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    Re: New to Steelhead fishing, help!

    My buddy fly fished the Russian for years like they fish the Trinity with no luck. Switched to a sinking line, and things have gotten much better fit him. I still don't catch anything but bass on that river, lol

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    Re: New to Steelhead fishing, help!

    Mad River has been good lately. A lot of nice fish being caught by bank anglers. Many drift plastic worms under a slip float. I use jigs under a float quite a bit as well. Just do a search on google and on youtube and you will be inundated with info.

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    Re: New to Steelhead fishing, help!

    The fish of a thousand casts!!! I’m no expert and my home river is the American but it can take a while before catching one. My first steelhead was around 2001 and have caught 3 more since then. I don’t have the time to learn the water and spend the hours anymore but once you hook into one you will know why guys fish for them!!

    I am not great at fly fishing but the first steelie I ever caught was on a fly. Little leach pattern worked for me. I am mainly tossing spoons like little cleos in multiple colors now and have hooked up on night crawlers too so many different things work.

    basic gear on the fly with a 7 weight or a longer (I like 9 foot) spinnng rod with 8-10# test line. That’s what I use anyways. The longer rod helps me cast a little further and acts like a shock absorber when the fish take off on the long acrobatic runs

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    Re: New to Steelhead fishing, help!

    YouTube is your friend on this one. Dozens of different techniques and locations. Side drifting roe catches more fish than anything. Float fishing roe is virtually the same technique as indicator fishing nymphs in a fly line. Glo-bugs, soft beads or pink plastic worms can be substituted for roe if you don’t have any. Fishing spoons, spinners and plugs in tailouts is the same technique as swinging streamers if you’re familiar with doing that for trout.

    Steelhead also prefer riffles and runs more than holes like salmon.

    You might also look up JD Richey’s book on bank fishing for Steelhead. He’s a local guide and good writer. Great read for basics and more.

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    Re: New to Steelhead fishing, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by yell0wshirt View Post
    so normally i fish for rainbow, brown, cutts and do a lot of hiking/back country trips. I do try to fish a lot of higher elevation lakes when i can, but decided this year i'd like to do some steelhead fishing.

    We've got an old cabin up by the jenner area and i know steelhead used to be more widely available in the creeks up that way and we're no longer to fish in the creek by law (currently from what king's tells me, maybe it's just seasonal so any baby steelhead can survive). I was wondering if anyone can guide me in regards to lures and tackle that works best or any area's to check out.

    I know the russian is supposed to be good, i tried sunset, steelhead beaches, but that water is moving so fast for shore fishing, looks like there were a ton of people on boats this past week. Most of the tributaries are too low of flow right now to fish from what king's tackle in guerneville tells me and i tried fishing the lower eel when i could actually walk down to it without having to worry about tumbling down a cliff.

    I spin and fly fish and i mainly have tackle for smaller bows. I'd love to try steelhead out so any advice would be great.


    Thank you everyone!


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    New to Steelhead fishing, help!

    So normally I fish for Rainbow, Brown, Cutts and do a lot of hiking/back country trips. I do try to fish a lot of higher elevation lakes when I can, but decided this year I'd like to do some Steelhead fishing.

    We've got an old cabin up by the Jenner area and I know Steelhead used to be more widely available in the creeks up that way and we're no longer to fish in the creek by law (currently from what King's tells me, maybe it's just seasonal so any baby steelhead can survive). I was wondering if anyone can guide me in regards to lures and tackle that works best or any area's to check out.

    I know the Russian is supposed to be good, I tried Sunset, Steelhead Beaches, but that water is moving so fast for shore fishing, looks like there were a ton of people on boats this past week. Most of the tributaries are too low of flow right now to fish from what King's Tackle in Guerneville tells me and I tried fishing the lower Eel when i could actually walk down to it without having to worry about tumbling down a cliff.

    I spin and fly fish and I mainly have tackle for smaller bows. I'd love to try Steelhead out so any advice would be great.

    Thank you everyone!

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