This page aims to provide women anglers with helpful information to better understand the Steelhead fishery, successful angling techniques, and the equipment that goes with this wonderful sport. Some of the angling techniques and method in this webpage are opinion-based. Simply put, we have our way of doing things, but that does not mean these are the only way or the best way, just ways we find efficient and/or productive.
We have created several icon links below that will take you to information pages within Minnesota Steelheader or to downloadable PDF files. There is some great information here! If you have any questions, reach out via email and we will do our best to reply in a timely manner. Enjoy Women on the Fly!
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Some other suggestions: Wading staff, net, forceps (hook removal), sunscreen, rain gear, warm base-layer clothing, and a camera.
6 - 8 weight Fly Rod: 8 weight is a great spring rod, 6 weight is good for summer and fall. 7 weight is a good all around. If you plan too focus mainly on Steelhead, an 8 weight is our suggested rod.
6 - 8 Fly real with backing: This can be spooled with floating fly line, or running line (specific for drift fishing).
Running line can be either floating fly running line or 14 - 17lb. bright colored monofilament. This method does not follow the traditional fly casting technique, but rather more of what is called, chuck & duck. Weight is added to the line to help deliver your fly rather than relying on the fly line to deliver. We discuss in the presentation the value and effectiveness of each.
Waders: Hip boots will work, but we find waders a better option. Notice in the pictures on this page, anglers are kneeling or sitting in the water to release fish and for photos. There most angers rarely go above the waist, the added coverage is good security
Wader belt: Safety, Safety, Safety. Most waders come with a belt. Nothing fancy is needed, heck a rope will likely do. We prefer a belt made of a durable quick-drying material and a quick release buckle
Wading boots: If using stocking foot waders (our favorite) we recommend good boots with either felt or the new alternative to felt design. cleats in the boots never hurt. As with all of our recommendations we review the value and use of all items.
Flies: We will have some for use, but it is fun to have your own personal selection. We use a lot of egg patterns in pinks, orange, chartreuse, red most of the shades in between, sized in 6 - 10. Wooly buggers (sized 6 - 12), wooly worms (6 - 12), pheasant tail type nymphs (sized 8 - 14) work well as the water warm. Bright streamer patterns, and variations on nymphs that have some flash.
Hat: Great for cutting down glare and protect from the sun
Sunglasses - POLARIZED: A must have. They cut the glare allow great visibility in the water and cut down on fatigue from the sun.
Detailed North Shore fly fishing set up list: