Oncorhynchus mykiss

(Up to 20lbs+)


One of the most prized species on a fly, the Steelhead is an anadromous sea-run rainbow trout, usually returning to freshwater to spawn after 2 to 3 years in the ocean. Unlike most Salmon, steelheads survive spawning and can spawn multiple times with a space of a few months between episodes. Smolts remain in rivers for a year before heading out to sea, and can return to their rivers either reproductively immature (summer-run) to complete their growth in freshwater, or return later (winter-run) once they maturation is complete and they are ready to spawn.

Method: Dead drift sink tip lines, Swinging wet/spey flies, occasionally will take a dry fly.

Gear: 8-9wt single or Spey rods. Type III-V Sink Tip Lines and Floating Lines.


  • Egg Patterns
  • Egg Sucking Leech
  • Wolly Buggers
  • Bubble Gum Popsicle
  • Crystal Leech Variant
  • Squamish Poacher


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