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An underwater view shows a steelhead trout caught in the Situk River near Yakutat during April spring fishing.
Sea-run rainbows lure anglers to fast streams
Steelhead trout are perfect for anglers pursing freshwater fish with saltwater instincts.
Steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are rainbows that spend part of their lives in the ocean. Steelheads are more streamlined and have a more silvery sheen than freshwater-only rainbows.
Steelheads are found from the southern end of the Inside Passage to Southcentral Alaska and on to Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.
42 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1970 on Bell Island by David White. (Same as the rainbow trout.)
Adult steelheads like fast, deep, running water. Fish the deep holes in the stream, as well as white-water areas and behind rocks and log jams.
Steelheads like colorful flies such as the Russian River coho, hair skyhomish, skyhomish sunrise, red rascal and polar shrimp. Egg imitations work, too. A single hook with a tuft or strand of orange yarn is often just the ticket for steelhead.
Small spoons to large spinners also will catch steelhead.
Sources of information include the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.