Summer Steelhead Bead Fishing

While the effectiveness of the BnR Tackle Soft Beads for winter steelhead has been well documented, their application for summer steelhead is starting to become more realized. The smaller sizes and more natural colors are proving to be just as effective when targeting summer steelhead. Specifically, the natural, mottled natural, and mottled pinks are proven to be deadly.

Natural, Mottled Natural and Mottled Pink Soft Beads Natural, Mottled Natural and Mottled Pink Soft Beads

For rigging, we recommend leader lengths between 4’ and 6’, and downsizing leader sizes to 8 lb or even 6 lb as we get into the lowest water of the year in the fall. There are a number of fluorocarbons on the market that are useful for leader material due to their low visibility and their ability to sink quickly. We recommend pairing the bead with a small ¼ or 1/8 oz fixed stick style float. The bead should be fished with 1-3 split shots 18” away from the bead. Another thing that can be done to improve durability of the soft bead replace the bobber/bead stop with a mono bobber stop knot using 20-40 lb mono. This creates a stealthy, natural presentation that works perfectly in the low, clear water we see throughout the fall.

10mm Mottled Natural Bead with 20 lb mono bobber stop knot (in black) 10mm Mottled Natural Bead with 20 lb mono bobber stop knot (in black)

The spring Chinook have been dropping eggs for a couple of weeks already and more salmon will be spawning shortly. As these salmon spawn, the steelhead will line up below them to suck down loose eggs.  Get out there and get in on some late summer steelhead action.

 

 

 

Sep 21, 2016 | by Brandon Wedam, Weekly FMO report