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fishing the Vedder the past couple of months, I finally caught my first steelhead!

I went out on April 6th just before lunch and fished quite a few spots. I started at Ways Field with some blades and hooked into something. At first I thought it was a pretty weak steelhead, but after I got in back close to the bank I saw it was a Dollie. Not bad, but not what I was looking for.

I then went to Borden Creek, fished there and saw nothing. Then went to the Piles place in Yarrow and didn't see or get anything. Drove back down Chwk Lake Rd and thought I might check out Thurston Meadows. When I got there I didn't really know where to go, so I asked the people in the little check-in/info building. One guy was really nice and told me where to fish and how to fish the pool. I fished it the way the guy told me and, Wham! I hook into something and it snaps my leader right away. Retie and cast again and have another fish on! After a few times of hooking into a steelhead and loosing it, I'm finally able to land this one, my first one! It was a doe(maybe 10 pounds) and starting to colour. It was pretty hard to unhook because I was by myself, but I remembered what Hook(i think it was him) said about stroking the belly of the fish. As soon as I did that, the fish calmed down, I unhooked it, revived it and it swam away.

Sorry there's no pics. I don't usually take them when I'm by myself fishing.

Thanks for all the help! :beerchug:
 

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the belly rub strikes again ;D ;D glad to hear you got your first one. if you had landed all you would have had a few eh :thumbup: and yes that was me that mentioned the belly stroke, works most of the time but not always, some fish are just way too squirelly and wont calm down ;D ;D
 

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Great getting that first one eh... I just started fishing Steelhead last year with one landed (was wild) and one lost. This year I hooked a lot more but I only ended up beaching 6 (My 1st hatchery ever was on March 2nd), not bad for my 2nd year I guess. Can't wait till I can drive next fall ;)
Hopefully I can get a couple more before April is over...

Congragulations on your first one, after the monkey is off your back it only gets easier. I'm sure many more will be coming your way. ;)
 
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