What to use for steelhead fishing


What is the best way to catch steelhead?

Begin with a technique called bobber/jig fishing. A brightly colored jig is dangled beneath a float and cast upriver then allowed to drift through an area holding fish. Steelhead usually hang out close to the bottom in current, but are attracted by the colors and will move right, left or up a little to grab the jig.

What is the best time to fish for steelhead?

The best time to steelhead fish is primarily from mid-fall through early spring. Steelhead enter the mouth of the Salmon from the Snake River in fishable numbers in late September/early October. As the fall progresses, the migration extends farther upstream, reaching the Salmon area in mid-October.

What size hook should I use for steelhead?

Size 2 and 4 are best for trout. Size 1 and 1/0 are good for steelhead. When choosing hook sizes take these factors into consideration: Smaller barbless hooks do less damage to a fish’s mouth.

How long do steelhead stay in the river?

three years

What time of day do Steelheads bite?

In winter, mid-day to early afternoon is typically when the warmest temperatures will exist. Even though water temperatures only increase a few degrees from the water temperatures of morning, steelhead may bite consistently, making afternoon the best time to fish.

What colors do steelhead see?

A lure or fly between the fish’s eye and the light will likely appear as a silhouette without any color. Black or purple will cast a stronger silhouette in bright water and a more visible dark profile in colored water or low-light conditions. Steelhead readily take dark colors.

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What size hooks for king salmon?

For King Salmon, I like to use Gamakatsu Big River Bend hooks of at least 1/0, but more than likely I’m using 3/0 for river fishing presentations and 4/0 – 5/0 as part of saltwater presentations.

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