Steelhead Setup by Jason on Mon, Dec 7
I have a 9ft. 8wt. steelhead rod and would like to get into steelhead fishing. I build my own leaders and would like some recommnedations on steelhead leaders or formulas for the salmon river, oak orchard, etc.
I am an experienced fly-fisherman, just not for steelhead. Any recommendations for leaders, setup would be appreciated.
|Re: Steelhead Setup by scott on Mon, Dec 7 (41100)|
|Check out Loren Williams' website. I'm pretty sure he has some formulas for building all kinds of leaders there.
There are a couple of set ups that you want to think about - one is "right angle" indicator fishing. Again, have a look at his site for more. The other is to fish streamers/buggers, etc. just buy some Rio or Airflo sinking polyleaders at Whitakers or Malinda's shops up there. They cast great and all you do to rig them is tie a double surgeon's on the tip end. Put on a section of about 3 ft. of tippet by tying a double surgeon's in the end of the tippet and then loop-loop.
Those are the two main set ups that I would consider fishing. Other choices are sink tips of different lengths and then a tippet, again to swing flies. Level sink tips don't cast as nicely unless you're using a spey rod to toss them.
Have fun -
- Re: Re: Steelhead Setup by [no name] on Tue, Dec 8 (41127)
|Re: Steelhead Setup by [no name] on Wed, Dec 9 (41180)|
|Although I do not tie up my own leaders, I can tell you what I use for steelhead.
For indicator fishing, whether is be with a switch rod or 9' single handed rod, a 9' 12lb tapered leader with 3' of 2x or 3x floro tippet works well. I add bb size split shot right above the knot where the tippet and leaders meet and float the indicator 1.5 times the depth of the water. Egg patterns and various trout nymphs and ice dubbed nymphs work well, size 10 to 14.
For swinging, to agree with the above post, 10' poly tapered sinking leaders by airflo or Rio. IPS depends on flow of the river, so I would suggest buying a range of 2.6 - 7.0 IPS. 3' of Maxima chameleon or ultra green in 10 or 12lb works great of the end of the leader. Use you favorite streamer pattern, size 4 & 6 olive and brown buggers are a good start as well as any streamer with rubber legs.
Be warned, once you catch that first steelhead, it's all over. Put a post up when your ready to buy a switch or spey rod.........it's just a matter of time.
- Re: Re: Steelhead Setup by Jason on Thu, Dec 10 (41202)
- Re: Re: Steelhead Setup by Loren Williams on Sun, Dec 13 (41322)