If you've struggled with catching steelhead,
you're not alone!
In my early days of steelhead fishing, I was one of the guys who ended up watching more steelhead being caught by other anglers than catching them myself. If you've been there, you know where I'm coming from here: It gets old quickly! I so desperately wanted to be in the "Ten percent of anglers who catch 90 percent of the fish" club.
At the beginning of my steelhead fishing career, I spent a lot of time floundering around, trying to figure things out. I won't say the time was wasted, but I certainly could have used some good information to get me pointed in the right direction. When I think back, I spent a lot of time either not fishing where the fish were – or not using the right stuff (or both!).
The Formula for Steelhead Fishing Success
Steelhead are simple creatures of habit that require basic things like food, cover and places to rest. They're not going to "out-smart" you but they will seem like ghosts if you don't learn exactly what it is that makes them feel safe and comfortable.
By understanding how steelhead relate to various water conditions and environmental factors, you can narrow down where they will be hiding – sometimes to about as little as 5 or 10 percent of the river. Your scores go up significantly when you spend your time fishing where the fish are!
And things get really exciting when you know where the fish should be – and then combine that with an understanding of what they are likely to eat in a given situation!