Packing List for Summer Steelhead Fishing Trips
Anglers fishing summer steelhead, primarily the Columbia River system, will encounter a variety of circumstances. This gear list and suggested flies will help you make the most out of your adventure whether its with Red's, DIY, or even another outfitter.
Double handed rods in 11' to 14 feet for 6 to 8 weight. (switch rods are ok for advanced casters, new to intermediate casters should cast traditional 12'6" - 13'6" rods)
Single Hand 7-8 Weight Rod with Floating Line
Skagit Head (floating)
Scandi Head (floating)
Skagit Head Intermediate essential for targeting Chinook when available
Sinktips covering a wide range of depth, from intermediate thru Type 6 and 8 and 20’+ of T-14, or equivalent.
Poly leaders can be helpful for clear water, low water scenarios.
Floating line or Floating tip
All running lines and backing should be at least 30-lb test.
Large arbor, disc drag reels with minimum 150 yards 30-lb backing.
Leader material in 10 – 25 pound break strength. Maxima Ultragreen is most popular for spey, RIO Fluorocarbon for nymph fishing.
1" Thingamabobber or Airlock Indicators if you nymph fish
Flies - Bring a variety of both weighted and non-weighted patterns. Spey fisherman need to always have several dry flies as well during summer and fall seasons.
Nymphs in the #4 - #10 range - Stone nymphs, October Caddis Pupae, and Egg Patterns
Clothing, Waders, and General Gear
High-quality breathable waders in good condition, with repair kit
High-quality breathable raincoat in good condition
Stout, felt soled wading boots with good ankle support.
Rubber Sole Boots should have studs.
Long sleeved shirt
Insulated Primaloft Type Jacket
Lightweight and fleece long underwear
Fleece sweater or jacket
Casual clothing for wearing around the lodge.
Water proof boat bag
Liquor, Beer, or Wine
Polarized sun glasses, multiple pairs if possible
Suggested Products for Steelhead Fishing Trips: