Thursday, May 15, 2008

Steve's Hog

Steve Moss caught this monster steelie on the Stamp river in Vancouver B.C. on Dec 30. A wild buck, the fish was very very strong and would never have been landed without the help of a boat that allowed us to travel downstream during the fight. The guide -- who had been guiding the stamp for 5 years, and had guided in Alaska, said it was the largest steelie he's ever seen caught on the stamp - "a fish of a lifetime." While they get bigger, in Northern BC and Alaska, this monster wild male measuring at 21+LBs / 37 inches long / 19inches girth is about as big as them come on the Stamp. This was Steve's first ever steelie and the only fish caught on the trip. Again - amazing: guide invests thousands of hours over the course of 5 years never catches, or sees a fish caught this big.... Steve invests 3 hours catches the fish of a lifetime.

Tony's hog

TC caught this Monster 21lb, 39inch, 19inch girth Steelie on the Muskegon river. Guided by Tim Van Gessell who has guided on the river for 7 years. According to Tim it is the biggest steelie he's personally seen to hand in 7 years. Tim fishes more than 200 days a year. So some quick math: 200 x 7 x 8 = roughly 11,200 + hours of fishing. To put this in perspective, Tony landed this fish roughly 1.5 hours into his first day of fly fishing for Steelies EVER. I would be tempted to call it luck -- but Tony proceeded to catch 4 more fish in the 12-16 lb range all of which are larger than ANY steelie I've ever landed in 5 years of trying. So "lucky and good" is a more appropriate description. Chalk it up to the refined quick twitch muscle reflexes of a seasoned walleye fisherman from Minnesota.