A size 3000/30 or 4000/40 spinning reel is ideal for steelhead fishing. You will want a durable reel with a strong and easily adjustable drag and enough line capacity to better control the fish during the fight. A steelhead reel should also be lightweight, as you often hold your rod and reel for many hours.
While Shimano has a massive reputation as one of the world’s top reel manufacturers, newcomer KastKing is rapidly making a name for itself as a provider of decent budget reels. Shimano always has the upper hand, but smaller reel brands like KastKing should certainly not be overlooked.