Spring steelheading means fishing the first current areas in tributaries close to the Great Lakes mouths.
In many cases this means drifting slow-water we often call “frog-water” with sensitive floats, light line, long rift rods & reels and fresh roe bags.
This kind of steelheading can be very interesting since 13’+ rods don’t really mix well with overhanging trees and log-jams in the water.
This makes for challenging steelheading and if you are lucky enough to hook a fish, you usually end up wading in the water for a quick “catch & release”. Too much brush along the shore to mess with!
When I’m fishing these conditions I still like to use a 13′ drift-rod like the Rapala Concept Ti matched with the Concept Ti drift reel and Sufix Seige 8 lb. test colored main line and 6 lb. fluorocarbon leaders. The bait of choice….fresh roe bags of course!!