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My first steelhead

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Ok, I was lucky, only my third time trying for steelhead.  Early morning just downstream of the bridge at Fall City I managed to land a decent-sized female hatchery steelhead.  Although, I must say, it was touch and go whether I was going to hang on with the fish taking off so fast downstream I was left with about 2yards of backing line and scrambling along trying to keep up.  I was doubly lucky that on hand was an Orvis fishing guide from the Bellevue shop – he tailed the fish for me after helping me wade across the river to get into slower running water.  The whole thing was just amazing…shortly after the photo we released her back into the water.  She was caught using a 7wt sinking tip and a self-tied Skykomish sunrise.

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