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Jan 13, 2010 3:29PM Post #1
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What tactics do you deploy for steelhead when faced with high dirty water conditions as we are seeing right now in BC.

The dilemma I have is whether to go ''Big and Bright'' or ''Big and Dark''. Some anglers swear by using a big brightly colored offering such as hot pink or chartreuse. Others would suggest something black or purple as the silhouette is easier for the fish to see. And of course you cant deny the effectiveness of a flashy spoon or spinner in these conditions either.

How do you change up your gear for this situation?
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Jan 13, 2010 3:51PM Post #2
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Well...my success is marginal to begin with but I have caught fish on pink worms gear fishing and fly fishing with pink or purple bunny leeches. Most fish have been close to shorecool

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Jan 13, 2010 8:21PM Post #3
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Big and Bright works for me. Pink worms, dayglow yellow/orange/pink 11 mm size corkies, magnum size jensen eggs in BC orange. I've just got some new UV corkies out of Oregon that I want to try.

I find that fish in High Water low Visability situations aren't skittish. They hold close to shore in low water with no current or in current behind structure. They are just like me lazy as can be. So look for spots where they can hold or travel without expending energy.

You may feel silly doing this, but when you start fishing an area, stay 10 feet back from the water and start drifting within a foot from shore. It's amazing how many time you will hit a fish within a foot from shore, especially there has not been much fishing pressure on the river.

Jan 13, 2010 9:27PM Post #4
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I've usually found that I'll go with bigh and bright on the days where the ambient light is low. On the overcast days where it seems to have a lot of light, big and dark for the silhouette. As for fishing close, I absolutely agree with that.
Jan 13, 2010 10:59PM Post #5
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I use very large all Chartreuse jigs tipped with stinky prawn bags in these conditions, sometimes I add a pink worm tail as well. If you are dealing with a bait ban then obviously these conditions are tougher, as scent becomes your friend in the high and dirty.
As someone else mentioned, the amount of good holding water in these conditions is shrunk down to much less water so locating fish is almost easier.
One last key to high and dirty = side channels, if you even remotely think it is enough water to hold a fish it can.

Bent Rods

Hooked this one the other day in high off colored water in a side channel using the all chartreuse jig with the prawn bag, right after my buddy and 2 others fished it with just bait, then ended up handing out charteuse jigs to the lot of them, my buddy hooked 1 a few casts after with the jig I gave him. The all Chartreuse has been hot for anglers this early season with all this water, give er a try.

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Jan 14, 2010 3:23AM Post #6
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^^^ What a chrome bullet grin

I also like using chartruse during high water too. its a nice color to contrast with pinks, reds ,oranges and purples.
Jan 14, 2010 5:51AM Post #7
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Well... once you have found a spot on the river that holds fish in high water, the steel seem to always go back to that spot, and they are always hugging the shore. To get them to bite, I start with roe on a blank jig, then go to spin and glows and then finish with a jig with a plastic bubble gum squid and UV wool. That works for me...grin
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Jan 16, 2010 10:39PM Post #8
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BentRodsGuiding wrote:
I use very large all Chartreuse jigs tipped with stinky prawn bags in these conditions, sometimes I add a pink worm tail as well. If you are dealing with a bait ban then obviously these conditions are tougher, as scent becomes your friend in the high and dirty.
As someone else mentioned, the amount of good holding water in these conditions is shrunk down to much less water so locating fish is almost easier.
One last key to high and dirty = side channels, if you even remotely think it is enough water to hold a fish it can.

Bent Rods

Hooked this one the other day in high off colored water in a side channel using the all chartreuse jig with the prawn bag, right after my buddy and 2 others fished it with just bait, then ended up handing out charteuse jigs to the lot of them, my buddy hooked 1 a few casts after with the jig I gave him. The all Chartreuse has been hot for anglers this early season with all this water, give er a try.

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Jan 26, 2010 4:32AM Post #9
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High water conditions on the Cowichan right now. I went out this afternoon to take a look. Drifted a big pink worm with no results...maybe shoulda tried a big black jig or something like that.
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Jan 26, 2010 7:31AM Post #10
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Big gobs of roe in close (talking like 1-10 feet from edge in water 10''-2' deep).

Other than that Colorado's can work (vibrations in water) and have hit the odd one on a BIG pink worm.
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