- Feb 15, 2011
- Junction city OR
I catch steelhead on a lot of different gear but sometimes an underlooked method is spinner/ spoon fishing. It dosent get a lot of respect but sometimes it is the best method, especially in fast or snaggy water where other methods are hard. I brought two of my friends fishing on the alsea last week. I caught 3 steelies in 1hr. (2nd one a 10 lb native) all on size 5 blue foxes. My friends rushed to put lures on and couldnt catch any fish. I finally got one of my friends to try my way of fishing the lure. He was casting across stream and reeling back slow trough a good looking hole. I got him to move down stream 20 ft, and cast directly upstream. Not really moving the lure just keeping it the speed of the water and off the bottom. He said my blades hardly spinning i smiled and said keep casting. 5 cast later he hooked into a 8 lb hen and then another 45 minutes later. So give it a try, cast upstream, just keep your line tight and rod high. When your line stops set the hook. Ohh. And the best part is you can beef up to 20Lb line on a 7 ft med light rod for a fun fight with little chance of the fish breaking off! Hope it helps. Comment if you agree/ dissagree.