|Streamer fishing for lake run steelhead requires a little effort but it
can be very exciting and rewarding. A six to twenty pound fish that
leaps and runs long and fast doesn't compare with hooking one
on a nymph or egg fly. From about April until mid May is usually the
hot Springtime season for streamers. From about the middle of
October until the middle of November, Fall steelhead will take the
streamers aggressively. The key is water temperature. It's best
when it's in the high forties to low fifties. Stream levels are usually
also very critical, depending on the particular stream your fishing.
Water color is an important consideration when selecting flies.
These lake run steelhead eat baitfish most of their life. The best
opportunity to fool them into thinking your streamer is a baitfish is
when they first arrive in the rivers but they will also attack the
streamers when they are actively spawning. The females protect
their nest and the males are just mean, usually wanting to kill
whatever gets near them. Large, bright streamers will sometimes
make them display their anger.
Steelhead will also eat the streamers at times when they are
headed back to the lakes after the spawn. These fish are called
You'll usually need a sink-tip line and lots of energy to strip these
large streamers. Don't work the fly too fast. You want to keep the fly
in the strike zone long enough to aggravate the fish into taking it.
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