Fly Boxes - carry a few at all times loaded with streamers, nymphs, egg patterns, and some local favorites.
Forceps and/or needle nose Pliers - for removing hooks from fish and crimping pliers
Net - A good landing is a plus. We like the Beckman small or medium steelhead models
Split shot - water gremlin #3/0 are pretty standard but #BB and #7 are good to have as well.
Slinkers - Alternate to using split shot (see our techniques page)
Barrel swivels - #10's work well. Use for drop shot and/or slinker rigs.
Hooks (for snelling yarn flies) - Sizes #4 - #8 octopus style. We prefer the chemically sharpened varieties with a strong wire.
Strike indicators - there are a wide variety on the market today. They work great when drifting in low light conditions. We prefer the homemade Glo bug yarn style (see instructions on our techniques page).
Floats - A few floats for those slow water or hard to manage drifts
Leader Spools - Mono or Fluorocarbon. Mono works just fine but, if the fish are spooky or during low clear water, give fluorocarbon a try. We recommend Maxima ultra green or clear mono, or Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon.
Scissors - A good sharp pair for cutting and shaping yarn flies.
Hook Hone - We really feel this is way under rated. Drifted flies take a beating on the plethora of rocks in our rivers. Honing your hooks from time to time helps to eliminate lost fish.
Rodrule - and/or soft tape measuring device to record the length of your catch
Camera - goes without saying - we prefer the waterproof 35mm. Digital is great too, just don't get it wet!
Note pad - keep track of your daily catch to record in a journal or log book back at home.
North Shore Steelhead fishing can demand a lot from your gear, tackle, and clothing. One day you may find yourself bush whacking in the thickets along a backwoods tributary in 60 degree weather. The next day you could find yourself knee deep in a river with howling wind and sleet while drifting to those elusive Steelies. Your gear should be able to adapt to these ever changing conditions and, be of good quality to ensure comfort and enjoyment.
For Drift fishing we recommend either spooling with high abrasion resistant monofilament or a floating running/shooting fly line. Check out our techniques page for the pro's & cons of these two methods.
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