wow thank you for all the info ! I will get that book as well !I'm also noob to steelhead fishing I caught my first winter steelhead ever, and several others, but I got skunked a dozen times before getting my first one so don't be discouraged if you skunk out a few times. Also, look up water levels, fish counts, and any information that can help you determine the location and the amount of fish in the section of river you plan to fish. Try and learn the different kinds of steelhead water if you don't already know that. Get up early I'm a true believer of the early bird gets the steelhead. Another thing is to try new techniques, baits, and setups. I got my first steelhead float fishing with a nightmare pattern steelhead jig, but a ton of different color patterns work as well. You can also try steelhead worms, corkies, yarn, soft beads, and hard beads. The two biggest ones I hooked were on lures. I used the eggs from my first steelhead to catch a pair of steelhead. Ghost Shrimps and coon shrimps also work well as something to add to your jig or just fish by itself. I had blast trying out another technique called drift fishing. All I used was a shrimp and although I didn't hook a steelhead I had a fun time catching cutthroats with it. When using bait, remember it's more likely to gut hook fish, and on some rivers, it's illegal to use the whole year, or during certain periods, and the cure used on some eggs can kill baby fish . When it comes to rods and reels, in my opinion for noobs, it's best to just start with what you have or buy a less expensive setup. For line, I used a 30-pound high visibility braid and a 12-8 pound leader for winters. Some people also tie a buffer line on, but I was too lazy to do that lol, but it might help. Now assuming you're probably going after summer steelhead, I don't know if that would work, but I think most people go for a lighter less visible set up in the low water conditions during summer steelhead season. Use youtube, online articles, magazines, books to learn additional information. Also, find a river that fits all your needs and stick to it, and learn that river. Each creek and river's run is slightly different, so learning the behavior of each river run can be advantageous. Keep in mind to know the rules and regulations. Also, make sure you're fishing and accessing fishing spots by public lands. be safe, I've fallen on my behind and slipped down multiple times thankfully I never hurt myself. Talk to other fishermen if they seem friendly. I'd recommend buying the steelhead fishing essentials book it helped me learn a lot.
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