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Old 01-09-2002, 03:51 PM
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First native steelhead on a fly contest...

Is officially underway!

Rules:

- it must be caught in accordance to all regulations PLUS on an unweighted single barbless fly with no additional weights on the line, no scent, no flotation devices on the line

- it must be at least 32" long

- it must be recorded in an image that demonstrates that it is a native fish and released unharmed

- the date/time and general region must be given, although specific location information is not required

- enforcement of the rules beyond anything we (the community) can tell by looking at the image is left to your own *honor* as an angler and a sportsman

Prize:

A Spey line of your choice of up to $125 retail value.

GOOD LUCK!
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Old 01-09-2002, 04:20 PM
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Dang wish i'd have had my camera !!! I caught one on the 3rd!
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Old 01-09-2002, 06:19 PM
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I assume going to the fish monger and having him throw me the..

Wouldn't count as "caught."

Darn Fish-head, sounds like you and I are going to have to start tieing on heavier hooks.

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Old 01-09-2002, 10:20 PM
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I guess I'll have to start carrying a camera with me.

I've already heard of a good number of natives caught on the fly on both the Sky and the Stilly. I think the winning fish will be caught much sooner then normal.
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Old 01-09-2002, 10:49 PM
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Well lets see if the PNW gets a lot of rain keeping those rivers high for the next 1-2 months I could have a shot here in the Midwest.

Of course my hindrance is that I probably have to do it with a 6 or 4 pound test leader which gives low odds of landing a 32 inch plus steelhead in most of our waters. A matter of fact that has been my down fall over the years when ever the big 15lb+ Alpha steelies were hooked. There were a couple that just smoked that 4 lb test leader. But that is what you have go to many times to even get hits in the very clear water and smaller mid west rivers we have compared to the PNW.

Plus there are only a handful of rivers which have wild fish, but all in the PM are wild.

Would have to put my money on the PNW guys on this one.

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Old 01-09-2002, 11:22 PM
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Oh knock it off you guys!

A fish that large on the upper Rogue would have it belly full of lead shot.
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Old 01-09-2002, 11:29 PM
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wow, thats a big fish here, fred we have to hit the umpquia, either that or follow fishhead around.....Nate
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Old 01-10-2002, 06:23 AM
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From what I know the PNW steelhead are sleeker and lighter than the Great Lakes steelhead in general. Even our smaller fish under 28 inches tend to be like footballs. Oh well I would say my chance is slim and none of meeting those speficifications. Plus i usually do not carry a camera with me.

Already have enough stuff in the dam vest
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Old 01-10-2002, 09:20 AM
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OK, let's make it 30" since 20" is the minimum legal length and it's gonna take something over minimum to warrant the prize on our shoestring budget. Also it must be a winter / spring fish although I highly doubt we'll make it that far with the returns this year. One last thing: it must be caught by a registered Forum member, of course.
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Old 01-10-2002, 04:42 PM
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It could be done . But that is an awesome size limit , what about a 30" and above ? :eyecrazy:
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Old 01-10-2002, 06:12 PM
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Andy, I'd love to see a Southern Oregonian..

Spend a bit of time in Washington and "bring home the bacon."

Pinch down those barb's fish-head!
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Old 01-10-2002, 07:43 PM
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Hmm Washington does sound like the best place. Have to check the business schedule, sure have enough frequent flyer tickets and vacation time to burn.
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Wait A Minute...

You are all wrong, Mr. Evans. We need to direct this Midwesterner to the fabled and storied and still very productive waters of Oregon.

The last thing us Washingtonians need is another fisherman on our rivers.

Ofcourse I am just kidding...and in fact, if you ever out this way PMFlyfisher, shoot me a hollar and we'll spend a day fishing for 'real' steelhead.
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Oh, yes the NF Stilly is on the to do list for sure.

That and the Skagit/Sauk.

Probably have to borrow that 18 foot spey rod from Fred for the Skagit.

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Juro, Question...

How can you tell if the Steelhead you have caught is native or not? Are you supposed to do a scale sample and take an operculum punch to identify that this Steelhead is from this rivers (the river you're fishings) race of fish and has resisted all attempts from other races of Steelhead at introgression?

Sure you don't mean WILD Steelhead?

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