Steelhead - Eastern
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|Great Lakes Steelhead feed on baitfish such as smelt and
alewives but they will also eat insects, especially in the nymphal
stage of life. They are very opportunistic, perhaps more than any
of the other salmonids. After all, they are rainbow trout. Could it
be that the steelhead adapt to what they experienced in the early
stages of their life?
One of the most plentiful insects are Winter Stoneflies. These
nymphs move to crawl out of the water during the warmest part
of the day and that's when the steelhead key in on them. The
steelhead waiting to spawn that hold in the pools of the rivers
draining into the Great Lakes will focus on eating the stonefly
nymphs, big burrower mayfly nymphs such as the Hexagenia
species and caddisfly larvae.
The Hare's Ear nymph and Pheasant-tail nymphs work and we
sell them, but our Perfect Fly stonefly, hexagenia mayfly
cadddisfly larva imitations will outperform these generic flies.
Under the same conditions as mention above, steelhead will
also feed on caddis larvae, both the free-living and net-spinning
kind. Our "Perfect Fly" Green Caddis larva and Cinnamon Sedge
larva flies imitate these very realistically.
Between October and early December, Fall Steelhead will take
wet flies well at times. You want to fish water above 40 degrees.
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