Justin, in my experience, Steelhead fishing can be quite addicting. Very cult like! When I was much younger. I fished Steelhead seasonally. Now living in Colorado, it is but a memory in a long list of memories. Was I any good at it? I like to say, "Steelhead - The fish of 1,000 casts per hook up". Northwest Steelhead ratio, I might add. But, oh what a rush when you hook one..................
Have any other tips for steelhead, Mel? Did you use a 1 handed, 2 handed, or spinning rod?Maybe you should make those memories a blog post. I would love to hear old stories like that.
When I fished Steelhead and I've never caught one either, I started fishing the American River with what I learned on the Deschutes. The two didn't mix and it only took me three years to figure it out. Once I figured out that a Steelhead is just a Rainbow Trout that goes to the ocean I started fishing them the same way. Apparently that didn't work for me either because a fellow fishing buddy would stand right next to me and catch fish and I'd get nothing. I finally gave up.
Give it another go, Mark!!!! If not, I'll catch one for the both of us.....I hope.
Here I am stuck in Colorado, no steelhead in sight. Are you going?
Sometime soon, Howard. After reading about Jeff's trip, it gave me confidence catching them on a streamer, so, I will not be using these egg patterns. I want my first one to be caught on a streamer that I tie.Just like my first musky. I wanted it to be on the fly rod with a fly that I tied. All others after that will just be a bonus, no matter how they're caught. Just as long as I get that first one out of the way, how I want to do it.