I need help! Help me catch my first steelhead

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SO i have been fishing my whole life and i go salmon and steelhead fishing every year. Yet i always go home empty handed, and it is not from lack of trying (4 salmon total in 40+ years). I fish up and down the alsea river and Nehalem every year. I though at one time maybe it was my old gear was fouling so i was missing fish(nope it's just me). I have bought a few books and have noticed i have missed quit a few not realizing i had bites. I don't care to know your honey hole, as we all know most of them along the alsea for salmon but what should i be using right now for winter steelhead. Should i be fishing higher up the river or lower? I'm at a loss and i would hate to go yet another year without putting something on my tags. So i figured there is no harm in asking for help
 
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It might be the water you're fishing. Fish where you see people catching fish. If you're drift fishing the right water and using anything resembling an egg...soft or hard beads and yarn balls work great...you will catch a fish. Weight is important. Dont dredge the bottom but you need to be close to it. I prefer to use the least amount of weight possible in any given hole. I dont bobber fish or spinner fish but I know those techniques can be effective as well. My best suggestion is to learn to read the water so you're fishing the right places.
 
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SO i have been fishing my whole life and i go salmon and steelhead fishing every year. Yet i always go home empty handed, and it is not from lack of trying (4 salmon total in 40+ years). I fish up and down the alsea river and Nehalem every year. I though at one time maybe it was my old gear was fouling so i was missing fish(nope it's just me). I have bought a few books and have noticed i have missed quit a few not realizing i had bites. I don't care to know your honey hole, as we all know most of them along the alsea for salmon but what should i be using right now for winter steelhead. Should i be fishing higher up the river or lower? I'm at a loss and i would hate to go yet another year without putting something on my tags. So i figured there is no harm in asking for help
Sandy River ,Oxbow Park, Feb. Spinners , jigs .
 
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I have two suggestions. My first would be to hire a guide. I know there are probably quite a few on the Alsea. My second suggestion would be to join the NW Steelheaders, CCA, NSIA, or another fish focused group. Basically surround yourself with other anglers with years of experience. Kinda tough to surround yourself with people right now but you know what I mean. These groups typically have members that have been fishing a long time and can provide valuable insight on how and where you like to fish. They often do several fishing events throughout the year too. I don’t know where you live but there are Chapters all over Oregon.
 
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Looks like some good water levels coming up soon. https://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/rfc/

I usually don't go until after new years but I've got a day this week so I will probably go and give it a shot down low. I just use bobber and jig/ pink worms and various hardware, spinners and mainly spoons. I'd just focus on all the roadside holes and boat ramps on the Alsea or any of the other rivers in your zone and keep trying. Good luck.
 
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This guide came recommended for the Alsea.
 
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SO i have been fishing my whole life and i go salmon and steelhead fishing every year. Yet i always go home empty handed, and it is not from lack of trying (4 salmon total in 40+ years). I fish up and down the alsea river and Nehalem every year. I though at one time maybe it was my old gear was fouling so i was missing fish(nope it's just me). I have bought a few books and have noticed i have missed quit a few not realizing i had bites. I don't care to know your honey hole, as we all know most of them along the alsea for salmon but what should i be using right now for winter steelhead. Should i be fishing higher up the river or lower? I'm at a loss and i would hate to go yet another year without putting something on my tags. So i figured there is no harm in asking for help
The first year I fished steelhead I would get quite frustrated using the same baits and techniques but not catching fish. I would be fishing a hole for an hour and some dude would come by and first cast...wham!!! Finally I asked a guy what am I doing wrong. He said nothing, you just don't recognize the bite yet. He said if your weight is correct ( just nicking the bottom) and you've made a drift or two and your line stops...set the hook! That day I caught my first Steelhead and several more that season. The Steelhead bite in my experience is usually light, if something different happens, set the` hook. You may also want to try a bobber and jig, it makes the bite a bit more obvious...good luck.
 
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The first year I fished steelhead I would get quite frustrated using the same baits and techniques but not catching fish. I would be fishing a hole for an hour and some dude would come by and first cast...wham!!! Finally I asked a guy what am I doing wrong. He said nothing, you just don't recognize the bite yet. He said if your weight is correct ( just nicking the bottom) and you've made a drift or two and your line stops...set the hook! That day I caught my first Steelhead and several more that season. The Steelhead bite in my experience is usually light, if something different happens, set the` hook. You may also want to try a bobber and jig, it makes the bite a bit more obvious...good luck.
Yes; that. Great advice.
 
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Great advice indeed. If you are drift fishing it is probably the hardest technique to catch fish with, but once you get it down there’s nothing quite like it! You should elaborate on which technique you are using. Also, fish high up in the river when the river level is high and low down in the river when the river is low.
 
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The CCA and the NW Steelheaders both have chapters in Albany. They are still having meetings but they are via zoom.
 
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Go to bimart pick up a1/8 ounce # 11 aero nightmare steelhead jig 24 inches of 12 lb leader 1/4 ounce inline weight tied to 17 lb nanofil braid and 1/2 ounce sliding bobber. toss it in every hole that looks fishy make a drag free drift. Trust me :)
 
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It might be the water you're fishing. Fish where you see people catching fish. If you're drift fishing the right water and using anything resembling an egg...soft or hard beads and yarn balls work great...you will catch a fish. Weight is important. Dont dredge the bottom but you need to be close to it. I prefer to use the least amount of weight possible in any given hole. I dont bobber fish or spinner fish but I know those techniques can be effective as well. My best suggestion is to learn to read the water so you're fishing the right places.
If I use chicken eggs will I catch bigger fish? What about ostrich eggs?
 
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