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.
Because steelhead are so strong and wild, landing them can sometimes be a real challenge. That’s why you should always have a net with you when fishing for steelies. It’s the best way to ensure you land your prized catch. And no one wants to lose a trophy fish.
Most steelhead in the US spawn sometime between January and April in water temperatures of about 40 to 50ºF. They prefer shallow water of up to 4 feet and build their nests on gravel or cobble beds.
With so many fishing opportunities, finding the right information for your next (or first) Oregon steelhead adventure can be a pretty tricky task, which is why I wrote up this complete angler’s guide.
While the average size of rainbow trout is 15 to 25 inches and 1 to 5lb, this trout species can reach a maximum size of around 40 inches and 35-40lb. Some genetically altered stocks can even produce fish that weigh close to 50lb.
While the average size of steelhead is 20 to 30 inches and 4 to 10lb, this trout species can reach a maximum length of around 45 inches and a maximum weight of about 40lb.