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First time steelhead fishing

Discussion in 'Steelhead Talk' started by Inspector, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. Hello all!!
    I plan on making my first trip steelhead fishing this weekend.
    I just purchased a 9ft. medium action spinning rod with a Spirex 4000 reel.
    I already have a pair of Hodges neoprene stocking foot waders and an old pair of sneakers. I also have an old Caddis belly boat.
    I grew up trout and bass fishing on the Chattahoochee, north of Atlanta.
    There we usually tightline drift, crawlers or eggs under bb shot or pitch small plugs on 4 to 6 lb. with 5 1/2 to 6 1/2ft. medium/light rods for rainbows and browns.

    Since this is my first trip, I would like some advise...
    What type and weight line???
    What type bait and method?? Eggs, crawlers, spoons ?? tightline or bobber??
    I live in Strasburg and was thinking Helen Wyman off Vrooman Road or at/near the railroad bridge over the Grand and SR 84 as I have been at this location for work.
    I plan on making the trip myself, unless someone offers to meet me there or elsewhere. I am up for any offers and most anywhere.
    Thanks to everyone in advance.
  2. Inspector,
    Go to for a lot of good info.

    I can't help with local conditions since I'm near Columbus. I would say that you are going too heavy on the rod and reel combo though. I use a 10'6" noodle rod (UL action) and 8lb main line when I get the chance to fish for steelies. I haven't been up in a couple of weeks, but there should be fish throughout the river with last week's rain. You won't need the belly boat either.


  3. Thanks Joel.
    I found the info at Steelie 101 helpful and informative.