Although we furnish all of the rods, reels, flies, etc that may be needed for a day of fishing there are a few things that you will need to bring along to make sure you have the most enjoyable and successful time on the rivers.
1. Waders: Please check to make sure yours do not leak. This is a sure fire way to ruin your day. River temps are very cold this time of year. Please make sure the boots fit you well, we will spend a great deal of time walking in the rivers on unstable rock beds and trails. Loose boots end up with sprained ankles or sending someone for an unwanted swim. If your wading boots have studs that is a plus!
2. Rain Jacket (neutral colored preferred). We will fish rain or shine as long as it's not flash flood levels. Steelhead don't mind rain. It also helps you to be more stealthy when fishing close quarters. Steelhead are very spooky fish.
3. Dress in layers. On bottom we recommend a moisture wicking base layer/long johns, then a pair of fleece pants or sweat pants over them. Jeans are super uncomfortable in waders and lead to painful chaffing. On top a moisture wicking base layer/long john followed by a light sweat shirt. Check the weather report you may need more layers.
4. Backpack for layers or other miscellaneous items you would like to bring.
5. Polarized Sunglasses with sunglasses strap/leash. These are dual purpose. Both for your safety as well as being able to visually see into the rivers to identify holding spots and sometimes steelhead themselves. We do not allow anyone to fish without eyewear for safety reasons.
5. Any extra snacks or drinks you would like to have with you on the river. The food cooler will be packed in the vehicles until lunch time. Some of the rivers are unrealistic or very time inefficient to hike all the way back to the vehicles for something to drink or eat. I will have extra water with in my backpack.
6. Waterproof Camera. Photos are awesome. The North Shore is quite beautiful in the springtime. A ziplock bag will help it stay dry in your backpack.
7. Hat. A baseball or knit hat depending on weather.
8. Wading staff (optional but highly recommended), many people like to bring a wading staff with for help when crossing slick rocks in fast water. A cheap walmart hiking pole or ski pole from the thrift store works great.