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Silex-user:
I though I gave FWR members a brief updates on my fishing report in Washington state rivers. Yesterday I caught my 3rd B-run wild steelhead about 14 lbs. Down here there  are 2 runs of winter steelheads an A-run which comes in around Nov. to Jan. and B-run starting end of Jan to April.

The A-runs tend to be on the small size 5-7 lbs and the B-runs tend to be bigger around 8 lbs to upper teens. Think about our northern cohoes that come in later and tend to be hook nose, bigger than the early runs.

I being fishing mostly the Columbia River tributaries rivers and nice thing about is there usually 3 hatchery steelheads limit. Also, there is mandatory hatchery retention. You cannot not release the hatchery steehead you catch. I only so far caught 2 hatchery steelheads in  one day outings so far this season (A-run)

There lots of rivers for me fished from in 2 hours drive from King County where I stay. But I only fished 3 rivers because there are little more bank access. My favorite month to fish here is April because there still some late B-run steelheads and also the summer run steelheads start to show up. A bonus is the start of the Springer (American term for Spring chinook)runs beginning in late March into June in the rivers where I fish for steelheads.

One comment I get a lot is "are you fly fishing" from fishermen down here. No, I am using center pin reel, drift rod and float fishing method. Lots guys down here used spinning reel and rods.

I gave more update reports next time if  you readers are interested.

I still missed fishing the Chilliwack/Vedder river because that where I learned to fish for steelheads close to 40 years ago.



Silex user

lapa:
Thanks a lot for report.

bigsnag:
 8) 8) 8) Thanks!!!



DanL:

--- Quote from: Silex-user on February 07, 2018, 05:10:54 PM ---I though I gave FWR members a brief updates on my fishing report in Washington state rivers. Yesterday I caught my 3rd B-run wild steelhead about 14 lbs. Down here there  are 2 runs of winter steelheads an A-run which comes in around Nov. to Jan. and B-run starting end of Jan to April.
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Regarding the A & B runs, I wonder if are they distinct populations, or do they interbreed. I thought steelhead sometimes hang out in the rivers for quite some time before spawning.


--- Quote ---One comment I get a lot is "are you fly fishing" from fishermen down here. No, I am using center pin reel, drift rod and float fishing method. Lots guys down here used spinning reel and rods.
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Not a lot of drift fishers down there? What's the most common method for steelheading?

Tadpole:
Thanks SU. Can you tell us more about the differences between methods of LM and US west coast?

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