best steelhead lures

it’s september, which means it is time for the steelhead in the great lakes to make their annual spawning runs and flood into the tributaries. there are many ways to fish, but people fishing the great lakes tributaries for steelhead usually stick to a few tried and true methods. berkley powerbait trout/steelhead egg clusters are a great alternative to the egg sacks people have been using in the great lakes tributaries for years. the northland firefly jig is one of …

steelhead lures

a picture of my first summer steelhead from a blessed place and the actual hook/yarn that caught it. it has to work in the widest range of water conditions and types of holding water. finally, it has to stand the test of time; the lure must be a killer for over twenty years. we landed hundreds of puget sound steelhead in the early ’80s using nothing more than a red/white ½-ounce stee-lee. when doing research for steelhead drift fishing in …

steelhead spoons

as a river guide with a bunch of other guides on staff, i know what the best lures for steelhead are for different types of water and in different river conditions. if a faster retrieve is what you want to do keep the tip of the rod below the water and it will help keep your spinner deeper and also use a spinner that gets down deeper, see my favorites below. in dirty water and i prefer spinners that make …

steelhead bait

i think a lot of anglers are very one-sided and they don’t think outside the box when it comes to river fishing and that includes steelhead baits. i’m sure there will be a lot of guys that will disagree with me and that’s ok. roe is the most popular steelhead bait and it can be the best bait on some days but there are other baits that can be better. my goal was always to see if i could find …

steelhead spinners

there are a hundred spinners out on the market today, many of them quality, some of them sub-par. one of the ultimate frustrations with a spinner is when it will not create that “whirring” spinner action immediately upon hitting the water. blades must be optimized for the type of water you fish, with the right weight so that it spins immediately upon water entry. i think specifically of the rvrfshr rvrwhirlers. spinner fishing is very common for tidewater coho so …