Poles range from #8 to #10 with #8 being the most common.
Line runs 12-18 lb. main with a 8-12 lb., floating with a sinking tip, leader. .325 grain or a descending rate from 5-6 I.P.S . Many people run a rods length of 10-12 lb. mono instead of a tippet.
Hooks run sizes 4-10 on single flies, 1/4-5/8 ounce wobblers, 2-4 on spinners. Barbless hooks recommended.
Colors are normal steelhead colors: Orange, Purple, Green, Red, Chartreuse and Blue.
Patterns for Flies: Egg Clusters in various sizes, Egg Sucking Leech, Everglow Fly, Purple Angle, Thor, Battle Creek, Boss, Dean River Lantern, Skunk or Green Butt Skunk, Little Leo, Shrimp patterns, Woolly Bugger and Zonker as well as “Made this myself pattern” flies.
SOCKEYE GEAR (June-July)
Poles run #7 or #8 Fly
Line runs 8-15 lb. main and 6-12 lb. leader
Hooks run size 8-12, 3/8-3/4 wobblers and spoons, #2-#4 spinners (Salmon size). Barbless recommended.
Colors: Green, Purple, Red, Blue and Pink.
Common Flies: Green Apple Nymph, Everglow Fly, Pink or Red Floozy, Red Hot, Green Eyes, Willie’s Sockeye, Steel Pheasant Nymph, Black Nosed Dace, Morrison Secrets, Mai-Tai and Sportsman special are just a few secret flies. Many different patterns are used every year.
Silver Gear (Mid-August – September)
Poles: #8 and #9
Line: 10-18 pound main, 8-12 pound leader
Hooks: Size 8-12
Colors: Orange, green, yellow, red, purple and white
Common Flies: Coho Spectrum, Coho (Russian River & Simmons), Dali Llama, Black Jack, Battle Creek, Bunny Fly, Carlson Coho, Eel River Optic, Egg Sucking Zonker, Everglo Fly, Flesh Fly, Flash Fly, Flame on Coho, Firecracker, Godawful Fly, Hair Skykomish, Mad Mandrill and Lonesome are a few of the wide variety of flies