Originally Posted by rjsac09
Looking at chasing after some steelhead in a local river system this spring and didn't really know where to start...I have a Sage 8100 rod and am getting a reel rigged up right now. Should I look for a sinking tip line? How many yards of backing do I need to have? What length of leader should I use? What size leader & tippet? Lastly what flies should I tie to give a shot? I have heard that many times it is a reaction strike and guys use spay type flies...do I need to use any special hooks for steelhead?
Sorry for all of the questions, but I am a green horn when it comes to anything other than panfish or bass on a fly rod.
1)I would tie up some egg patterns, hairs ears and pheasant tails
2)Fill your reel with backing, probably 100 yards
3)Start with some 1x leaders, better yet just get a bunch of tippets and make your own, there will be lots of retying, save your tapered leaders for trout. Usually 2-3x tippet is tied to the fly
4)You will need a floating line (WF), don't mess with sink tip
5)Sometimes it's a streamer "reaction strike" better off nymping with an indicator, you will catch a lot more.
6)Your leader with tippets etc. will end up being around 9-10 feet (Thats not really too important)
7)For indicator go for some bigger thingamabbers or thills
8)for weight tie on 2-4 bb sized splits
just a few ideas hope this helps