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JoHn87

Hello i was just really curious what these fish are. what i believe now is they are rainbow trout that go to the ocean. what are winter-run steelhead? and summer-run steelhead? i have no idea about this fish, and i would like to get some info on them. where is a good place to fish for them? and what time of year should i go? i was once near Tofino, and i saw a man at a creek/river using a okie drifter. i had a conversation with him, and he said drift fishing with shrimp scent was the best bet for them. i am still very curious about my questions above, and your reply would be most appreciated. John
Dyer Straits

John - Steelhead are as you said... a sea going rainbow (anadromous). They are spectacular fish and a prized catch for recreational anglers. Winter run fish are just as their name states, a winter fish. They return in the winter and spawn in the spring. These are most abundant in the rivers of the lower mainland. Places like the vedder and chehalis are the most popular places for winters. Winter fish are known to be bullet chrome steelhead that are agressive fighters. On the other hand summer run fish are, once again, fish that return in the summer. They return during the early summer months and stay in the river for several more months feeding. Summer run fish can only be found on the chehalis and Coquihalla or Silverhope...i'm not sure which one. These fish are more known for the beautiful red and green colouration they get after sometime in the rivers. They are also known to be very willing biters if you can hit em at first light. This winter I would be glad to maybe show you the ropes of steelheading...where do you live right now?
JoHn87

Andrew. Thank you for all the information. all you have taught me is greatly appreciated. I am in Richmond right now, and i dont think im going to move out anytime soon. due to the likes of living here, and my father also has his own marine business in steveston village. if you drop by steveston id be glad to show you around, and get you some famous pajo's fish and chips!. Thanks for the offer andrew. I am very interested in steelhead fishing this winter. You are in Pitt meadows i believe?
Dyer Straits

I might just have to take you up on that offer one day John ...but if you wanted to come out here to mapleridge/pitt meadows one weekend, I could show you a few of the rivers. The coho out this way are really startin to kick up so if you ever wanna do any coho fishing, if you don't mind catch and release, or if you maybe wanna try for steelies, shoot me an email and we can hook up!
dyer_straits@hotmail.com
JoHn87

i cant drive yet . I will be getting my Learners in two weeks. thanks for the offer! next year ill be in maple ridge for sure in the summer, preferably in golden ears. i can maybe go to maple ridge/ pitt meadows if i can hitch a ride from a buddy . Maybe we can hook up then, also andrew, do you need a salmon stamp for catch and release?
Dyer Straits

Hey man thats alrite...i jus got my N last month so i know what ur goin thru. I don't think you are required to have a stamp for catch and release but it might be a safe bet to have one with you. This is what I understand after talking to a conservation officer but don't quote me on that one. But hey, if your ever around gimme a shout.
JoHn87

Yeah will do man
The Yak

Here's copied text fron the fsheries website regarding regs for Salmon in fresh water...

"""Salmon Conservation Stamp
Your Basic Freshwater Licence must be validated with a salmon conservation stamp to keep a salmon of any legal size or species (other than kokanee) from non-tidal waters. A stamp is not required if you intend to release all salmon caught. You must record your catch of adult chinook salmon on the back of your basic angling licence."""

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