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One of the draws of both winter and
summer-run steelhead fishing is the wide array of angling techniques
that prove effective on these anadromous trout.
Many of these techniques are also
effective for most Pacific Salmon species, especially those techniques
that present offerings that are moving slowly through the fish's field
Here you can find a general overview of
some of the most basic principles of steelhead and salmon fishing. Click
on any of the links to take you to a page that will cover each technique
in added depth.
Sinking your boat between fishing holes IS NOT a
Far and away the most popular method
of catching steelhead and salmon on the Olympic Peninsula as well as boat anglers on the
Kenai Peninsula. Allows anglers of all abilities fishing aboard the boat to stand an equal
chance of hooking a fish.
Consists of angler letting around
fifty feet of line out with plug attached. When held against the current, the plug dives
to the bottom and wiggles about ... the boat is then slowly moved downstream into
likely fish holding areas ... it is hoped that the action of plug irritates the fish
enough to entice an aggressive strike.
The preferred method by most
accomplished conventional tackle steelhead anglers. Requires casting skill and a 'feel'
for the often light bite that we encounter. Used occasionally for salmon.
Consists of casting a bait / drift
bobber combination (with a small lead weight attached roughly thirty inches up the line)
slightly upstream and letting swing down and across ( towards you) the current. Fish will
generally pick up more out of curiosity ... when fish stops the moving bait, strike fast
We prefer to use sandshrimp for bait
for steelhead (although eggs are preferred for salmon and generally work equally as well
on steelies) and 'rags' and aeroflies as driftbobbers (although we will also use 'lil
corkies, spin 'n glos, cheaters, and sometimes, just straight bait.
Hardware (spoons & spinners)
Specialty steelheading technique tried by many but
mastered by few.
An excellent producing technique at
times for salmon, especially silvers.
Most anglers that have spent much time fishing for
either salmon or steelhead are probably familiar with the cast and retrieve method of
fishing hardware ... those that are very successful with hardware generally do more cast
and swing presentations, retrieving just enough to impart the action of the chosen
Float Fishing (bobber & jig, bait, or worm)
A style of both salmon and
steelhead fishing that is gaining in popularity in both the general steelheading population as well as our boats. Easy
fishing overall if you know the proper depth at which to rig your offering, but casting
with level winds (float fishing is best done with one) can be a tad tricky.
Similar to rig that most of us
caught our first trout or panfish on, the bites are generally very easy to detect and the
fishing style allows anglers to fish areas that are often difficult to effectively fish
with other techniques.
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