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So far mine have been kelts but oddily they have fought the best of any steelhead i've caught..out to the backing and jumps...one fought like a bulldog and i wasn't sure what the heck I had on...Got another one yesterday and lost one that took half my backing and never stopped...
 

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Kelts always fight the best Ive found this year..... I hooked well over 25 Chromers this year and only 2 kelts, only one of the chromers I hooked even came close to the fight one of the kelts put up... The Kelts seem to be more roudy and have more energy... maybe because they have already spawned and are starting to eat again ??? ???
 

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Kelts always fight the best Ive found this year..... I hooked well over 25 Chromers this year and only 2 kelts, only one of the chromers I hooked even came close to the fight one of the kelts put up... The Kelts seem to be more roudy and have more energy... maybe because they have already spawned and are starting to eat again ??? ???
Kelts don't normally fight better, They may seem full of energy at the start but they lose their energy fairly quickly. Fresh steelhead just about always put up the best fight. The headshakes are faster and the fish are full of piss and vinegar. One reason why it may seem that kelts fight better is the water temperature is warmer at the spawning time of year. You need to catch an April steelhead with sea lice before you say kelts fight better :eek:. There are many possible factors to why steelhead fight bad. It could have been caught several times, might have just shot some rapids etc. Those are just my observations.
 

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Hook water clarity is about 2-3 feet high. Water is rising very fast however and is already quite high as it is. I'de imagine that after this weekend fishing will be done till July. If you do plan on going make sure you camp where you can get out if something goes wrong, don't tent on the side of the river like Ive seen people doing before at this time of year, especially if the temp hits what it's suppose to this weekend. We are supose to get rain the next 2 days and the snow level dropped to the tops of the lower mountains again.... lots of snow melt will occur in 4 days of 28+ degree weather so get out before Friday if you can. Good luck.

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Kelts always fight the best Ive found this year..... I hooked well over 25 Chromers this year and only 2 kelts, only one of the chromers I hooked even came close to the fight one of the kelts put up... The Kelts seem to be more roudy and have more energy... maybe because they have already spawned and are starting to eat again ??? ???
Kelts don't normally fight better, They may seem full of energy at the start but they lose their energy fairly quickly. Fresh steelhead just about always put up the best fight. The headshakes are faster and the fish are full of piss and vinegar. One reason why it may seem that kelts fight better is the water temperature is warmer at the spawning time of year. You need to catch an April steelhead with sea lice before you say kelts fight better :eek:. There are many possible factors to why steelhead fight bad. It could have been caught several times, might have just shot some rapids etc. Those are just my observations.
I caught 2 this April, late April that were absolute beauties. One on them actually did have sea-lice, which is the one I referred to as the best fighting chromer I've ever had, Ive never seen a fish come that high out of the water before. The other one still put up a great fight. Another reason the kelts may have fought harder than usual is because both were hooked in extremely fast and turbulent water while most of my chromers were in medium water (some were in fast but not many of those were landed).
 

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Good point, made above!....Hook, If they temperature rise like they are predicting, the river will rise fast and will be a raging torrent of mud & debris by Saturday...Freezing levels above 5000 ft and 25 C temp will guarantee this!! Be careful!............Ortho 8)
 

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Thanks for the bad news FF :confused: i cant make it out this week now as im busy with stuff. I was leaning at Monday hopefully. anyone think the river MAY recover a bit by then or will it be blown way out.
 

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Look at the weather forecast HOOK. If we get the heat we are promised, there is only going to be much more water in the river, not less. It's pretty much over I think. :-[
 

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Last time out I got worked over good by a freshy! :eek: The river is coming up fast, and the window of opportunity is almost shut.

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Hee hee, heard about it from Tim...If it doesn't spike this next few days then personally I would rather be fishing it then anywhere in the interior..but looks like I'm gonna be conned into the other!!! Damn!!!
 

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Hey Guys,

Has anyone been on the river lately? I'm heading out tomorrow and wondering if the river is going to be totally blown out? Any reports out there on the water level and clarity?
 

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River is way up...... http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fullgraph.asp
Fishing is pretty much done now on the Vedder until July I would think (for Steelhead anyways) ... Mostly because what the river is reading now will proabably come up another .5 metres at least with this hot weather. Went for a walk on Thursday and saw lots of little trout rising for mayflies in the backwashes(small steelhead or rainbows I think). A few of my friends fly fished for them with tiny flies (doc spratley's and mosquito/mayfly imitations) and caught a lot. I decided to give it a try and landed 6, one was over 10 inches long. I havn't been there since Thursday though so I have no idea what it is like right now... good luck to everyone going fishing this weekend.
 

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no problem with it? you like fishing for steelhead out here dont you cody? well the more that survive means more steelheadfor us to fish for.. and you cant retain the wild ones and theres plenty of them caught too. i would personally like to see the river shut down all of july to allow any smolts that are going to the ocean to leave before they get raped by dew worms, that and endangered sockeye run that gets impacted because some beak cant tell the difference between a sockeye and jackspring.
 
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