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Old 06-27-2003, 04:01 PM
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Where to live to be a steelhead bum

OK so it is Friday and I could really care less about work. So I was thinking if I were a steelheader full time where would I live.

So lets here where everyone would live? Or to be a true steelhead bum can you limit yourself to one river.

Mine is a no brainer if I were a steelhead bum I would live on the North Umpqua. Near Glide, Idleyld Park Oregon.

lets have some fun.

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Old 06-27-2003, 04:37 PM
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I don't know about "steelhead bum". How about "fishing bum" or as my wife sometimes thinks just plain "BUM". The Clearwater is my river of choice. If the engine dies once pulling out of the driveway I'm about 60 seconds from the "Peck Hole" and I'm about 3 or 4 minutes from what I call "Poppy's Riffle". This is where I'm spending whatever time I have left. Take care, MJC
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Old 06-27-2003, 04:54 PM
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I know only 1 steelhead bum and he lives in Silvana. Go figure.
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Old 06-27-2003, 04:57 PM
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How about Terrace or Smithers BC.
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Old 06-27-2003, 05:33 PM
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Oh, probably have to be along the White River in Arkansas. Or the Southern Mississippi around Baton Rogue. Don't tell everyone.

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Old 06-27-2003, 05:45 PM
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You got the turn styles installed down there yet?:hehe:
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Old 06-27-2003, 07:00 PM
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Nah, we abandoned that plan after rumours circulated that we would be tarred and feathered if we showed up. The crew simply deserted overnight.

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Old 06-27-2003, 08:49 PM
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Mean Mr Mustard: This thread is about being a steelhead bum. how can you be a steelhead bum living in Arkansas or in Southern Mississippi. They don't even know what a steelhead looks like

Jim

P.S. I forgot to add that my river of choice would be the N/F Stilly.


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Old 06-27-2003, 09:50 PM
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Right, the N/F Stilly. Wasn't that the scene of last year's Smolt Tournaments?

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Old 06-27-2003, 10:26 PM
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Old 06-28-2003, 01:49 AM
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I can't imagine anywhere in the world with more to offer in both quality and quantity of steelheading oportunities than Terrace,BC,Canada.

Smithers,BC would be a close second and near some of the most famous rivers for world record summer run fish(like the Kispiox,Bulkley,and Babine),but Terrace has better access to winter fish and is only a hour or two from both Prince Rupert(ocean fishing) and the Nass system(another pristine,less pressured steelheading wilderness) as well.

Dozens of world class rivers within 1/2 a days drive/boat/plane on both the Skeena and Nass systems.There is only a couple of months out of the year when steelies aren't available in good numbers and that is prime time for monster chinook so it's not like one would be bored.LOL.The salmon runs are all enormous and the trout fishery is virtually un touched up there(no one wastes their time fishing for trout with so many salmon and steelies around).

If you want to be a true year' round steelhead bum Terrace,BC is THE place.

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Old 06-28-2003, 02:07 AM
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Yup, BWO and tonyd are right - its a lead-pipe cinch, take all the other spots just mentioned - roll them into one and you would still leave it to live in the land of a million fish - Terrace.

I hate to put others dream spots to shame - but ... get serious - where have the Bob Yorks of legend spent their time? 'Nuff said.
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Of course

Oso or Smithers, all the books and videos say so.
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Old 06-28-2003, 03:12 AM
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The Definition of 'Bum'

So the question is..."What sort of Steelhead Bum would you want to be?" :hehe:

Bum
n.

1)A tramp; a vagrant.

2)A lazy or shiftless person, especially one who seeks to live solely by the support of others.

3)An incompetent, insignificant, or obnoxious person: The batter called the pitcher a bum.

4)One who is devoted to a particular activity or milieu: a beach bum.

I was going to make some mention of definition number 1 and how a certain someone (a favorite person of mine) fits that sort of 'steelhead bum' but I will be good!
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First off, I'd have some sort of homebase if I was a "steelhead bum". But it wouldn't be in BC. I've heard about the taxes up there are quite expensive. I know alot of times I'll head into the shops and tell them (I'm an American) and I get knocked down the tax. But, I assume if you go in EVERYDAY they'll raise an eyebrow and hit you with the full tax. Kush or someone up in BC can possibly verify. Haven't fished up in BC for, my God, 10 years. So things may have changed.

Personally, I'd live on the Olympic Peninsula. I'd homebase somewhere near Allen if I planned to fish most of western WA or BC and Forks if I only planned to fish the OP and BC. Plus, property is much cheaper for my small cabin/trailer that's gonna sit while I'm gone most of the time.

I wouldn't be a vagrant though. I'd find a way to either sell my flies on the river, or sell to shops. That way I can tie in the off hours and fish the rest of the time. Heck, I'd even make a "fish with me" guide service. I'm going fishing, so you can pay a small fee to fish WITH me. Get deals on gear and boats thanks to guide license, then take guys with you who'll pay for your trip. I would put disclaimer "I'm not out to put you into fish, I'm offering free seats in my boat. "

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