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Took the sled out on the familiar Snoqualmie river, tempted to bank the Green again after yesterday's success but it was boat time. And the Green never seems to produce for us 2 days in a row.

Went to familiar waters with 2 guests in the boat. Good water, vis about 3.5' due to snowmelt color, we go 2 for 5. The guests fish pictured taped out at 38-39 inches length, didn't take girth due to getting fish back on its way. It swam off with a Hawg Quest worthy tail splash! this was the guests largest steelie taken. Estimate around 18-high 19 pounds, a little more girth and maybe 20 and ounces. Diver-spinglo-pinkworm with circle hook got this kahuna.
Guest also hooked up a late, red but decent shape coho, hard fighter too!
I managed a chromer hen, around #10lbs, no pic, fast water quick release with twist of pliers and off she went. Another steelie went completely airborne, 2x, fell on leader and it leader broke. Fish jumped unencumbered by the line one last time just to show off for us after the LDR. What a sight though! Another fish had 2 runs and came unbuttoned. With the warm, sunny weather, just a good day. But a slight, chilly north wind just to remind us it wasn't spring yet.
 

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MAV you sure are making me jealous :mrgreen: , 1st the Green than the Snoqualmie Tup: , my new fishing partner left me hanging both days this weekend..
 

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all these reports are making me go crazy!!! I have not been out in the longest time. This week will change that though Tup:
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riverfishin: we need to fish together soon. Perhaps give the springers a go again on the lower Big C.

Even though I got to fish yesterday, reminded me a bit of my guiding years back in the mid 70's. The guest was very pleased with his big, chrome steelie. Largest steelie of his last 20 years fishin'. Must have been hard for him to CnR, cause he kept mentioning all day about; "man, I wish that had been a hatchery fish..."

I mentioned that had the fish been a hatchery fish, more than likely it would have weighed a good 10lbs less or so on this river.
 

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I guess I'll be the first to say that the speciman nate being in the net kinda sours the pic for me, but its a nice fish though.
 

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Wow, there's one in every picture post. Nice job as usual Mav. You sure do have a thing for the Snoqualmie.
 

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Nice chromer Tup:
 

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back in my guiding days, 1970's, the Snoqualmie river was home ground in late November-early February. The Sky was my back up river as it tended to run clearer if the Snoq was too colored. The switch was the Wynoochee in February and the Nisqually in late March-mid April. Below McKenna to the tank crossing, now that was some white water with hair raising class II's!!
Only a few locals back then on the Nooch and not many drift boats at that but few small sleds too. Most types were the occasional converted jon boat with jet pump. That's what developed my big shoulders...all that rowing.

My guests comments throughout the day on Saturday about "wishing it was a hatchery fish so he could bonk it..." is what reminded me of my guiding days, now so long ago. This fish 30 years ago would have been bonked and probably headed to the taxidermist by my "client" (guest). Most caught on the Snoqualmie got the wood shampoo treatment.
It got to the point where I would not book clients on the Nisqually, my March favorite, unless it was agreed upon that the big natives back then (avg#12-17lbs, no joke!) would be released. My best days guiding were with those clients willing to turn em loose. Back then, didn't know about the length-girth formula and fish were netted and net hooked & lifted on Chatillion scale for quick reading. There were some Kahunas from the Nisqually and Wynoochee released back in the late 70''s that weighed in the mid #20 lb range.

When you catch enough big steelies, you gain respect for the native fish and turning em loose isn't such a big deal,,,even 30 years ago....my gosh, how the time flies.
 

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Way to go Mav! Havent been fishin the snoq. but have been hittin the sky and doing real well also.. My son got his first steelie yesterday (15lb. native) I'll try and get a pic up later today. Having computer trouble.
 

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Below McKenna to the tank crossing, now that was some white water with hair raising class II's!!

think Calawah but wider and flow of 300 fps more.
 

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heck, I modified a CnR bag years ago prior to being a requirement. This net bag was modified 7 years ago to be shallow, so no bagging of the fish occurs. Thus very little if any damage if fish handled gently---always. Silicote treated as well but yep, gotta change to a knotless net bag now. Thought of not posting this pic to avoid the "e-slam" for the old net as net treatment and shallow bag adjustment does not appear in photo. But to lend credibility to the report for you fish porn affectionados and just to enjoy pic of a chromer, took the chance to post & get e-slammed.

My knotless Beckman was stolen 2 days prior when the sled sat out overnight and haven't replaced yet, but this week git er done. Wish I had removed the net as everything else loose had been put into the garage, just late & tired after long day fishing last Tuesday and forgot to put away the Beckman net.
 

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Mav, I didn't think you would intentionally hurt a fish. That sucks about the beckman. Sometimes I think it is better to net a fish and not play it to death. Congrats on the big fish.
 

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Hey Mav, way to go on Snoq. steel. Hearing your comments on the Nisqually stirred some good memories for me. I didn't start in 70's but early 80's up till when they closed it down for 'heads. Used to put in at Mckenna or at Combat City and take out at Tank. Nice native fish and some rugged drifting water---really miss those days of Nisqually steelies. Thanks for the report.
 

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No big deal about the net, its just that Im amazed how clueless people can be when it comes to handling wild fish. Ive seen them dropped on gravel bars and all so dont take it personally. Sorry about the beckman net, they can get pretty spendy. Great to hear that you paid extra coin for a good release net for tough situations.
 
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