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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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I just did a three day float on the Grande Ronde. It was a great trip. I landed my first steel on a waking dry. We don't get to skate back here in the great lakes. So now I'm spoiled. It was also the first time the other guy in the picture has ever used a net to land a steelhead. The group of guys were top notch, we had a ball. I won't elaborate because as they say, what happens in camp stays in camp.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 02:41 PM
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Congratulations, beautiful steelhead !!
Who says you can't wake for steelhead here in the Greatlakes ??
Try it, you never know until you do ... I've been doing it for a few seasons now and have had success ... you can too !!

Great photo !!


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Haha, that's rad, beautiful native. Is that Eric's net? Dec is a solid dude, had the pleasure of joining those guys last year, had a blast as well.

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Congrats for sure!

Nice looking fish. Dec is holding up pretty well too.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Yes Erics net. He was taking the photos as well at the hole in the wall hole. Dec is a great guy and works magic with a fly line. Rob
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Nice! Congrats. I had to pull the plug on my Ronde trip this year, unfortunately.
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Sweet! Nice work! Heading over for a few days next week. First time doing the camp float so I'm pretty pumped.

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Hey, just a warning, that other guy in the picture picked my pocket on a run on the Deschutes a few years back. The other guides warned me he does that to a lot of people. So just watch out when he steps in behind you being so “deferential” and “polite like” and following all the “rules” and everything.

But seriously, congrats on the skater success! That trip is still on my bucket list.

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Is that reel a Petrevan or Henshaw? Farlows...?
How do you like it?

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Its a Henshaw. I like it almost as much as I do my Olson. I had to keep a close eye on it cause Dec liked it too and Eric kept trying to buy it from me. The coolest part about this fish it was a comeback fish. The first time he came out of the water and missed the fly, hitting right behind it. I placed the next cast in the exact same spot with my heart already pounding a mile a minute. In the exact same spot on the swing he smashed it.
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Nice fish! Is there enough water for a hard boat, or is a raft needed? I'm headed in that general direction and thinking of pulling my drift boat.

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we had 4 rafts and a drift boat
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A drift boat is sorta possible, but it'll be getting bumped a lot and sometimes you'll have to walk it over shallows depending on how much weight you've got in it.
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Its a Henshaw. I like it almost as much as I do my Olson. I had to keep a close eye on it cause Dec liked it too and Eric kept trying to buy it from me. The coolest part about this fish it was a comeback fish. The first time he came out of the water and missed the fly, hitting right behind it. I placed the next cast in the exact same spot with my heart already pounding a mile a minute. In the exact same spot on the swing he smashed it.
Nice! I hear those Henshaws are killer. Nice gear.

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Nice fish! Is there enough water for a hard boat, or is a raft needed? I'm headed in that general direction and thinking of pulling my drift boat.
They run hard boats and rafts through the sections easily accessed by the road all the way down to Shumaker but after that it's roadless and you have the narrows to deal with. I guess sometimes people line drift boats through it but it sure wouldn't be something I'd want to try, especially the second part of the narrows.
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