Kamchatka Steelhead Project

Put yourself in the final scene of this vid and you’ll see why I placed it here for you to see. Again, it’s almost August, these fish are moving in soon. This is another reminder to get those shooting heads in order and organize your tips.

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One Response to Kamchatka Steelhead Project

  1. Marc says:

    GT, Do steelhead feel pain while they’re having a few scales plucked from their flanks in the name of science? If so, it’s not as bad as the pain I felt while watching this video. A UM biologist told me that scientists have identified seven distinct life histories within the rainbow populations of Kamchatka. While it’s relatively easy to imagine how four of these life histories play out, the remaining three could be a bit of a head scratcher. I imagine that in this wild ass mix of rainbow life histories there are a multitude of grey/crossover areas where it’s difficult to discern where rainbows end and steelhead begin, or vice versa. If an enterprising guy could just get his ass over there for a season he could begin to unravel some of these mysteries, while avoiding torturing fish with a sharp pair of tweezers. The number of fisherman who can pull off this fishing for science gimmick is essentially nil. Over the course of the last 20 years I’ve looked at this KP equation from every conceivable angle. My DIY option is not cheap and it comes with too many unknowns. The best answer may be The Fly Shop’s exploratory trip where a group of “volunteers” explore uncharted waters for about half the cost of a “real” trip to a verified destination. All in, still too pricey for me without a lottery hit. What’s your take on this? Have you been or are you planing on going there? If a guy can make the Ponoi a reality I’m guessing said guy might have an angle on the KP.
    “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse…” — Marc, Missoula

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