fish was his first steelhead landed in his career as a fly fisherman. And if he is anything like the rest of us, it will not be his last. It was a beautiful female steelhead bright with all the freshness of the lake still in her. A few photos later and she was released to continue her journey upstream for the spring spawn. They landed 3 out of the 4 steelhead they hooked and Luke added a pair of brown trout to round out a great day on the water.

I only wish I could have been there for his first steelhead and to get a few photos of Luke holding his steelhead. But that will have to wait till next time I guess! And although I may be a bit jealous right now, I am more than happy to post their story here, and enjoy the fact that some good friends caught fish. And not just any fish....STEELHEAD!

Almost all fish were caught dead drifting a beadchain eye white woolly bugger under a strike indicator. And to make it even more impressive.....they did it all on 5 weight fly rods!!!

Nice job guys!

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