Spin and Plug Fishing Gear for Salmon River Steelhead

Steelhead Fishing Tackle List  – Spin and Plug

Silver Cloud Expeditions will provide all tackle and rods for your fishing day. If you decide to bring your own, here is a Steelhead fishing tackle list of recommend equipment:

Checklist for Salmon River Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead Fishing Checklist

This steelhead fishing checklist will help you to ensure you have what you need on your guided fishing trip. It is the basic gear you should bring on your fishing day regardless of whether you have your own fishing gear or not.

  • Rain jacket
  • Good fleece jacket
  • Heavy coat
  • Stocking cap or hat
  • Fingerless gloves, avoid fleece. Neoprene, wool or synthetic works well
  • Waders, or at the very least waterproof above ankle boots – no tennies or loafers
  • Leader clipper (fly fishermen)
  • Pliers to remove barbs from hooks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion
  • SPF rated lip balm
  • Cash for guide gratuity


Miscellaneous – Steelhead Fishing Checklist

  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Camera with a waterproof bag or box
  • Small set of binoculars
  • Hook hone

Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River

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Steelhead: A-run or B-run?

Is This Idaho Steelhead A-Run or B-Run?

Steelhead A-run or B-run – can you tell? Idaho’s steelhead are classified into two groups, A-run and B-run, based on their size and ocean life history.

Steelhead are actually rainbow trout that are anadromous fish, meaning they migrate to the ocean and return to fresh water similar to a salmon. Idaho’s A-run steelhead are most commonly found in the Snake and Salmon rivers. Their return from the ocean usually starts between June and August and most often they return after spending one year in the ocean. Due to their early return and length of stay in the ocean, they weigh 4 to 9 pounds and are generally 23 to 28 inches long. Salmon River steelhead average 7 pounds and 27 inches.

The B-run steelhead are more commonly found in the Clearwater River, but some return to tributaries in the Salmon River. These fish usually spend two years in the ocean, and begin their migration to their spawning grounds later in the summer or fall of the year – usually late August or September. Due to the extra year and summer of growing in the ocean, they return as much bigger fish.

B-run steelhead average between 10 and 13 pounds and are 31 to 34 inches long. A steelhead can grow very large if it spends a third year in the ocean before it returns to Idaho to spawn. These steelhead are on average larger than 37 inches and can weigh more than 20 pounds. The Idaho state record steelhead weighed 30 pounds and was caught in 1973 in the Clearwater River.

Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River
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