Can you tell a steelhead by the fight?
I have caught trout, smallmouth bass, and suckers while swinging flies for steelhead. It is pretty easy to tell within a few seconds whether the fish is a steelhead or one of those species.
It gets a lot trickier when there are other anadromous fish around, particularly coho. Two months ago, I hooked and lost a very large fish in an Alaskan river. The fish dashed upstream, then back down, thrashed near the surface, but never jumped, then broke me off with a head shake. I felt pretty certain it was a steelhead, though there were coho in the river, undoubtedly in larger numbers. All I saw of the fish was a silver flash. A big silver flash.
So, here's a question for those familiar with both species - can you, by the nature of the fish's fight, tell a coho from a steelhead?
Last edited by steelhead23; 11-21-2019 at 10:53 AM.