• What's the best technique this time of year for steelhead?

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 #232939  by AJFishdude
 Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:51 pm
I bet that you could find dedicated anglers that would tell you any one of those things would be their "go-to" right now, but I am personally fond of egg/corky combinations and pink worms. Don't forget hardware though as well (spoons/spinners). When I am out after winter steelhead I like to employ numerous techniques in water that I know often holds fish. I generally try to throw something small/natural/unobtrusive first, and then move on to bigger and flashier things. I.E. consider starting with a bead, or corky/eggs, or small jigs, all in more subdued/pale/darker colors. Then move up to things like spinners/spoons/pink worms.
 #232949  by riverhunter
 Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:34 am
Like aj said not sure you are gonna get a direct answer as they all work great anytime of year. Steelhead hit just about anything that is presented right whether it be hardware, bait or jigs. The thing is if they are in a biting mood more then what works best. River flows ,water clarity and angler pressure usually determines what can be presented properly at any given moment. If you want my opinion I prefer floating jigs with a bead dropper no bait but that could change upon my arrival to my location. I usually fish bait in murky water or as a backup if jigs aren't doing the trick
 #233144  by jonb
 Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:46 pm
Nightcrawlers, uncured roe, spoons, flies and twitching jigs have all caught/hooked steel for me in the past. I can't say any are best, but they work. Most came on spoons for me.
 #233188  by racfish
 Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:12 pm
dj2loud wrote:
Find a river that's closed to all fishing and fish the hell out of it....

Throw in the whole tackle box if you have to ........ Screw this state.........

Try Dupont Spinners. Youre too funny DJ.
 #233202  by Peduncle
 Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:54 pm
That's horrible info for someone just starting out. Really anyone for that matter.

I find that spinners are an easy tactic to use for beginners. Not to mention extremely effective. Throw your spinner out at 2 O'clock and let it sink for a couple seconds. Then start a very slow retrieve. Remember keeping your spinner low n slow is best. Try sizes 4 and 5 with a pink body although chartreuse is very overlooked.
 #233213  by dj2loud
 Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:28 am
im actually to the point where i don't give a rats ass about the WDFW..... I went fishing on the nooksack monday for about 4 hours.... caught a few here and there, two steel that i never landed... very surprised to see just how well fish hold on to a hookless hook.......
 #233234  by racfish
 Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:42 pm
The key to steelheading is patience. If you're not landing fish then there are a few things to check. Sharpen your hooks. Set the hooks before reeling in. Set your drag properly. Did I mention Paitience????