Recommended equipment for Steelhead

Rods

All our camps have rods and reels available for your use during the week. Although we
recommend bringing your own equipment that you are familiar with, we have excellent loaner gear for everyone who would like to use it.  The majority of our anglers use spey rods for their ease in presenting flies in a variety of situations. These rods are an excellent choice for newbies and veterans alike.

The most popular spey rods are 8 and 9 weights between 12 and 14 feet long. The ideal spey rod is a matter of personal preference but we find 8 weight spey rods around 13 feet to be extremely popular. If you are having trouble deciding which rods are the most suitable for you, we would be more than happy to give you some expert advice!

There are opportunities for single hand casters and in many areas they can be a highly effective tool. Rods from 9-10 feet and in 8 or 9 weights are well suited here. Brands of rods we fish are Sage, Scott, Beulah, Burkheimer and Winston.

Reels

This is an important aspect of every angling trip and often overlooked by many anglers. A high
capacity reel with a reliable drag is a big bonus for trying to tackle the giants of BC. Cork, sealed bearing or even click and pawl are all popular drags and the major brands are all acceptable. It is important to make sure you have ample backing in case you hook the trophy of a lifetime. Popular reel manufacturers include Bauer, Nautilus, Sage, Hatch, Abel, Hardy, Lamson, Saracione, and Farlex if you’re feeling adventurous!

Single-hand Lines

Versitip lines are ideal for angling the Babine with a single-hand rod. They allow you to fish dry fly
and sink tips with ease and are very user friendly. Your favorite weight forward dry line can also be used for skating dries.

Spey Lines

Skagit Heads: Skagit style lines are very short, heavy heads, that were developed in the Pacific Northwest by a hard core group of anglers that were looking for a way to cast sinking tips and large weighted flies long distances, with a very short compact casting stroke. Your buddy that says Skagit lines are too easy doesn’t realize that’s the point.

These lines have become very popular with Northwest due to the fact that they are easy for both the expert and novice to cast, not to mention extremely useful in situations where room for a back cast is limited. These lines also work very well for people who prefer to fish shorter rods.
Skagit heads are typically attached to a separate running line on the back end and require a weighed tip off the front.

Scandi Heads: Where skagit lines are like semi trucks capable of delivering heavy loads, scandi heads are like sleek sexy sports cars. Ideal as floating lines capable of delivering laser tight loops or with sinking poly leaders and wet flies. A nice light scandi setup is a pleasure to fish all day and a great choice when dredging isn’t necessary.

Leaders

We recommend having Maxima leader for your steelhead trip. It’s strong and the brand trusted by
our guides and much of the steelhead world. This is not the place for light monofilament leaders or fluorocarbon both of which could cost you that trophy of a lifetime.
For sink tips you should have 30 lbs strong monofilament for butt section and 15 lbs to your fly.
If you decide to bring a dry fly setup, a 9 foot tapered leader to 20 lbs is ideal and a spool of 15 lbs monofilament tippet to add a few feet to the end and attach the fly.

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