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Ladies putting in work this fall!

I had a great day fishing on Saturday although I didn’t land any of my fish! I had a little scuffle with another boat and while it didn’t ruin my day or my mood, it clearly impaired my ability to land fish! Lol.

A friend text me today and told me that their client is a frequent reader of Steelhead Girls and was inspired to fish. My heart skipped as I thought, “this is exactly what I want to hear!” The purpose of Steelhead Girls is to empower, encourage, and help women  and I got the best news that I’ve heard all weekend: Someone was empowered, encouraged, and inspired! So this week, I decided that instead of writing about my weekend succeeding at hooking fish, but failing at landing them, I would share a few ladies that have been nailing fish lately :)

The woman who inspired my blog this week: She fished with Joseph Princen ( and got this beautiful coho twitching a hoochie jig


A good friend Kari Smith went out this weekend and not only slept in, but limited early!


This summer I met an awesome girl on the ocean trip. Kelcey Helvey and I share a few fishing buddies and we’ll be out again in  no time! She recently went out with her fiancé and got a few chum!


Shawnie Roney hit a major accomplishment this weekend. Something that I’ve never done! She got all 5 Pacific Northwest salmon knocked off her “fish list”! Not only did she fun hooking chum, she got a bonus coho as well!


Stacy Mayovsky is the beautiful girlfriend of Joseph Princen ( and snagged one of his open days to fish coastal kings.


Joyce Williams had a great day salmon fishing a couple of weeks ago and shared her catch with us! 


And last but certainly not least….Lora Varju, Just For Does prostaff, got her first ever salmon! What a great fish!


Great job to all the ladies working hard this fall!

Outdoor Chic Clique Charter Trip

My first ocean trip! Amy Spoon organized an awesome trip with 24 girls from the Outdoor Chic Clique, a Facebook group, and Horns and Hooks was there to catch it all on camera! There were ladies from as far as Idaho and Oregon who came to Westport to fish on the Tequila Too. We searched for Yellow Tail Rockfish, Lingcod, and Salmon (kings and silvers). We ended up with a couple Yellow Eye Rockfish, 260 Yellow Tail Rockfish, about 10 Lingcod, and 10 silvers.

I headed out with a new friend, Kelcey Helvey, to celebrate her birthday and meet up with Kari and her mom for a little girls night out the night before. I was initially very nervous about getting sea sick, but I actually ended up loving the ride to our fishing destination! There is something about being on a boat crashing against the waves that makes me feel like a 10 year old on a roller coaster and I was happy that the ocean was no different.

I unfortunately didn’t get any lingcod which is what I REALLY wanted, but I came home with 10 rock fish which will cook up just fine! We started out with little flies for the rockfish and a few ladies even caught some salmon. I’ve fished in some water that was pretty thick with fish, but we literally just dropped our lines in the water, and came up with two fish every time! We had that limit in no time! We headed out a little farther for some ling and while I lost two, I did land a very, very large Yellow Eye Rockfish by accident. We quickly sent it back down so I didn’t get any pics or measurements, but it sure was awesome to reel in such a big fish!

After a couple of us landed a few of those, the captain made the good decision to relocate where there were less Yellow Eye rockfish. We got a few more ling and then headed back towards the coast for some salmon! We mooched for a couple more hours and it was awesome to see those fish run all over the place in the wide open water! A few Seagulls fell victim to the herring but were safely released back to the wind!

I’d have to say the way back in was my favorite part. We drank a couple beers, took a lot of pictures, and got to socialize and meet a ton of ladies who love to fish! It was a great event from Amy and she did an awesome job rounding up sponsors and putting together prize packs. Looking forward to the next one!