Lots of people love to fish, but steelhead fishing in particular has proven addicting for more than a few anglers. Wild steelhead are an amazing fish that takes some skill and determination to catch. Many anglers like steelhead fishing because you do have to work hard and it is a real challenge to land one. The effort put forth and possible days without a fish offer you an unforgettable experience when you do get lucky and finally get to touch one!
How Catch More Steelhead
I am not sure what it is about steelhead fishing that intrigues me, along with so many others anglers. Maybe it’s the fact that you will often never catch as many steelhead as you want or hope for that really plays a huge role in how incredibly awesome it is when you do catch one.
- Know Where to Fish: Do your research, find a good run, pick your water, read it right, fish it how you want to fish it, and land that fresh, beautiful steelhead.
- Have the Right Steelhead Fishing Gear: Having the right equipment will make a big difference.
OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL can help you find a great fishing trip, just contact us to discuss options.
I suppose the reason people love fishing for steelhead so much is because of the challenge these awesome fish offer. It’s similar to hunting for me, but sometimes it seems with even lower odds. There has to be a fish in the river, you have to have the right fly/color, you have to have the right presentation (the most important part) and you have to capitalize on the opportunity if all of the above align and get the fish pinned. Then, the fight ensues…a fight in which you may very well lose.
Often time’s fish are lost within the first 10 seconds. Just long enough for you to realize there was one out there and it was real and to warm you up for an instant and keep you fishing all day with an added confidence that it could happen at any time. The worst is when they come off right at your hands, you were going to let him go anyway but just wanted to admire him for a second as you pop the hook out.
The Best Steelhead Fishing Destinations
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We’re confident that anyone who books our Alaska steelhead fishing trip will have an unforgettable experience. This trip is for any skill level and offers great indicator fishing and spey fishing. Anglers can expect to catch fish and that is unheard of in the world of steelhead fishing! These guys really care about the fishery in which they fish and are excited to show off what they have to offer. The group of guides here are experienced and willing to help teach new anglers. The equipment provided, accommodations, and level of service is top notch.
Anglers travel from around the world for the first class steelhead fishing that can be found in British Columbia. Hotspots include the Skeena River, Fraser River, Bulkley River, and the famed Dean River.
The Salmon River flows through a granite-walled canyon is one-fifth of a mile deeper than the Grand Canyon. In fact, for almost 180 miles, the Salmon River Canyon is more than one mile deep! Wild and hatchery steelhead enter the Salmon River in the fall and fish runs can greatly depend on the weather and water levels leading up to and in October.
Oregon has some spectacular steelhead fishing. The Deschutes River has a strong summer steelhead run, and our outfitter there is awesome!
Suggested Gear List for Steelhead Fishing
Your guide should provide most fishing gear, but if you’d like to know how to outfit yourself for steelhead, this list should get you started.
Clothing and Accessories
- High-quality breathable waders in good condition, with repair kit
- High-quality breathable raincoat in good condition
- Stout, felt soled wading boots with good ankle support.
- Studded boots are optional but not needed.
- Long sleeved shirt
- Lightweight and fleece long underwear
- Fleece sweater or jacket
- Casual clothing for wearing around the lodge
- Insect repellent
- Waterproof boat bag
- Water bottle
- Liquor (if desired).
- Beer and wine are provided at the lodge.
- Books or games
- Polarized sun glasses, multiple pairs if possible
- Double handed rods in 12 to 14 feet for 7 to 9 weight.
- Single handed rods in 9 to 10 feet for 7 to 9 weight.
- Reels – Sturdy, quality reels with strong disk drags are the rule for steelhead. Expect to see your backing during the week. Tie your knots well and wind on a lot of backing – we recommend at least 100 yards. Large arbor reels are very helpful when retrieving line.
- Line with interchangeable tip system – Rio Skagit or similar and Windcutter recommended for double handed rods. Spare lines are recommended.
- Sink Tips covering a wide range of depth, from intermediate thru Type 6 and 8 and 20’+ of T-14, or equivalent.
- For single handers, floating lines, intermediates 200 & 300 grain shooting heads and/or tips.
- Leaders – For steelhead, a straight leader or a leader terminating in 10 to 15 pound monofilament is most often used. Poly leaders can be helpful.
- Floating line or Floating Tip.
- All running lines and backing should be at least 30-lb test.
- Large arbor, disc drag reels with minimum 150 yards 30-lb backing.
- Leader material in 10 – 25 pound break strength. Maxima Ultragreen is most popular.