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Jan 18, 2018 8:27PM Post #1
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I hope I don't get flamed for this but here goes.
Not much chatter on the forum this time of year. I guess we are all chasing early steel!
I haven't fished as much this season as most years. On 3 trips to the Cowichan since mid-December, I've beached 3 Steelhead. All were caught on opaque steely beads.
I've fished other baits such as rubber worms, corkies, jensen eggs and spoons. Only the beads have produced. I guess it is because there is a ton of free floating spawn in the water.
What are you using and is it working?
Jan 18, 2018 9:50PM Post #2
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I used to fish tons but web browsing tons these days instead.
During my early season for steelhead, I have lots success with pink worms, corkies size 10 or 8 for the cowichan in red. Red or pink spin n glows in 14-10. I fished the beads more these days as well.

1 trip to the Stamp but got skunk and a no trips to the cowichan yet.
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Jan 19, 2018 8:41AM Post #3
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curmudgeon wrote:
I hope I don't get flamed for this but here goes.
Not much chatter on the forum this time of year. I guess we are all chasing early steel!
I haven't fished as much this season as most years. On 3 trips to the Cowichan since mid-December, I've beached 3 Steelhead. All were caught on opaque steely beads.
I've fished other baits such as rubber worms, corkies, jensen eggs and spoons. Only the beads have produced. I guess it is because there is a ton of free floating spawn in the water.
What are you using and is it working?


I think its quiet as there has not been much success . I normally hit the river once a week but this year only two day on three rivers. Long days with allot of hiking . To my surprise I saw only 2 anglers during that time. Also you would find anglers vehicles at certain parts of the road leading to honey holes and they were empty.
I personally think the steel head are shooting to the upper parts of the river and best access to them are the boaters. That is because the hatchery on that river they use to release steelhead in three location locations upper, middle and lower. Now they release only in the upper and the steelhead imprinting causes them to shoot up on their return .
I notice also some access have been signed off and even trailers blocking access to parts of a river by the FN.
For a wader angler its getting harder and thoughts keep coming to my mind to hit the small flows but I have been resisting as we all know the runs are smaller and allot more fragile. I believe though others may not be able to resist and that would be a shame to see higher pressure .

Any way . Just my thoughts
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