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#11821350 - 02/12/17 PA Steel head
camotruck Offline
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Registered: 12/13/12
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Loc: Frederick
Does anyone fish the streams or creeks feeding Lake Erie for Steel head. I have always wanted to do it, I'm only about 5 hours away. I'm looking for any helpful info on where to go, parking, accessing the water on private property. Ive fished the streams around home for stocked trout and want to try something bigger. Thanks Camo

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#11832387 - 02/17/17 Re: PA Steel head [Re: camotruck]
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Registered: 07/25/16
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If you are in Frederick, PA, it's about the same drive time to Buffalo/Wilson/Niagara Falls. Pretty good Steelie fishing in those tribs, ESP if you are good with a fly. Plus, the Niagara River produces year round


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#11832777 - 02/17/17 Re: PA Steel head [Re: camotruck]
ribka Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
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elk and walnut creeks in PA plus the Niagra is good too.

Best way is to hire a local guide for a weekend to learn the area, tackle, techniques, areas in water to target ETC ( especially if a noobie to steelhead) and pick his brain.

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#11833875 - 02/17/17 Re: PA Steel head [Re: ribka]
1minute Offline
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Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 19118
Loc: Burns/Hines, Oregon, USA
Yes. I too would suggest a well referenced guide. Angled for west coast steelhead for 2 seasons with not a bump. Buddy and I split the cost for a guide picking his brain for the entire day. Limited out quickly and it was a no brainer after that.

The biggest issue is acquiring the ability to recognize good holding water/structure.

Don't know if you have any summer runs back in that country, but a big steelhead in 60-65 degree water can empty a reel in a hurry.

Good luck and I hope it does not turn into a disease.


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#11834979 - 02/18/17 Re: PA Steel head [Re: camotruck]
Troutnut Offline
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Registered: 07/09/16
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Loc: Mtns of Va and Wv
I'm by no means an expert but having been to Erie a few times i'll weigh in. A guide would be a great asset but by no means necessary . Elk , Walnut , 4mile, 12mile plus several smaller streams hold Steelhead. Depending on how you fish for stock trout it's not a lot different. 8'-9' Ultralite to light rods work well just have a reel with a good smooth drag and fill it with quality 4-6 lb mono and maybe a Fluoro leader if clear water. Lot of lures/ baits work well . Minnows dead or alive are working well , as are trout magnets , berkely trout worms and gulp minnows. There are quite a few informative Youtube videos that show a lot of the water and techniques. Good luck , tight lines and screaming drags !

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#11835904 - 02/18/17 Re: PA Steel head [Re: camotruck]
camotruck Offline
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Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 169
Loc: Frederick
Thanks for the responses. I have been fishing the streams in MD PA and WV for .... I don't know, lets say over 40 years. I also have friends and a family member that fish some of the criks up that way. I'm more concerned about logistics than fishing tech. I have a 10foot 6 noodle rod and good reel. It's been a while since I've been in my neoprene chest waders and I've put on a bit of .... Oh hell, I'm fat. It's funny watching me get in them and more so watching me peel them off. I truly work up a sweat which just makes it worse. I need to make a video. Anyway Thanks again.

Camo

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