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What do you consider a trophy steelhead?

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So I caught my biggest steelhead to date in the river last weekend, the fish was 33" 13.2lbs.  I decided to mount this fish because it is my biggest to date and I considered it a trophy IMO.  Just wondering what everyone considers a trophy as far a minimum requirements before you would mount a fish? 

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I would say a twenty pound fish as a  trophy but any fish can be a trophy in the eyes of the beholder

 

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I think any 10 plus pound steelhead is a trophy. We obviously would all love to land a 20 pounder one day though lol


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For a guy living close to the great lakes a fish that size could be common but hear in Quebec for most peaple a trout that size is a trophy fish. 

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20 - my largest and only over 20 was 21.68lbs.  About another ten fish in the 16 - 19.75lb range over the past 38 years.

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There is no right answer, it’s completely subjective. If it’s a trophy to you, you’re proud of it and you’d love to look at it and reminisce? , have at it.

If in doubt, put it on the wall.

 

 

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Definitely a trophy there!!  And in the summer, too!

 

Back in the day, when there were a lot of bigguns around, I passed on mounting anything under 20, never broke that mark, and could have been admiring 5 bigger than 17, including a gorgeous 17 lb 5 oz hen, which I kept and weighed at Whitaker's at the request of the owner, Jim Rusher.   As Whaler says, if it looks good to you, go for it.  If you want to do C+R, take a lot of pix and go for a reproduction mount, they are really great these days, as you can sometimes see on ths website. 

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I got a 14lb female steelhead a few years ago. 33" fish.  I am finally going to have a replica mount done.  I debated and debated because it was only 14lbs.  But I agree if there is a good story behind the catch, the fight, personal best, beautiful fish etc.  It doesn't really  have much to do with weight as it has to do with your experience and you.  You could wait all your life and never get one mounted even though you may have caught hundreds of more fish than the next guy went out once and just got plain ass lucky. Congrats

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Man, some really high steelhead and brown standards here!  It goes to show how spoiled we are with a great fishery in our back yard.  Here are my standards for trophy trout and salmon from Lake Ontario:

Steelhead - 15lbs

Brown - 15lbs

Lake Trout - 20lbs

coho - 18 lbs

King - 33lbs

Atlantic - 15 lbs. 

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How much room do you have on your wall lol?

 

One of the two I've ever caught over 20 lbs went to a taxidermist who used to work out of Rochester Hollow Grinder. She passed away before I got my mount back, and when I went down to the shop it was a free-for-all. Somebody had taken my steelhead ;(, but the guy who was trying to sort it all out offered me an unclaimed mount of a fish in the 14 lb range. Since I'd given her half the $ up front, that seemed 40% more than fair to me :rofl:. That mount sits above my desk in my office at work. And that's my story. The fish isn't a trophy to me, but the story lives on.

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12 minutes ago, Gator said:

How much room do you have on your wall lol?

 

One of the two I've ever caught over 20 lbs went to a taxidermist who used to work out of Rochester Hollow Grinder. She passed away before I got my mount back, and when I went down to the shop it was a free-for-all. Somebody had taken my steelhead ;(, but the guy who was trying to sort it all out offered me an unclaimed mount of a fish in the 14 lb range. Since I'd given her half the $ up front, that seemed 40% more than fair to me :rofl:. That mount sits above my desk in my office at work. And that's my story. The fish isn't a trophy to me, but the story lives on.

Just because I consider them trophies doesn't mean I mount them all!  I do have 2 lakers, 2 browns, a steelhead, a pike, a walleye, a perch, a chain pickerel and a blue gill on my wall. 

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To me the issue seems to be a little like "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I only have one mount on my office wall and it is of a Brown trout at 16.18 lbs. and it won a derby but on Lake O it might not be viewed as "gigantic" but on the Fingers it is up there pretty good. It also depends a lot on who does the mount as I have seen some that i would not be in a hurry to put on the wall regardless of size. Mine was free so I look at it as a "bargain":lol: In this case it is the event that it symbolizes that is more important than the quality of the mount. If I had paid for it I would be considering the quality first:smile:

 

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It might depend on how much fishing you do.  Back when I used to hit the tribs hard every spring and fall, I could expect a number of steelhead that were about 32 inches.  Once you got bigger than that, they became exponentially more rare.  If you fish hard every year, chances are you will get a bigger one than that eventually.  By all means take a lot of pictures, framing and lighting them carefully.  I have never gotten a fish mounted, but I have scores of fish pictures that I enjoy looking through.

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