HOOK: 3x or 4x long, size 4 to 10
How many secrets are there?
Every angler alike has several things in common. The joy of the outdoors, the ambiance of the scenery, the therapeutic sound of rushing water.......WHATEVER!!.
Personally the above things add to the experience, but the reality is...the heart pounding, knee weakening feeling that you get when you feel the Steelhead take your gear followed by the rod thumping action immediately after the hookset.
We also have a tendency to gauge the success of the day by the number of times we get the above experience. Steelhead fishing does have a "mystique" to it, my Mother swears she made 5,000 casts before hooking her first Steelhead. For me, my luck has been alot better than hers. Being constantly around guides and great fishermen has exposed me to alot of the tricks of the trade. Some of the mystique can be reduce by applying some simple applications to your approach.
Be prepared for different water conditions. Change your gear as the conditions change. Which may mean twice a day. Have a variety of gear pre-tied.
Consider the run timing. The longer the fish have been in a system, the more gear they have seen and they become selective.
Consider the tide change. Steelhead have spent most of their life at sea, they move in on the tides, and feed on the tides. These same patterns have become apparent to our guides on the river. So fish the early morning and the tide changes. This pattern seems to diminish as the season progresses. Oh, and avoid the beginning of a full moon; its usually terrible. But right after a full moon is when new fish move in.
These are some of the concepts (secrets) that our guides work with every day. I hope they can help you with your next trip.
Best wishes and fishes,
Marilyn comes from a well known fishing family on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. They are presently fishing the Stamp River and Gold River.
You can reach their free fishing report line at 250-723-8022