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Definitely my biggest Steelhead ever.
Definitely my biggest Steelhead ever.
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Report at a Glance

General RegionThe U.P.
Fish CaughtSteelhead
Conditions & HatchesWater temps around 50 degrees. Air temps varying around 40 degrees. Water levels dropping and clearing up.

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Pryal74March 30th, 2012, 2:00 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Timing the Steelhead run can give you fits and force you to sit at the gas pump shaking your head. I am here to tell you it was worth the wait and long hours checking water temps, levels and fish sign.

I fished the same areas for 2 days never saw the same fish twice. I caught fish that were fresh and fish that had spent a portion of time in the river already.

The CFS had been quite high due to the little run off we DID have. Levels have fallen and with it, made fly fishing easier. The temps then plummeted to under 40 degrees which seemed to keep a huge push of fish from entering the rivers. The fish we found were scattered but extremely active.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
CrepuscularMarch 30th, 2012, 10:37 am
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 919
Nicely done James! Beautiful fish
WbranchMarch 30th, 2012, 3:23 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2505
Nice pictures - do you always go with someone who is willing to take your picture? Some of those fish loo9k like resident rainbows and many of the others look like true steelhead. That 1st and 2nd picture is a real brute/
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Pryal74March 30th, 2012, 7:34 pm
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Thanks! These are all Steelhead. If I don't have someone with me, I use the self timer.

The first fish (same as the second of course) is my biggest Steelhead ever. We have this awful cold snap right now. It's been around 40 degrees here a few days now. It's been tough. Only got 2 today.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
Jmd123March 31st, 2012, 8:56 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2379
James, did you get a weight or length on that monster? Or can you guestimate from experience? What a massive fish! Congrats on your biggest ever!

Jonathon

P.S. Man, I'd be happy with just one of the small ones...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Pryal74April 1st, 2012, 4:00 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
@ Jonathon, Thank you. From experience... in-between 17-18 pounds. I posted the video of the battle and release on our youtube channel. Obviously I had to edit the footage for time constraints. I didn't want to over post with pictures and videos so I save some up and then splurge. I'll put a link up to the video on another post in fishing reports. I'm going to cover some new water tomorrow. Thanks again everyone.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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