5# Steelies.

CFishRun
Want to try and fish some small streams with a fly rod for Steelhead. Would I be insane to even attempt a 5#. I've seen it done in Michigan but the steel seems smaller.
 
Spydeyrch
I believe, and correct me if I am wrong as I probably am, that the steelies in the great lakes function differently than the NorthWest ocean going steelies.

If I remember correctly, the great lake steelies head to the great lakes, as if they were the ocean, and then back to the streams/rivers/creeks to spawn.

Meanwhile the NW steelies go to the ocean and return to the streams/rivers/creeks to spawn. (Which I am sure everyone already knows)

The fact that the NW steelies go out to the ocean is what helps to make them bigger. The ocean supplies a completely different ecosystem than the great lakes can. Apart from the fact that it is salt water system and holds a much larger variety of prey, the salt water itself affects the steelie's body in a completely different way on a biological level than does fresh water.

So, as far as a difference in size and why, I would say that it is due to the lack of saltwater in the Great Lakes Steelies.

As far as which rod to use, I couldn't really give you too much advice about that but I would really want to use at least a 7w. But that is me personally.

-Spydey
 
halibuthitman
a 5 wt is a trout rod.... but if you want to just watch one fish after another disapear... then a 5 is your horse, small creeks require being able to stop or turn fish, any steelhead over 8 lbs is gonna punish you and leave you dissapointed-
 
youngbuck307
I wouldn't go with lighter than a 7 and even then a fish over 10 will be one hell of a fight
 
Growbug
7wt minimum for Steelies. It doesn't matter if its small streams or big rivers, the Steelies can still be the same size and will still have the same 'attitude'
 
metalfisher76
7+ fer sure!
 
fish4life
I would definitely go with 8wt I have a 6/7 weight I have caugh some 18" trout on and I dont think it would do trying to stop a fish going down a riffle especially during the winter I have a 9/10 that I have caught steelhead and salmon on and it works well I also have a 8 that i have only caught one coho on. If you were thinking about tarketing chinook also I would go with a 9/10 weight. Also a good reel with a drag just not a cliker or your hands will be beat to death I have a loomis reel on my9/10 and a okuma on my 8 and I like the loomis better.
 
CFishRun
Thanks for all the info, looks like I'll be gearing up a bit with my spinning/casting outfits. However, If you ever see a guy frantically running through a stream that's me not taking sound advice and going with the 5# in spite of all these great tips.

Again many thanks.
 
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