Steelhead Fly Fishing Tackle
Steelhead Fly Fishing Tackle, no sales tax - $50 orders ship free in USA.
It's true that tackle doesn't make the angler, but it can sure effect your performance & attitude.
The techniques employed for steelhead can be varied. The way to ensure success with steelhead is to be able to cover a lot of water in a day's fishing. Being able to minimize casting fatigue can be a real factor. The anglers who have the most endurance have an advantage. Good casting skills burn less energy than poor casting skills. A light weight powerful rod that casts smoothly at all ranges is essential.
When encountering steelhead, the reel becomes much more than a place to store the line. The reel may have to feed and retrieve long yardage's of backing. Precise, smooth, low-inertia drag-systems really pay for themselves. Reels with waterproof drag systems are best. You will probably never use over 5 pounds of drag pressure when playing steelhead. Three to four pounds of drag pressure is most common. Smooth operation and being totally reliable are the two most important factors when choosing a reel. The reel as a component is the greatest factor which determines the difference between victory and defeat when encountering really large fish.
Steelhead reels should hold a fly line and
150 yd. of backing. Sealed ball bearings take less
maintenance than bronze bushings. Disk drags are proven. Anodizing
outlasts any kind of coating. Machined frames are stronger and more
durable than castings. The less moving parts the better. The fewest
total parts the better. Drags have to work smoothly when wet. Don't
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Because of the variety of river conditions
one may encounter, each angler using a single handed rod should be
equipped with a double taper or steelhead taper floating fly line, a
ten foot sinking tip fly line, and a T-200 Jim Teeny fly line (or
equivalent). Highly visible colors are best for floating fly lines on
big water. Neutral color lines are essential for low, clear water.
Changeable tip fly lines such as the Rio VersiTip are very popular and
eliminate the need of carrying extra reel spools. Anglers using two-handed fly rods
might consider carrying a full floating line
and a changeable-tip line type system. A changeable tip spey line such
as the Rio WindCutter and Skagit are recommended as your primary line.
However, a full floating line that does not have loops is smoother
when casting flies that are meant to be fished on or near the surface.
For floating line fishing during windless days a longer belly line
such as a Rio MidSpey can provide advantages for casters that are
tuned to them.
Warning: Many of the new small diameter monofilament tippet materials have not passed the steelhead testMaxima Chameleon and Maxima Clear are the only tippet materials sold on small spools which are100% reliable in the ten pound test rating. For steelhead fly fishing you need tippet material of at least .011 to turn over steelhead size flies at long range. The material should be hard and abrasion resistant. Most serious steelhead fly anglers tie their own leaders from Maxima. We've got the best prices on Maxima.
If you don't wish to tie your own, Climax and Rio knotless tapered "Steelhead Leaders" have passed all tests with us on the stream.
Leaders for your floating line should be 9'
long for single-hand rods and 10.5' to 15' for two-hand
rods. We believe that a leader with a tippet diameter of .011
gives the most advantage in the widest variety of angling
situations. If a dropper is to be included, use the tag end of
You should carry a complete kit of leader
making material as well as tippet material. A complete kit would
include the following sizes of Maxima on 27 yard spools: #40, #30,
#25, #20, #15, #12, #10, #8, #6. Carry (2) spools of #10.
Keep your leader kit organized and away from light and extreme
temperature changes. A squeeze bottle of Loon
UV Knot Sense™ is good to have in your leader
kit-bag. Put the bottle inside a closed zip-lock bag. You
might also include a
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