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: Recent Steelhead

01-02-2003, 12:50 PM
Just wanted to post a couple of pictures from our steelhead trip this past weekend. We went to Elk Creek which is a trib of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania. Must say it was very, very cold, but it was also a good time. The creek was low and clear and there was not a fresh run of fish up the creek in a while, so fishing was tough. Seen quite a few people on the creek with was surprising.

Here's a pic of Will Jr. and his 25" steelie

01-02-2003, 12:52 PM
This is me with my 27" steelhead. My only fish of the entire trip. Dad ended up with four all together.

01-02-2003, 01:23 PM
the picture behind you??!!

Catch fish, lay him down, and he's ready for the freezer in about 20 minutes. BURRRRRRRRRRR!

01-02-2003, 02:16 PM
Yea it was quite the cold one. About 6 layers of clothes did the job though. Got to do what you got to do. Well worth it though when you hook into one of those bad boys.

01-02-2003, 02:41 PM
Nothing like steel on a cold morning to warm you up. Nice pix, congrats.

01-02-2003, 06:59 PM
Yeah, those are priceless GLs winter steelheading pictures, Fred would have to buy some good long underwear to do real winter steelheading GLs style.

What flies did you touch them with ?

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01-02-2003, 08:45 PM
How soon you forget that we Canadian's LOVE THE WEATHER we "send south" to you Yanks. :D

Oregonian's are much more temperate in our desire to freeze the butts off the Californians who come 'north.'

Snigger, snigger.


Rethought that: Rick J and a few others can come "north" and we'll keep the temps reasonable. But on that note, and before you guys get complacent, Mt. Ashland (5 air miles south of me) already has about 12 foot of snow on top.


01-02-2003, 11:55 PM

Only 12 feet, Mt. Baker (about 30 air miles from me) has just picked up 4 feet in the last 2 days. Of course it is also only 12 air miles from B.C., Canada as well.

When I lived in Montana I used to fish for whitefish and trout during the winter if the air temperature was above 20 degrees. Below that it was too much trouble keeping the ice out of the guides. Of course, I always thought the folks who went out ice fishing when it was 30 below zero were a little tetched.

I really enjoy our rainy Nothwest Washington winters where it rains in the valley and snows usually stay above 4,000 ft on the nearby mountains. Although I must say that when it was snowing and between 28 and 30 degrees it was actually more comfortable fishing than when it is raining and 38 or 40 degrees out.

01-03-2003, 12:15 AM
Originally posted by flytyer
Although I must say that when it was snowing and between 28 and 30 degrees it was actually more comfortable fishing than when it is raining and 38 or 40 degrees out.

I totally agree with you...I would take below freezing a nice dry snow anyday over a little above freezing and wet, miserable rain/snow mix...those cold rain/snow mix sort of days seem to soak you and chill you to the bone no matter what you wearing!

01-03-2003, 08:18 AM

Used the trusted old sucker spawn!!!!

01-03-2003, 09:18 AM
That reminds me need to tie some of those.

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01-03-2003, 10:16 AM
Elk Creek, you say....
Hmmm, that's not to far from Andover, Ohio...

I fish Conneaute Creek (Ohio side) for steelies....
I never made it to the PA side except for Cherry Creek near West Springfield...

Maybe I'll see you there someday...

P.S. Nice fish....

01-03-2003, 07:35 PM
Yea elk creek is probably around 1/2 hr drive from your creek. It was my first trip up there and is suppose to be the largest trib in PA. Wasn't very big for being the biggest trib.

01-03-2003, 08:19 PM
You guys would love our weather.

Our best steelheading happens in that type of weather.

Really love it when you are on the river and snow is falling all around you. Almost like a Bud commercial.


Tried sucker spawn many times in Mi. with little success, caddis, comets, nymphs, rockworms, speys(mini) seem to work best.

I have a feeling Fred could hang tough, being a canuk and all. Of course BC winters don't get as cold as ours. Nothing like a 20mph wind off the lake blowing in your face ot wake you up.

Thats why Wagners in Chesterton is such a popular after creek gathering place.

01-03-2003, 08:45 PM
Yeah Fred is probably hard core and could hack it, even if he couldn't he would do it rather than admit it was too much for him.

Will tie up a few anyway, what the heck got to have a little of everything at the ready. Don't think I have seen many people using the sucker spawn in michigan or indy though.

Nuke eggs have always been good for me. Other than that NYMPHS are the go to flys. I am working on my mini speys.

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01-04-2003, 12:07 AM
Nuke eggs have always been good for me.
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What is a NUKE EGG? :confused:
Is it an enlarged egg pattern?

Got a picture of the Nuke Egg and a tying recipie you can post?
I would like to try it.

01-04-2003, 12:21 AM
Willmullis, you found room to cast a fly rod at Elk Creek?

I hear it is elbow to elbow with fishermen and women during the steelhead and salmon runs...:eyecrazy:

If you know of a "less crowded" spot, p.m. me or post it's location.

By brother went there last fall and said he seen (his viewpoint, not mine) over 500 people fishing a small hole. Lots of lines getting tangled and people fighting for space...

Soooooo, if there is an open area for fly fishing, let everyone know...
thank you.

01-04-2003, 07:57 AM

The link below will show the nuke egg and its tying instructions.
Its simple. Favorite colors, for me, are oregon cheese, chartreuse, apricot, peachy creme, early girl, baby blue for the egg, and the veil is usually white (glow in dark yarn) or glo bug or mc fly foam yarn is used for these.

Give them a go.

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01-04-2003, 07:24 PM

Yea I've never been up there in the fall, but heard it's crazy. That's why we decided to go in the cold of winter. Seen maybe 15 people on the water all day. Everyone was spread out pretty good. Lots of elbow room. This is the time of year to hit the Elk...

Tony Petrella
01-05-2003, 08:24 AM
Geeze, guys--haven't you eer heard of fly fishing in Florida in January??!!?? The fish are at least as big as steelies (and believe me, I've caught a ton of them in the PM and Manistee(s) over the years) and the atmospheric conditions in Jan. and Feb. are WAY more pleasant.

Not knockin' steelies, mind you--just the fact that you've gotta dunk your rod to get the ice out of the guides. Congratulations on catching that really nice fish in such really nasty-looking conditions. You get MY vote for Courageous Angler of The Month!


01-05-2003, 10:50 AM
This is true winter steelheading.

Great Lakes, Great Times !

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Tony Petrella
01-05-2003, 11:00 AM
No kidding!!!!