Bill Herzog from Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine recently called me for a few quotes for an upcoming article he is doing on big steelhead. He asked if I’d send a pic of myself in with a big fish, which was a perfect excuse to sift through the archives and do a little steelie dreaming. While drooling over a set of pix from a British Columbia trip several years back, I found this one, my biggest steelhead to date. Remember it like it was yesterday!
Holy hatchery hawgs, Batman! Check out this ad-clipped 26.2-pound coho salmon caught by Kirby (R) while fishing with guide Bill “Swanny” Swann of Swanny’s Fishing.
Kirby was tossing a 1/2-ounce pink Roostertail Vibric spinner when Moby came calling. If approved by state officials, the fish will top the previous mark for silvers of 25.27 pounds, caught back in 2001 by Brad Wilson on the Quinault River.
This giant steelhead has been creating quite a buzz lately online. It’s been sent to me a few times with rumors that it was caught everywhere from California’s Smith (which it does look like in the background) to the OP in Washington State.
As always, there is plenty of talk about the picture’s authenticity as well. I really don’t know squat about this one.
Anybody know the real story??