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Gene Larson

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I don't know which is worst--rushing the cast or not coming to a hard stop.
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THE, biggest  mistake.  Yes i am setting this up as   the one and only  right  answer to  the question at hand..  The biggest  mistake  steelhead  anglers make is...... not  caring  enough about our wild  stocks of fish ( myself included).   If  we  cared  more  about the resource we'd be more involved, the more  we  got involved the more political clout we would have, the more political  clout we had the more beneficial things  would get  done  for  our  fish. The more that  got done the more  fish there would be. The more  fish there would be and the more  fish we would cover in a day of fishing and therefore the more  fish we would  catch.

  fishing is harder  today  not because  steelhead  are  hard to catch  it's because  fishing isn't good anymore.   fishing is bad  because there  are too few  fish  for the  fishing to be  good.  More than likely   you  are not  doing anything wrong, there just  isn't a  fish there to  take  your  fly.  This whole right  way vs wrong  way  is  entirely off base.  when there  are  good numbers of fish  technique   doesn't matter all that much.

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Awfully hard to argue with Rob's post, but just to throw something in that maybe hasn't yet been mentioned: setting a bad anchor and then trying to force the cast.
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THE, biggest  mistake.  Yes i am setting this up as   the one and only  right  answer to  the question at hand..  The biggest  mistake  steelhead  anglers make is...... not  caring  enough about our wild  stocks of fish ( myself included).   If  we  cared  more  about the resource we'd be more involved, the more  we  got involved the more political clout we would have, the more political  clout we had the more beneficial things  would get  done  for  our  fish. The more that  got done the more  fish there would be. The more  fish there would be and the more  fish we would cover in a day of fishing and therefore the more  fish we would  catch.

  fishing is harder  today  not because  steelhead  are  hard to catch  it's because  fishing isn't good anymore.   fishing is bad  because there  are too few  fish  for the  fishing to be  good.  More than likely   you  are not  doing anything wrong, there just  isn't a  fish there to  take  your  fly.  This whole right  way vs wrong  way  is  entirely off base.  when there  are  good numbers of fish  technique   doesn't matter all that much.


In such a scenario would Steelhead still be the fish of one thousand casts?  No, but I bet there would be a lot of fishermen.  Not that I'm arguing.




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The most common mistake I see is guys muscling casts and wearing themselves out because of poor technique.  Really good fishermen, but pretty pooped and sore in not much time.

The biggest mistakes I have made in the past and still do are not paying attention, getting distracted, not having a plan, and playing around with casting when I should be fishing.  Not that it wasnt fun.
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The biggest mistakes I have made in the past and still do are not paying attention, getting distracted, not having a plan, and playing around with casting when I should be fishing. 


Tim as soon as I read your quote above this thought popped into my mind. "What the Hell, it sounds like we should be planning a war game or strategy for a Bass Master tourney". Fishing is many things to many people but when I go steelhead fishing I want to be distracted by the cool stuff I see around me, I don't want to pay attention, I don't want to have a plan. The reason why I go fishing is to forget all that stuff I must do. I want to hear the riffle, feel the push of the current, smell the river, see nature, and chill. If I get a grab or release a fish that is just a plus.

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Amen, Poppy.  My feelings exactly.  When I go fishing, I may never even wet a line, but I'm in a place that fish call home and, you know what, I'd live there too.
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The biggest mistakes I have made in the past and still do are not paying attention, getting distracted, not having a plan, and playing around with casting when I should be fishing. 


Tim as soon as I read your quote above this thought popped into my mind. "What the Hell, it sounds like we should be planning a war game or strategy for a Bass Master tourney". Fishing is many things to many people but when I go steelhead fishing I want to be distracted by the cool stuff I see around me, I don't want to pay attention, I don't want to have a plan. The reason why I go fishing is to forget all that stuff I must do. I want to hear the riffle, feel the push of the current, smell the river, see nature, and chill. If I get a grab or release a fish that is just a plus.


Thus the reason for my caveat at the end of my post, "Not that I didn't have fun"  Occasionally I do stick a fish in spite of myself!

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While focusing on presentation is great, sometimes the scenery is greater!

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and even yet, a blind squirrel sometimes finds an acorn!!!

sorry!!!

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PS - love the photo of the sheep!!!!

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My favorite steelhead fly. Not!
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fishing just about my favorite run on the Grande Ronde a few years ago on our annual float trip with Scott and crew. Scott said I could only fish the run if I picked one of his flies from his box - that was the fly I picked and around 10 casts later the results!!
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Too bad you took the fish out of the water to make the picture.
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One common mistake is:

Simply casting and swinging the fly blindly, by rote, without considering the conditions, reading the water, and fishing the fly appropriately.


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As a moderator my job is to help keep the forum on an even keel and enforce the rules we all agreed to when we joined. As such, I removed the hero shot from the posting above. See the rules under "Stickys" if you have any questions.

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