Welcome, mighty. I very rarely throw hardware for steelhead and if I do it is in the fall for staging fish. I throw rooster tails, mepps and little cleos. I'm sure a few other people can give better advice because I know a lot of guys do very well with lures such as flatfish and various types of crankbaits but I mostly fish bait (spawn sacs). I'd also like to add that fishing lately has been tough for many with all the warm water and general lack of fish so wait for another rain so the rivers have some water or wait until fall. Normal years this is the best part of the year to fish but I was surprised by the lack of fish I saw today while I was out. Don't want to talk ya out of giving it a go because you can still find some. Hope this helps a little and hopefully more experienced hardware guys will chime in.
the fishing right now down right sucks, fished the rock last night for 2 hrs without a bite. was fishing a stretch that had 11 other guys in it and didn't see a single hook up. I'm planning on hitting the grand Saturday for one last outing then its turkeys 24/7 from there out.that is if the rain holds off.
Agreed with 33 as far as hardware. Load up your vest or tackle box now for the fall run. Unless we get a substantial rain soon, it's not going to get any better. The mild winter and early spring sped things up as far as the spring run goes.
You'll meet guys who swear by this or that. I'd recommend talking to whomever you can on the river or at bait stores for suggestions. Get all the advice you can but, in the end, find what works for you. Steelhead fishing can be very frustrating. Don't give up. That first fish will be unforgettable and you'll be hooked for life. If you can get w/ someone who knows what they're doing and is willing to fish with you, that will be beneficial too.
As far as a rod, I use a 9' noodle rod with 8 lb. test either mono or florocarbon. Whatever you choose, you'll want something with plenty of backbone but good action, too.
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