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We have had high water here on the Salmon River for most of the month of November making it hard to find a spot to get a slow swing.
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But if you don't go you won't catch a fish. So I put on a 8 foot tip of T-11 and a big 4" Lady Gaga cut-shank and gave it another try. After 5 hours of standing in 41-degree water I was rewarded with a savage grab just before I was going to quit for the day. Several high speed runs almost put a birdsnest in my Hardy Perfect. But the #2 Octopus stinger hook held and I was able to slide this 29" female up on a shallow gravel bar.
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We have had high water here on the Salmon River for most of the month of November making it hard to find a spot to get a slow swing.
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But if you don't go you won't catch a fish. So I put on a 8 foot tip of T-11 and a big 4" Lady Gaga cut-shank and gave it another try. After 5 hours of standing in 41-degree water I was rewarded with a savage grab just before I was going to quit for the day. Several high speed runs almost put a birdsnest in my Hardy Perfect. But the #2 Octopus stinger hook held and I was able to slide this 29" female up on a shallow gravel bar. View attachment 388872
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Congrats.....Very well played. That’s a beautiful Steelie and I’m sure the perseverance involved in late fall and winter steelhead spey fishing was worth the effort. These fish are all memorable catches.
Regards from the Restigouche....Jim
 

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Well done Paul :)
That's a great fish, chunky-monkey!!
You must be rigging your shanks riverside with the "pass through" method, yes?


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Thanks Mike! Yes I rig my cut-shanks "Ed Ward " style with the hook attached riverside. It takes a few minutes to change flies but usually I just put a fly on at home and leave it on all day unless I get to the river and see that conditions have changed and my selection is inappropriate.
 

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We have had high water here on the Salmon River for most of the month of November making it hard to find a spot to get a slow swing.
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But if you don't go you won't catch a fish. So I put on a 8 foot tip of T-11 and a big 4" Lady Gaga cut-shank and gave it another try. After 5 hours of standing in 41-degree water I was rewarded with a savage grab just before I was going to quit for the day. Several high speed runs almost put a birdsnest in my Hardy Perfect. But the #2 Octopus stinger hook held and I was able to slide this 29" female up on a shallow gravel bar. View attachment 388872
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Nice WORK, Good-Sir! Yeah Man, sounds like you deserved THAT fish. Right on............ Great looking fly too.
 
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