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Light line, sensitive floats and Rapala Drift outfits the way to go for clear water steelhead.

Posted on May 10th, 2014
Steelhead have extremely good eye sight  and when fishing clear water conditions it's critical to use the lightest leaders and smallest terminal tackle.
Steelhead have extremely good eye sight and when fishing clear water conditions it’s critical to use the lightest leaders and smallest terminal tackle.

It’s becoming evident as the water is clearing that the post-spawn steelhead are becoming more sensitive which means we have to use lighter leaders, smaller sensitive floats, smaller hooks, and smaller egg-sacks.  This is the time when drift rods can really help to make a natural presentation from further up-stream allowing the current to gently present our baits to unsuspecting steelhead.

aaron_male_steelheadBoth Aaron and I have done well fishing the Rapala Shift Drift Rods and matching Rapala Drift Reels.  These center-pin reels are so smooth that the slightest current pressure on the float gently free-spools line at current-speed making for the best drift-presentation.

italo_big_steelheadMany anglers don’t realize that when it comes to drifting clearer water it’s much more effective to use smaller hooks. The smaller hooks are less visible to steelhead, they are less likely to catch submerged wood, or the bottom, but once you set the hook in a fish, they easily embed themselves past the barb and the steelhead can’t shake them.

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