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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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It's even better when you get a large pod of willing fish all to yourself, with nobody else in sight! I know it's early and everywhere ain't in the game yet. But later season, Walnut will always be crowded, and it isn't the only game in town.

Posted on: 2013/9/23 13:56


Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Don't listen to him. Walnut, and specifically the project waters and Manchaser hole (the semi-circle jerk) are and always will be the only game in town. No use in fishing anywhere else, especially on Fridays.

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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Don't listen to him. Walnut, and specifically the project waters and Manchaser hole (the semi-circle jerk) are and always will be the only game in town. No use in fishing anywhere else, especially on Fridays.


Stop Sign hole is the full-circle.... Not that there is anything wrong with that

Posted on: 2013/9/23 14:26
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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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So how much of a nightmare is this really? This is my first year fly fishing, and the steelhead runs is one of the main reasons I did. Just everything I read it sounds like i wont even be able to cast without catching a neighboring fisherman. I missed last weekend no thanks to a buddies wedding, spent the day saturday taking pictures in the rain thinking about how i wouldnt be able to make it to Erie the next day. I'm going this weekend just mainly because im anxious to get up there, and i know levels will be way down again and i dont expect it to be good, but when it is good, is it as bad as it sounds with the crowds? Or is just a few holes that get this wonderfully put "circle jerk" with other areas being more open but just holding far less fish?

Posted on: 2013/9/23 19:40


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So how much of a nightmare is this really? This is my first year fly fishing, and the steelhead runs is one of the main reasons I did. Just everything I read it sounds like i wont even be able to cast without catching a neighboring fisherman. I missed last weekend no thanks to a buddies wedding, spent the day saturday taking pictures in the rain thinking about how i wouldnt be able to make it to Erie the next day. I'm going this weekend just mainly because im anxious to get up there, and i know levels will be way down again and i dont expect it to be good, but when it is good, is it as bad as it sounds with the crowds? Or is just a few holes that get this wonderfully put "circle jerk" with other areas being more open but just holding far less fish?


It all depends. The fish end up in pools when they can't move upstream readily. Then, fisherpeople swarm the holes. If water is up, fish will be on the move everywhere. And even if the water is down, there are pools that you actually have to walk more then ten feet to and pressure is lighter there. It's a contrived fishery in a somewhat unnatural setting after all. Don't stress about it too much; walk a bit and you'll have plenty of casting room. Be prepared for your fair share of jerks and also some really nice people.

Posted on: 2013/9/23 19:55


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Best advice is to get up there, walk around, and get to know the place.

Posted on: 2013/9/23 20:09
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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Yea that is mainly what i plan on doing, i dont expect to get anything really, but i more or less want to get familiar with the area and the streams so I can do a little better when the season really kicks in just everything i read seems intimidating to a certain extent, but still very excited. For me a little walking is welcomed so its good to hear that i can still find some spots.

Posted on: 2013/9/23 20:21


Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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There are PLENTY of places to fish up there. Literally about 10 fishable streams that you can walk around and find a good section to fish by yourself if you want. The longer the season goes the easier it is to find solitude. The key is being willing to go when the conditions are right because they can literally change every day depending on rain. Go up, get your butt whooped a few times and learn. Also check out the Steelhead JAM in the events forum. You can hook up with some guys there and they'll teach you a thing or two.

Also search some old threads on the subject here. There's some good ones from years past.

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Weather in the 70's this weekend will bring out throngs of area fishermen. tribs will be low and clear with hoards around the few fish to be found. That is my prediction. I'm going east to fish before the fall spawn.

Posted on: 2013/9/23 21:16


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Before fall spawn?

Posted on: 2013/9/23 22:36
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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Mucka, I believe my description of the lower end of Walnut was fairly accurate and it would also apply well to lower Elk. But the rest was a joke.

You can always find a place to fish that isn't crowded. It just requires a little homework and a little walking.

Cept of Fridays when all the fish go back down stream to the lower parts of Elk Walnut, so no reason to even look beyond that on Fridays.

Posted on: 2013/9/24 7:07
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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Well, planning to make a trip up this weekend, usually make my first trip the first weekend in October, but this year I have plans the first two weekends, and plus, with my new job, it's been a very stressful past couple of weeks, and I haven't had much time to fish, so it will be great to get away, even to have a few cold brews while watching some football in my hotel room.

From what I hear, there ARE fish in the streams, its just a matter of getting away from the crowds, and finding a pod to yourself. Either that, or presenting your fly better than everyone else in low conditions. Also a matter of your opinion of "worth it" or "numbers of fish." I'm perfectly content and satisfied catching two or three fish in a day, but I know there are those grumpy old timer locals who will stand there and tell you how much better it was 30 years ago, and how they were supposedly hooking up every other cast when the fish were stacked so thick, you could walk across their backs.

Don't forget that tossing streamers into the lake at the mouths of the creeks can also be rewarding or challenging, did this last year, it is exciting to see a fresh chrome with fight take off with your fly and run for Canada.


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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Assuming things are already low and clear already? Was hoping to run up tomorrow, but I'm thinking we need rain again and I should wait for more appealing conditions.

Posted on: 2013/9/24 13:45


Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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http://www.unclejohnselkcreekcamp.com/webcam/

looks fairly low again, but not real clear.

Looking at the forecast, it doesn't look like it's getting better any time soon.

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Re: Steelhead 2013-2014 Thread

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Want to head up badly, but it just looks like things are a trickle again. Flow gauges back theory that up. Darn! I could have used a good sick day! ;)

Posted on: 2013/9/24 14:36



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