Steelhead are one of the most prized game fish. These supercharged sea run rainbow trout start running the Fraser River in December and continue until the end of may. With the month of May being fly fishing only. Prime time for Steelhead/Rainbow trout fishing is February until the end of April. We primarily fish Steelhead with our baits suspended below a float. Once hooked the power and acrobatics of the mighty steelhead is something to behold. After hooking a Steelhead, people have been known to become infected with "steelhead fever" rendering them helpless with the desire to catch more. Many Jobs have been lost due to this condition.
Steelhead used to be thought to be related to trout but are actually more closely related to Pacific Salmon. Steelhead are unique because although they all initially hatch in rivers only some migrate to the ocean while others remain in freshwater of their entire lives. These Steelhead are known as rainbow trout. Steelhead are native to tributaries of Asia, North America and the Pacific Ocean and have been introduced to over 45 different countries as a game fish. They are on every continent except Antarctica.
Steelhead are usually dark-olive in color with a white underside, heavily speckled body and their trademark pink-red stripe along their sides.The Steelhead that head into the ocean are slimmer, grow larger and are more silvery in color. Steelhead trout can reach up to 55 pounds (25 kg) in weight and 45 inches (120 cm) in length, though the average size is much smaller.
Steelhead can live up to 11 years and are mature around 3 years. Steelhead primarily feed on zooplankton while young and adults feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects, mollusks, crustaceans, fish eggs, minnows, and other small fishes including other trout! Steelheads are predators and will feed on virtually any type of fish they can catch.
Steelhead has tender flesh and a mild, somewhat nutty flavor. The reddish or orange flesh is a result of high astaxanthin levels in their diet. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that may be from a natural source or a synthetic trout feed. While steelhead's flavor is milder than most salmon varieties, its relatively high-fat content places it closer to salmon than trout in appearance and texture
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