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Steelhead Alley trip.
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:10:02 AM »
On the road again with Dave in search of Steelies. I didn't take my DSLR and borrowed a Nikon J1 (THANKS Jarrod!!!) that is a great camera but I really needed more time to get to know it. Sorry about the image quality on a few of these shots. I had never touched this camera until we hit the water.

Surfing at 90mph.

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We arrived in Ohio in time for about two hours of fishing in some very cold conditions. We both had on light clothing and weren't prepared for the coldness we were about to be immersed into.
A good sign. No Bush drinkers here!

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My back is just about to finally recover from my last fall on the ice...

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Despite a good looking spot we didn't see any fish.Time for some rest.

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Next morning in Ohio. Very nice river.

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We saw a few fish caught by spinning gear and one on fly. Water was turbid and COLD!!

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Despite our best efforts Ohio showed us no love. Except this bad boy, who seemingly froze to death.... Time to call it and head to PA.

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 10:18:06 AM »
Lake Erie was in a mood for sure. Never seen ice balls before but they were everywhere. We would also discover you can get ice balls in your waders in PA. Did I mention it was cold and WINDY!

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Dave is a die hard scientist. Always searching for some tiny little minnow that only lives in this one spot. ;D  AHhh look around Dave, everything that lived here has been smashed to death by iceballs.

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Unable to catch his beloved shiner he curses the elements. Damn you to hell ICEBALLS!

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 10:28:07 AM »
We hit the larger of the tribs this day and finally, my first Steelhead, albeit a small one.

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Dave not to be outdone stepped up with this toad.

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We moved along the river in search of more fish.

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 10:35:27 AM »
Tired, cold, and very hungry, we found this awesome place called Green Roof Inn. Just up the rd was Crowleys restaurant, an absolute first class place that seemed,, well, it seemed kinda out of place... If your in this area I highly recommend you stay here. Very nice, updated, clean, American owned, affordable, rooms

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Next morning brings us more snow and ice. Nice PA,,, real nice....

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My best attempt at a smiley face.

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Heard that the water temps were about 32. "Too cold for steelhead" I heard one of the spinners say. Hmmm....

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 10:49:09 AM »
New location this morning.

Boy, these yankees sure know how to have fun.

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Very wintery wonderland here.

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This little creek was awesome! But the fish we hooked either broke us off or came unhooked.

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Here is a shot of the woods you have to meander through to find holding pools. Notice Dave in the bottom of this pic.

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When we found a pool we had to approach them like we were fishing for Brookies. Short casts in stealth mode.

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A few casts at the mouth.

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Surfable

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2013, 10:59:58 AM »
Back to larger water

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Pray that one of these 8 to 12' ice spears don't fall and kill you.

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We hiked our asses off wearing lots of cold weather gear and waders and boots. There were times I had to just do some of this.

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But then this would make all the pain go away.

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Fishing was very tough and Dave and I were both getting desperate. Dave took it to a new level.  I stood back and took in all the comments from the bank fishermen. It was hilarious. Then Dave hooked up.

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I had found a nice pod of fish and was working them over pretty hard. It paid off finally.

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2013, 11:08:17 AM »
Back at the little creek we found a pool full of this.

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And we started to score.

I was up first.

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Then Dave's turn.

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Then me again.

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Damn that was fun!




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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2013, 11:13:54 AM »
The end of a great whirlwind last min trip was near and what a great time it was. I'll be making this drive again I can promise you that.

A few parting shots.

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Then End.
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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2013, 11:36:49 AM »
Awesome TR Mike.  Looks like you and Dave covered some ground and water.  But damn that weather looks cold. :o  As always great photos and Dave I like your FJ too.  I want one myself.  ;D

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2013, 11:39:36 AM »
WOW  :o   Looks like you guys nailed it. Glad you scored.

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2013, 11:41:53 AM »
Glenn, This trip was 1/3 fishing and 2/3's hiking, wading, shivering, hiking more, eating whatever you could scrounge up from your pack, and then more wading and hiking, and some rolling around in the ice, snow and mud..  I loved it!
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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2013, 11:43:24 AM »
WOW  :o   Looks like you guys nailed it. Glad you scored.

Not really Todd, we worked our asses off for those few fish. I'd say in a few days or weeks of warm weather that place will be off the charts good.
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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2013, 11:53:30 AM »
holy crap, what an adventure!  Great report and pics!

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2013, 12:09:39 PM »
Now that is epic!

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Re: Steelhead Alley trip.
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2013, 12:21:33 PM »
Awesome!!!  I will view them again in Washington State next week as I sit in my room just a few feet away from Steelies and Salmon in federally protected and closed water...  Tears in my beers already!  Great stuff!!!
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