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Old 01-05-2015, 12:16 AM
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With the holidays upon us it not only gives me an opportunity to get together with friends and family but I also now take advantage of the fact that my family lives extremely close to some of the best steelhead fishing around. Luckily I found some time to hop in one of my favorite Lake Erie tribs for a few hours on the drive home from Christmas in Rochester. It was a cold day on the stream but when you have the chance to hook up with a steelhead, it can sure make up for it. Not many bites at all really and so I was fortunate to have a couple fish for a photo session. Unfortunately I think I am done chasing NY fish until spring... good thing it is only three months away...



About as fresh as they come...


Definitely a nice fish for the stream...




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Old 01-05-2015, 09:34 AM
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Nice report

I thought you should have a big grin in that last shot, maybe it was cold, but you look almost pissed off
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:32 PM
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I thought you should have a big grin in that last shot, maybe it was cold, but you look almost pissed off
It's called being in the zone...

I will say that I am tired of the cold though as well... looking forward to hopefully some early season warm weather along with some nice hatches in the mountains. Keeping fingers crossed...


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Old 01-06-2015, 10:57 PM
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Good stuff. Are you swinging flies? What kind of setup are you using?

I just got a 7 wt switch rod with a couple lines (Rio Skagit and Switch) and am obsessing over a return trip to Norcal/Oregon next month. I went for the first time last year and was undergunned in a major way with a 6 weight.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:33 PM
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Not swinging yet but soon...
I'm currently putting together a 7wt skagit setup with wulff ambush for the upcoming season. Right now I'm primarily nymphing mostly with eggs. For the smaller Erie tribs I go fairly light with my 4/5wt trout switch. That rod makes the average fish a blast and the occasional bruiser a handful...

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I went for the first time last year and was undergunned in a major way with a 6 weight.
I definitely hear you on this... no more messing around for me either. It will be standard issue 7/8wt switch/spey for me from here on out, especially in the heavier flows over on Ontario. Wish I was going to Norcal/Oregon next month! Make sure to post some pics if you can...


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Shouldn't we have a 2016 update by now?
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Yeah I would love to see a 2016 update. Love the Steele
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Shouldn't we have a 2016 update by now?
I hear you and was thinking the exact same thing... we most certainly should!! Should, being the key word here. Unfortunately, I did not make it this year so the best I can do is promises of spring...

I did dig up a couple pics of winter steel to try and help us make it through the dry spell...


A memorable release from last season...


Sweet steel in your face...




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That top release photo is great. Man I am envious of you
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Those are some monsters
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