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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2001, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: loco_altoDate: 11/21/2001 7:14 AM
Here's a query or two for the fine folks of this group:

1) How much of your fishing time is spent chasing steelhead/atl. salmon?
2) How much of that steelhead/atl. salmon time is spent with a double hander?

my answers in good faith, and curious what you do:

1) Timewise I fish for trout and steelhead about 50/50, mostly seasonal, and due to proximity (vastly prefer the steelhead zen)

2) Most of my steelhead time is with a single hander because I (unfortunately) mostly chase winter fish on small coastal Oregon streams. These waters are as wide as most spey rods are long, and long spey rods are a complete mess on these rivers, a definite liability, and I reserve them for more occasional summer trips to broader waters. Spey casts work quite well with single handers on these small waters.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2001, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 11/21/2001 1:15 PM
95% of my time is with a 2 hander after steelhead or salmon. Fish almost every Sat and Sunday (short trips of 3-4 hours/day-home by noon). During the summer-fall will also hit the river for an additional hour or two before or after work a few times per week. (And you're right 'loco', do love that little sage 7100xp for close in work.).
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2001, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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After looking over last years log, I fished 92 days. Of these, 4 days for Deshutes resides with a single hand 5 weight, 1 day for North Cascade rainbows with a 3 weight, 4 days chasing chum in the salt with my 8 weight single hander and the remaining 82 days were spent chasing steelhead with one of my long rods.

With this past springs North Sound closures, my total will be down a bit but the rod distribution will be about the same.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2001, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Bill KDate: 11/21/2001 7:27 PM
I've got kids (10 and 11), so the trout fishing has to dominate.  This is the first year I've taken one of them on a steelhead trip that wasn't a family camping trip.  Both my kids got bug-eyed when they saw their first steelhead landed, and want to go.  My last trip (probably for the year) was a couple weekends ago.  My 10-yr-old and I had a good time mixing trout and steelhead fishing.
 
So, I'm probably 70% trout, 30% steelhead.  I haven't done much winter fishing of late, or small streams, so all of that 30% is with my only 2-hander.
 
Of course, my total days fishing are only 15 to 25 a year, but those days are full days--away from home camping, generally.  Geez, it's only November and I'm already longing for next year!  I plan to attend the Sandy clave again, and this time I won't have a bad back! (hope)
 
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2001, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Willie GunnDate: 11/21/2001 8:14 PM
Hi Bill K
 
You wrote  " I've got kids (10 and 11 ) " I cannot resist,  What two wives or just lost count ? . Sorry but  I thought it was funny.
 
 
 
 
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2001, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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No need to apologize, it WAS funny!  I didn't see the possibility the way I wrote it.  Thanks for the laugh.  Of course, I meant 2 kids, ages 10 and 11!
 
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-24-2001, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: BarryDate: 11/24/2001 2:45 AM
Living in Wisconsin, my use of the 2-hander is limited and seasonal. Spring is split between steelhead and trout 60/40 in favor of the steelhead. All but 1 of my steelhead trips this past spring were with a 2-hander. Summer time is trout time and I enjoy the company of a 2 or 3 wt. The Lake Michigan tribs are to warm to support steelhead this time of year. Fall is 2 hand time. I fish 4 or more days a week in the fall and only once did I use a single hander.
 
So to break it all down, I would say my time is split 50/50 between trout and steelhead. But when I am out steelheading, 99.9999% of my time is with the spey. 
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