Dream Trip and A Monster Steelhead

written by therockyriver.com staff 

Our friend, Mike Durkalec took a fishing trip up to Canada last week and returned with incredible photos, including shots of an absolutely massive Steelhead.


Mike and his pals were fishing a variety of different tributaries, including the Thompson, Campbell and Skeena drainages in British Columbia.


Along with a collection of colorful Steelhead, Mike also landed a beautiful Coho Salmon and a Dolly Varden. His crown jewel of the trip however, was a gigantic 43-inch Steelhead, which he estimates to have weighed between 25 and 30 pounds! “I got it on a silver 2/5 ounce spoon, and it took about 15 minutes to land (played aggressively) on a moderate power 10’ baitcasting rod and reel with a great drag,” Mike told us. “It was my personal best Steelhead. The fish was released.”


Mike sent us his photos from the trip – we’ll save the be(a)st for last in the gallery below. (For those of you who don’t know him yet, Mike is the man in the photos with the tan G.Loomis ball cap.)

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Mike Durkalec is the Aquatic Biologist for the Cleveland Metroparks. He also runs the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River blog, which just celebrated its 5-year anniversary. To contribute to Mike’s report, or to submit a photo, call or email Mike Durkalec at 1.440.331.8017 or at md@clevelandmetroparks.com.



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