The Steelies Steal the Day!

Fly Fishing for Steelhead

So, Wyatt ‘my middle name shoulda been Earp’ Tibbitts called me Monday and said, “take tomorrow off, we’ve got to head to Salmon and slay some Steelies”.  I’m always good for a day of hookie and Wyatt had just been up there Saturday and slayed quite a few of them.  So, needless to say we headed up early Tuesday and recruited Gene Simmons to join us.

It was Gene and mines first time fly fishing for Steelhead.  We were pretty excited.  I had gone when I was young with my older brother. At that time, my older brother geared up my Zebco rod with a large Red Devil spoon and told me to go cast ‘over there’, while he loaded his fancy baitcasting rig with a sweet red ball with yarn and double hooks.  Funny enough, about 10 minutes later I had a steelie on my Zebco until it jumped out of the water twice and broke me off.  My older brother just shook his head in disbelief.

Regardless, it gave me the bug and that bug was satisfied Tuesday (for the time being).

We floated the first section from downtown to Carmen.  The Steelies blanked us for the first little bit, but after it warmed up a bit Wyatt recommended I wade to the middle and let it drift into a nice run.  I did that for a while nymphing some eggs back and forth.  Then I let it swing a bit and bam, my first Steelie ever.  It put up a good fight and after it was landed, it was a good 26 inches, pretty standard up there.

After a few hours with only the one steelie under our belt Wyatt guided us down to the honey hole.  There we hooked 5 steelhead in 90 minutes and landed 3. Gene Simmons lost a battle with a pig of a steelie that fought him for 20 minutes.  The highlight for me was a 30 inch muscular native that I finally landed thanks to some good net work by Wyatt and fantastic photography by Gene Simmons.

I can’t wait to do it again.



8 Responses to “The Steelies Steal the Day!”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Dang…. went up yesterday but went way too far down the river to water best fished with bait casting gear not a fly rod.

    The video is available to friends only, is that intended just to tease us? 😉


    chubbsypeterson Reply:

    Kevin, the stretch from town to Carmen has been pretty hot.
    Im surprised the video isn’t working. i just posted it on our facebook page.


  2. Big Hoss Says:


    I hate you!!!


    Chubbs Reply:

    but the steelies love me. :)


  3. Nancy Says:

    Is there a guide service you would recommend in Salmon?


    Chubbs Reply:

    Nancy, i don’t know of any, but i am sure there are some guides there. i will ask some of my buddies that fish it often what they know and i will get back to you.



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