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WbranchMarch 22nd, 2009, 6:24 pm
York & Starlight PA

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I wanted to share this photo of a really large Erie tributary steelhead that my friend caught last week. This male was caught last Saturday on pink sucker spawn and 7# tippet. It was just one of about thirty he caught on Saturday. I'd say he had a stellar day.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
DOSMarch 22nd, 2009, 9:06 pm
Buffalo, NY

Posts: 64
wow that is a monster, good god! True trophy!! Look how his hand sinks into the belly, that adipose fin thats the size of his thumb and how think the tail is... signs of a real monster! Any Erie fish greater than 10lbs is quite exceptional !!
Andrew Nisbet
JADMarch 23rd, 2009, 6:23 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
That"s a real good looking hen. The females are usually a bit heavier while the males are long and skinny. Here's one from today in the thirty plus.

John

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
WbranchMarch 24th, 2009, 10:27 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2651
I also thought it was a hen but in another picture you can see a stream of milt coming out of the anal vent.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WbranchMarch 24th, 2009, 10:52 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2651
See new picture - maybe it's a hermaphrodite steelie! Surely has a hen's head shape though.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
JADMarch 24th, 2009, 2:29 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
Yes I do, I thought it was a bra strap. Your friends fish must be watching a lot of TV and nipping on Crown Royal.

I stand corrected.

John

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
TroutnutApril 1st, 2009, 3:46 pm
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2592
Beautiful fish! I'm jealous. Liquid water is just beginning to show up around here on some of the warmer days.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WbranchApril 1st, 2009, 4:27 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2651
Yes, it's an amazing steelhead, especially for the Erie streams in PA.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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