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Seeing as how I'm not near any steelhead rivers this year I've been spending time swinging streamers for the browns and rainbows 'round these parts. Had my best luck so far this winter today

I got shut down early in the day and then again around noon on two different river sections miles apart. Around three I walked up to some water, maybe a foot deep, and tossed out about ten feet of line with a ten foot leader.

Looped on the end was a natural sex dungeon. The second it hit the water and started to swing I see shoulders rise up and chase it down. Attacks the dungeon and breaks it off. I figure I missed the chance with a bad knot.

I retie a black dungeon that I tied a bit bulkier, flashy and heavy. Head down stream maybe twenty feet to a pool three or four feet deep and moving fast. First cast.. slam! Hit like a truck and took me to my backing way down stream. I had to wade after him for a good ten minutes.

Hardest fight I've ever gotten out of a river trout. Its not the largest I've caught but it was a hell of a fight and its a gorgeous fish. Twenty two inches and some change. I dunno how tall the shoulders are but around six inches. I keep em in the water and only lift the head for a quick snap shot. No hero shots or pics of me bench pressing him. Haha

He wasnt bleeding in that pic. Just deep cold water colors. Thanks for looking!







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This is a very pretty fish indeed. Looks like it has been painted by an artist!
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That first pic is a striking photo. Amazing. Glad to see you are catching big trout. That works.

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What A Beaut!

That's a big one in my book bud! Every now & then I get into a big one but many times they come undone and I don't land them. I don't want a bunch of guys to pounce on me for blasphemous statements but I'll share my thoughts about big rainbow trout with you here. Where I live and fish there are rainbow / steelhead trout, many of the trout drift into the brackish tidewaters and some go into the Inlet, unless I catch them close to the salt water or they are bright with sea lice I don't know who is who. Of course there are Pacific Steelhead Trout but I don't draw any line of distinction between a big rainbow and a steelhead. If I catch a rainbow and it is 27" long and obviously 6 or 7 years old I don't waste a bunch of time wondering if it's a steelhead, they're all steelhead to me when they get that big. The only fish I hooked up with this fall that I could honestly say was a steelhead came off the hook. How do I know or what made me think that............ it was about the size of a very large silver or small king and I was only a mile above the Inlet.

Having a catch like you made would have made my season, especially the fall. We had almost 6 weeks of flooding and now my favorite places are iced over........

Congratulations on a beautiful catch!

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Very nice

It is a beautiful fish - bows, browns and steelhead are all nice. I do like the colours and markings on this fish.

I appreciate no hero shots too. It really is nice to photograph those beautiful fish and hard gain prizes, but lately, I have been taking no pictures, so as I can release them quicker.

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Gorgeous fish !!!
It looks hand painted







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Those are some massive shoulders. Don't feel bad about being away ffrom steelhead water when you have fish like that around.

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Congrats For catching that beauty trout and he has some shoulders on him! Well done on handling the fish . I agree with Ard a fish like that will make your whole season .cheers

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Hell yeah thanks everyone! It was a hell of a fight and the barbs were pinched, so a few times when we hung in the fast currents I'd swear he was gone, give a tug , and zoom off he'd go again.
Gorgeous colors. Those are cellphone pics too. He was naturally that colorful. No photo editing done.

Definitely made my winter Ard! Was a little taste of the sea run rainbows I'll be missing this winter and spring.

Thanks again . I'm glad y'all enjoyed the pics

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Wow! Fantastic fish!! Great job wrangling that beast
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Hey GW, nice pics there....must have been a real piscatorial rodeo.
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Wow...gorgeous fish!
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Thanks fellas. Anyone ever fish a sex dungeon for steelhead? I'd imagine they attack sculpin that approach them just like any other migrating fish. Plus they have amazing movement. I tie em upside down so I can get em on the bottom or in shallow water and avoid hang ups

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