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It may seem early, specially with the weather we've been having as of late, but the steelhead have already started their fall run.

I was fishing a Lake Superior trib this last weekend for salmon, but was suprised to catch two steelhead.

The largest one was a hen that slammed my spinner. Once she know she was hooked she took off across stream pealing my 8 lb test line off my reel like it was nothing. All I could do was just stand, watch and pray that she would stop soon!

She stop far a few seconds, but then came right at me. I reeled as fast as I could, but couldn't catch up with her until she stopped for a few seconds. Once I caught up with her she rolled on top.

When she was rolling on top I could see silvery sides with what looked like a little pink. Right then the thought that I may have a steelhead entered my mind.

After she got done rolling she again took off across stream, but this time she didn't run as far. She stopped in the current.
I know then that the fish was running out of gas and now it was going to use the current to fight me.

After a long battle with a few more short runs I was able to keep her out of the current. It was then that I got my first up close look at the fish, and sure enofe it was a steelhead.

I quickly landed her and took a quick measurement (24") before releasing her.

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Steve, were you fishing in MN, or did you go out and try to find a new place to get JimW lost in Packerland. smile.gif

Did we miss out on those river run browns this year?

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This time I was over in Packerland. Yep this is a new place to fish.

Be sure to tell Jim that I seen a huge bear cross the river just down stream of me. It was very late in the day and as far as I could tell I was the only one on the river.

No, you didn't miss out you could still catch lake run browns, but this year has been hit or miss with them.

I'm headed back up there next weekend with Tie Flyer to try for some steelhead and Cohos. Should be fun.

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Wow! That sounds like it was a fun fight. It's always nice to get a mixed bag of fish, but a mixed bag of salmonoids is next to heaven!

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I wish I could go along. Sounds like fun!
Bring the camera, don't get lost and definitely do not become dinner!!lol

Bring on Fall wading!!!!!!!!!

Jim W

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Thank God there's a good berry and nut crop this year or else I may have very well been dinner for that one!

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