Aaron Shirley, Mulligan and I spent the morning again looking for Lake Ontario tributary steelhead and the fishing was definitely more challenging than yesterday. We ended up bushwacking for almost an hour with our long 13′ Rapala Drift rods & reels through thick and light bush, trying not too catch too many trees. All this to try and locate isolated runs/pool that were a little deeper where we knew post-spawn steelehead would be limited to hold until we get some more rain and they make it downstream to Lake Ontario.
For the first time I fished the Rapala Classic Drifter reel with a 13′ Rapala Shift drift rod and loaded with 8lb test Sufix Seige Tangerine line and was very impressed. Both of us used long rods so we could fish further back from the waters edge without spooking steelhead in shallower water runs.
I ended up catching 2-smaller steelhead and this nice female that held in about 4′ of water in a long run. It made about 3 nice jumps, looking like an Atlantic Salmon before I was able to slow it down and land it.