what one do you think gives the biggest fight pound for pound out of the three?
A 5# sea trout has twice the fight of any steelhead, and you would'nt want to reel in 2 salmon-sized jacks in the same day. They'll put a charlie-horse on your rod arm.I agree with king, but I want to add, Saltwater fish kick the crap out of freshwater fish.
Kings are strong. Steelies are unbelievably QUICK. Cohos are the best Salmonids in MI to eat, unless they are dying. But yes, Saltwater fish fight the hardest.Heres my take, not that anyone asked
A fresh king will definately kick your butt. Having said that, it was once described to me this way:
A fighting king is sorta like a nascar, a lot of power but not the brute speed, a steelhead on the other hand, is like a Formula 1 car, lots of power, and speed as well. Had em both kick my butt several times.
I'll tell ya though, whoever said a salt water fish will kick both their butts is right on. Ever hook a bonita that weighs about 10#'s before, you ain't seen nothing like it. All you can do is sit there and watch your line peel off the reel, unbelievable.
a mixture of both. if you try to horse the fish, you will either A) break your line, or B) break your rod in half.i wonder why saltwater fish fight harder??? i know ive had a big pike kick my butt or a big dogfish and a steelhead on a flyrod. but i still have yet to hook into a king. what is a better method holding on for dear life and hope it doesnt rip the rod out of your hand or chasing it down stream or just a mixture of both?