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2018 XL Steelhead

XL Steelhead

I like to think of the steelhead season like a hockey game.  It has three periods to the game, that last a total of 6-7 months.  Period one is the Fall-Run, then Winter Steelhead, and the final period is Spring Steelhead. In the first period of this game, the Fall Run  we have had some XL sized Steelhead show up.  In my personal experience fishing the Manistee River, we had some epic battles with steelhead.  These battle would make your cry on one hand, and almost laugh on another.  The pure strength , speed, and power of these fish left my anglers helpless, and these XL steelhead finished them off so quickly that we didn’t even know what happened.  I relate this too a UFC Fight.  Round 1 first 10 sec TKO.

Steelhead Guides

But two of my fellow Steelhead Guides had the opportunity of landing two extremely large steelhead.  Fellow Guides and Scott Fly Rod Pro’s. Kevin Feenstra and Brad Petzke shared these images and my mouth dropped.  Kevin’s fish came from the Muskegon River on a swung fly.  One of his Halloween Leech patterns.  (FYI now available commercially for sale)

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20 pound Steelhead caught on the Muskegon River

The second fish of XL size was shared by Brad Petzke who guides the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, less is known about this fish as Brad works really hard to find steelhead hot spots so we are going to respect that and provide no additional details. But if your looking to fish the UP you have to give Brad a call.  I’m not sure if this steelhead was eating baitfish out of the Great Lakes, or Big Macs at McDonalds.  The girth on this fish is very impressive.  Great job Brad and thank you for sharing.

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Amazing Steelhead from the UP in Michigan

Second Period

I look forward to the second period as winter steelhead fishing probably provides one of the best opportunities to land a XL Steelhead.  With water temps dropping these big Boyz don’t have full speed anymore.  Still have plenty of power to pull us all into deep timber but, the best chance to land a XL is starting now.  Stay tuned hopefully for more XL Steelhead pics to come.

Pic of the Day – 2018 Fall Steelhead Run

The 2018 Fall Steelhead run has begun, so far size of the fish is very impressive.  Looking forward to the next 2 months.  Make sure to check out the fishing reports for the Manistee River and the Muskegon River for more pictures and updated information.  Hope to see you out there, have a great fall.

 

Fish Weight – Pic of the Day

Fish Weight

Its been a year of big water and big steelhead. This pic of the day symbolizes some of the size that we have been encountering. This year has been tough for me to judge the weight of some of these giants. As I’m not a fan of the boga grip to determine weight, for a variety of reasons.  Even hanging the fish in the net and then weighting the net and fish doesn’t feel very accurate. I usually go be lenght of the fish to determine the weight. As from my previous experiences a 30 inch fish was about 10 pounds, and every inch after that added a pound. But this year the fish are dimensionally / proportionally different.  Seeing girth’s on these fish that I have not seen before.  They are “thick” as we call it.

Fishing Apps

As a few fish that we caught yesterday suggest.  With length’s of 32 inches and girths of 17.5 inches.  With the help of the a little math.  We figured we had fish in the 14 pound range.  Doing some research looks like there are App’s available http://www.fishweight.net , that you don’t even need a tape measure.  I might spend the $5 and try this app, and do a product review.  More to come later.  In the mean time, I’m using this app currently to help do the math – also has a feature to choose your fish species.  As weight has to be different based on species?  I would think.  But I’m trying to learn all this, as fish this year are special, and with the colder temps, we are staring to land a few more of the giants now.

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12 pounds on 6 weight

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Small Creek Image – Pic of the Day

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Spring Chrome – Pic of the Day

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Winter Steelhead Underwater – Pic of the Day

Steelhead Eye – Picture of the Day

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Kamchatka Steelhead Data Research

YETI Presents: Kamchatka Steelhead Project from YETI Coolers on Vimeo.

On Russia’s eastern coast, the remote Kamchatka Peninsula is teeming with wild Steelhead, kept protected by the country’s strict endangered species regulations. Follow Dr. Kuzishchin, Big Sasha, and their group of anglers as they document and preserve the legacy of Kamchatka’s Steelhead population.

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Pic of the Day – Underwater Steelhead by Erik Rambo

Erik Rambo captured this amazing shot of a Big Manistee River Steelhead on a bright sunny day.