I made my first attempt at some early Autumn Steelhead this past weekend. Water temps and levels are not optimum but some streams with cold water inputs will tempt early runs of Steelhead during warmer weather. We have had some rain over the past week and can be even more tempting to the “Silver Ghosts” into making an appearance.
I usually don’t attempt much Steelhead angling until a hard frost or two. This will help push the water temperature down from summertime levels. We have not been close to a frost yet so I knew conditions were going to be less than optimum.
One advantage of visiting your favourite stream or river during low water is to see any new features from your last visit. It’s been a few months since I visited this stream. It was great to see many of my favourite “drifts” and a few new ones. Many local tributaries are well forested and have lots of woody cover and sandy banks. This makes these channels very dynamic and changes to channel morphology can be considerable at times.
One Steelhead showed up on my visit but was camera shy. Even though the Steelhead were shy there was lots of action with dozens of 2 year old Steelhead (Raimbow Trout) and a few young-of-the-year Coho Salmon caught today. I was also pleased to hook and release a couple resident Brown Trout. These pretty Salmonids are a real treasure!
It’s looking like it may be a few weeks before we are in the midst of traditional Steelheading weather. Either way, it was a pleasure getting out on a beautiful autumn day.
Waders: Hodgman Aesis Sonic Zip Waders
Rod: Custom Float Rod
Reel: Mykiss II Centre Pin
Line: Berkley Nanofil 14lb
Leader: 8lb Berkley 100% Florocarbon
Hooks: Berkley Fusion 19 Octopus Hooks (size 10).
Baits: roe bags, Creek Candy Beads
Floats: River Master
Vest: SIMMS Headwater Sling Pack
3 thoughts on “Early Autumn Steelhead ”
I went today. I think I caught the exact same fish lmao.
Saw some signs of salmon but like you say, water is still low and warm.
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Did you catch any Rainbow Smolts? Lots of them leaving for the streams for the lake these last few weeks.
Yes. Smolts and creek chub. Lots of action with both lol.
I fished from Dalton and went to my usual spots, up to the campground. Not much happening yet.
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