Winter Steelhead Prep – Float Fishing 101 | Beginners Guide To Fishing With Bobber and Jig Float Fishing 101 | Beginners Guide To Fishing With Bobber and Jig | Winter Steelhead Fishing Tips Hey guys, Last week …


Winter Steelhead Prep - Float Fishing 101 | Beginners Guide To Fishing With Bobber and Jig
Float Fishing 101 | Beginners Guide To Fishing With Bobber and Jig | Winter Steelhead Fishing Tips

Hey guys,
Last week we covered How To Fish With Beads. This week we will continue the Winter Steelhead Fishing prep with another video covering a great technique, that when fished properly, can be very effective, and that's float fishing, specifically fishing with a bobber and jig. We will move on to more techniques and tips as the weeks progress and our winter steelhead fishing season gets underway.
As mentioned, this is a great technique that has proven very effective in years passed, here locally and abroad. I have used this technique a LOT myself, whether fishing here locally on the Sandy River and Clackamas river or our coastal tributaries.
For the most part this is a simple rig to get set up, and how to fish it is pretty straight forward as well.
We start off the video covering the basics of what is needed and recommended for this rig, covering what kind of rod for float fishing, what are some good reels, the items that you need to get started ie. Fishing pole with reel, bobber, bobber stop, beads, in-line weight, leader, and a jig.
Next is assembly of the bobber and jig rig. I also cover some different options along the way. Once the float fishing rig is complete we will cover what it is that you are looking for when fishing this rig as well as how you should approach your first few casts, which will enable you to find the bottom of the river so you can adjust your bobber stop to lose less gear and catch more steelhead.
This rig works great for not only steelhead but salmon (coho, chinook) as well, though I'd be using a slightly bigger line (15-20lb) when targeting salmon.
The Winter Steelhead Fishing season is just around the corner. I get asked a lot about when Winter Steelhead Fishing starts picking up here on our local rivers. The answer is not always a solid one but typically we begin to see more anglers on the water as we move into the month of December. Christmas to New Years is when we really begin to notice the increase in pressure on the water. Fish are caught for the next couple months thereafter.
Where to fish is another question that I am asked about a LOT. My recommendation will always be to start low and try to move up with the fish.
When the run is young you may find me low on the river, possibly even around the mouth of the river if I am able to get there. If I was on the sandy river, I would start around Lewis and Clark State Recreational Area and would start making my way upriver towards Glenn Otto park and Dabney.
Once it seems as though a good push of fish have come in, I will slowly start making my way up further, fishing Oxbow regional park and up to dodge park. This is typically where my cutoff is for fishing the sandy river, very seldomly will you find me fishing at Cedar Creek hatchery.
If I were to be fishing the clackamas river, I would be starting at Clackamette Park in Oregon City. There is access to the mouth of the river here, and a great place to start targeting winter steelhead as they move in. Once the bite begins to slow here and it seems as though a good number of fish have moved in, I will then begin making my way upriver, fishing Riverside Park, Carver Park, Cross Park, and then Barton Park. Once the Winter Steelhead run has hit it's peak, I typically stick around the middle of the river system and don't move up any further until the run is around 3/4 of the way completed.
Catching Winter Steelhead on spinners is probably one of my favorite ways to target these fish. Winter Steelhead are a bit more reactive and will likely strike anything you get near them. Bead fishing is another technique that has been gaining momentum, though the method has been around for quite some time now.
Once things begin to pick up around here I will be back to doing the Weekly Sandy river fishing report and the clackamas river fishing report, giving viewers insight on current conditions, upcoming conditions, the best techniques for fishing those conditions as well as sharing photo submissions from other viewers and subscribers that have been fishing the PNW. These videos have a lot of information that may help anglers be more successful when targeting this some-what elusive fish.

Stay tuned for more Winter Steelhead Fishing prep and How To videos that will help expand your arsenal of knowledge in fishing techniques.

Typhoon by Ehrling @ehrling
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