Dedicated steelheaders can still take advantage of “hold-over” fish that are in the deeper pools of Lake Ontario tributaries and in the main large rivers like the Niagara River.
For those anglers fishing the smaller tribs starting out at daybreak is critical not just to beat other anglers to potential holding-pools, but to also have the best chance of hooking-up fish under low light conditions. Besides starting early, covering lot’s of water will pay off. That means fishing stealthy and fast. Covering as many deeper runs, pool, undercuts and log-jams as possible effectively. Terminal tackle should be minimal, leader diameter small and be ready to make a variety of presentations from drifting roe bags, beads, flies, fly-jigs, soft-plastic imitations and tiny Luhr Jensen Kwikfish and Vibrax spinners!