Steelhead Fly Fishing - The Orvis Steelhead Resource Center

Orvis understands your passion for the challenging and exciting sport of steelhead fly fishing.

Scott McEnaney holding a beautiful steelhead
Scott McEnaney, Orvis Eastern Endorsed Operations Director, holding a beautiful steelhead. Guide was Alberto Rey
of New York

That's why we've created the Orvis Steelhead Fishing Resource Center. From articles written by expert steelhead guides, to the high performance and durable equipment you'll need to face this worthy adversary, you'll find everything you need in the Orvis Steelhead Fishing Resource Center to enjoy your upcoming steelhead fly fishing adventure.

The Orvis Line of Steelhead Fly Fishing Gear

See the complete line of Orvis steelhead fly fishing gear including steelhead fly reels, steelhead fly rods, steelhead fly lines and leaders, steelhead clothing, steelhead accessories and steelhead flies.

The Origins of Steelhead

Steelhead are anadramous fish that share their origin with the Atlantic and Pacific Salmon. Although native to the West Coast of North America and the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, Steelhead are also found in the tributaries of the Great Lakes. They were planted into the Great Lakes numerous times in the late 1800's and by the 1940's could be found throughout the Great Lakes watershed.

Since first classified, they were considered sea-run Rainbow Trout. However, in the most recent classifications (1989), the tables were turned and this sea-run Steelhead is considered the "normal" state for the Rainbow Trout. Now they are classified as part of the Pacific Salmon family and the Salmo Gairdneri has become the Oncorhynchus Mykiss. By whatever name you call them, they are arguably the hottest freshwater fish you can catch on a fly rod.

A Steelhead Fisher's Arsenal
Facing Your Worthy Adversary—Weapons in a Steelhead Fisher's
Arsenal: A two-handed spey rod, a large arbor reel and steelhead flies
Photo from Orvis Endorsed Guide Greg Senyo of Ohio.

Articles by Steelhead Expert Guides

Orvis is proud to present helpful articles by four outstanding experts in the field of steelhead fly fishing: Dean Schubert, Matt Supinski, John Shewey and Mac Huff.

If you'd like to learn about steelhead fly fishing in more detail, then Matt Supinski's book on Great Lakes Steelhead and John Shewey's book on West Coast Steelhead will help you get more out of your steelhead fly fishing.

How to Catch West Coast Steelhead - by Dean Schubert

Where to Catch West Coast Steelhead - by Dean Schubert

How to Catch Great Lakes Winter Steelhead - by Matt Supinski

Where to Catch Great Lakes Winter Steelhead - by Matt Supinski

Dry Line Steelhead Tips - by John Shewey

Safe Wading Tips - by Mac Huff

Michigan's Mighty Muskgeon - by Matt Supinski