Mainer looking for some steelhead

#1
So my wife is from lake stevens and we are planning a trip to visit her family. In order to spend as little time with the inlaws as posible I will be doing a lot of fishing. My rod is an L.L. Bean stream light ultra its a 9ft 6wt. Is this rod acceptable for steelhead? Also tips tricks and location information would be nice.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#2
When are you planning to visit?

For winter steelhead I will say you are extremely under gunned using the rod you mentioned. Especially if you have never fished steelhead before.
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#3
Hi Clint,
I agree with Kerry. You are undergunned for wild winter fish. However, you would be O.K. for summer run steelhead if you hooked the fish in a location where you had ample room to let the fish run and tire itself out. You would be hard-pressed to horse in even a hatchery summer run with a 6wt. Location depends on when you are going to be visiting. Run timing and location is complex.

Steve
 

rory

Go Outside
#4
You will only be under gunned if you hook a fish! Your odds of catching fish increase tremendously by hiring a good guide. Look for one on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
#6
Yeah its my stripah and land lock pole. But I herd steelhead where the way to go in WA. What sort or fly is recomended for winter run? I'm planning the trip for the end of next month.
 
#7
It's going to require hours of driving from lake stevens to fish for steelhead in March. And your 6wt isn't enough rod.
If you do go out, fly selection for winter fish doesn't mean much. A simple selection of buggers and/or leeches in a few colors will do.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#8
See if someone on this or the main forum wants to split a guided trip on the coast rivers. For $200 +tip, you will have all the right gear, the best chance at catching a steelhead and have some great fun. I'd suggest you call Caleb Hitzfeld (360-640-8513) -- he lives in Forks, WA and is A+.
 
#9
"See if someone on this or the main forum wants to split a guided trip on the coast rivers. For $200 +tip, you will have all the right gear, the best chance at catching a steelhead and have some great fun. "
X2. Your chances of getting a Steelhead on your 1st trip to a new area, never having fished for them is extremely small. They are'nt called the fish of 1000 casts for nothing.
 
E

Evan Virnoche

Guest
#10
"See if someone on this or the main forum wants to split a guided trip on the coast rivers. For $200 +tip, you will have all the right gear, the best chance at catching a steelhead and have some great fun. "
X2. Your chances of getting a Steelhead on your 1st trip to a new area, never having fished for them is extremely small. They are'nt called the fish of 1000 casts for nothing.
He is lying to u its actually fish of 10000 casts
 
#12
What is this some sort of out of towner routine? You all make it seem like the steelheads a great white ryno. I got the 8wt rod and I've looked up some popular winter run steelie flies changed the trip to april and can't belive I would need a guided trip. Maybee your all right and ill get skunked but if I don't I can't wait to post the pics. Lol thanks for the info guys
 

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#13
What is this some sort of out of towner routine? You all make it seem like the steelheads a great white ryno. I got the 8wt rod and I've looked up some popular winter run steelie flies changed the trip to april and can't belive I would need a guided trip. Maybee your all right and ill get skunked but if I don't I can't wait to post the pics. Lol thanks for the info guys
One Yankee to another: It used to be a freindlier crowd around here. If you can handle Stripers and Blues on your 8 weight, you will do fine here on Steelhead too. If you hook one. Try reading through the steelhead forum, and the spey forum, and do some searches here on steelhead, winter steelhead etc. As for flies, there are so many patterns you could get lost. And as many philosophies about what the right flies are as there are people using them- it boggles the mind. It helps to remember that for over 100 years people have been using a lead weight, a hook lashed with a few inch hank of red yarn, heavy line, and a mouthful of tobacco juice to catch these fish. So maybe the pattern is not as critical as the presentation- deep and s-l-o-w. "Anything is good as long as it is black and purple", that's a common refrain. You won't have any trouble finding the right fly. There are some nice ones listed on this site's fly tying gallery page, some with tying instructions. Good luck on your adventure! http://olympicpeninsulaflyfishing.blogspot.com
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#15
What is this some sort of out of towner routine? You all make it seem like the steelheads a great white ryno. I got the 8wt rod and I've looked up some popular winter run steelie flies changed the trip to april and can't belive I would need a guided trip. Maybee your all right and ill get skunked but if I don't I can't wait to post the pics. Lol thanks for the info guys
You asked questions and you got answers with some advice to hire a guide. Good advice. Steelhead are difficult to catch and some here provided you with information that would up your chances of catching one. I see where no one gave you the "out of town" treatment. Bring your 8wt. and good luck. If you hook up and land one of our wild winter steelhead good on you. I have seen first timers hook up with a few casts. I also know people that have fished for them for years without catching one. The truth is if you don't know where to fish or how to fish for steelhead you likely won't see one but you will still be able to enjoy the beauty of the NW rivers.