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Its been a slow start to the steelhead season this year. Mainly due IMO to lack of rainfall and the low level of Lake Ontario at the estuary.
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Yesterday swinging a small Brown/orange/copper cut-shank I lost 2 larger fish but managed to land a 20" female which put up a spectacular fight for her size.
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This was only my 4th steelhead so far this fall. But getting one of these beautiful creatures to crush a swung fly that you have created imparts a sense accomplishment and satisfaction that makes our method IMO the highest skill level in steelhead angling.
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fyi - I appreciate you are not doing hero shots with holding the fish out of the water. I have migrated to trying never to touch the fish in the release and willing to lose a picture, if possible.
Thank you! I also hate in when people drag the fish up on the rocks & sand for a photo and then say the fish was "released". I always have the fish in a few inches of water for a quick photo and length measurement. #Keep them wet
 

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Well after a week of 2,000 CFS+ I should be up fishing on Saturday December 3. Fingers crossed the water drops to a wade-able level and the fish have settled in. Would love to fish the dry line but will pack a set of full sinking heads and tips too. Will be upriver from dawn if anyone wants to go on a hike.
 

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Either ends of the 2000+ cfs (rise and drop) were pretty productive. Had a great day with 2200 cfs. Love fishing high water. Opens up water that are crowded in any other time.
 
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