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Steelhead on the Brain

November 1, 2012
Author: Will Rice

Photo: Scott Tarrant

Do-It-Yourself-Steelhead By the Numbers: Time to break out the calculators for some serious steelhead math.  We all know that steelheading is not about numbers, but today – since we’re not fishing - it is.

Photo: Scott Tarrant

Here it is: seven anglers fish for steelhead for three days - nine hours each day.  It is a do-it-yourself trip.  Fish counts are at 60% of the 10 year historical average.  On day four, three anglers fish for 2.5 hours.  A total of 13 steelhead are hooked.  What is the average “rod time” on the water required to hook a steelhead?  First winning answer posted here on the blog wins a signature Trout’s Fly Box.

Photo: Scott Tarrant

Get after it and win!



Posted in Education |   17 Comments


#1. Posted by JP on November 1, 2012

Average time is 34.6 minutes to hook a fish!?

#2. Posted by Brian Sturos on November 1, 2012

15.12 hours of ‘rod time’ per fish!

#3. Posted by Ed on November 1, 2012

14 minutes….. (I don’t a clue)

#4. Posted by Dennis Durham on November 1, 2012

Trick question. There is no 4th day! The 7 anglers fished for 3 days.

#5. Posted by Will Rice on November 1, 2012

Not a trick question.  On day four, four (4) anglers had to leave (one had to catch a plane so he could make it back to the shop for work).  Three anglers stayed and fished for 2.5 hours.

#6. Posted by Dennis Durham on November 1, 2012

12 minutes ‘rod time’ per fish.

#7. Posted by Nick on November 1, 2012

5.4 hours

#8. Posted by JP on November 1, 2012

Average time is 11.5 minutes of “rod time” to catch a hog!?

#9. Posted by Mr. Flo on November 1, 2012

2hrs 15 minutes per fish.

#10. Posted by kevin on November 1, 2012

15.11 hrs.
Unless Will is fishing. Then the answer is infinity.

#11. Posted by Graham S on November 1, 2012

19.65 hours of “rod time” per fish…..or 1179 minutes

#12. Posted by mmarcus on November 1, 2012

way too many hours per fish

#13. Posted by Chad k on November 1, 2012

45 minutes

#14. Posted by Hank B on November 1, 2012

15 hours 7 mins

#15. Posted by James on November 1, 2012


#16. Posted by Dan on November 2, 2012

15 hours 6 minutes and 55.3 seconds spent per fish hooked


1.68 full days per fish


0.6 fish per angler per full 9 hour day

Kinda depressing!

#17. Posted by Will Rice on November 2, 2012

OK, we have a winner.  Since we did not get too scientific on decimal points and time conversions, we’re going to hand this one to Brian Sturos with the answer of “15.12 hours of ‘rod time’ per fish!” Nice work Brian.  Send your mailing address to and we’ll get your signature Trout’s Fly box in the mail.  We’d like to thank everyone for participating and following Trout’s Fly Fishing.  Stay tuned to our blog for a detailed trip report and photos from this trip to Oregon.

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