Steelhead Fishing Gear List
TIP: The clothes you take on your fishing trip can make or break it. Be sure that you are properly prepared.
❏ Underwear (1 pair per day)
❏ Base Layer Top and Bottom (2 – 3 pairs per week)
*we suggest merino wool
❏ Lightweight Jacket
❏ Windstopper Jacket
❏ Midweight Jacket
❏ Heavy Coat
❏ Lightweight Shirt (3 – 5 per week)
❏ Lightweight Pants (1-2 pair per week)
❏ Midweight Pants (1 pair per week)
❏ Rain Gear
❏ Lightweight Gloves
❏ Midweight Waterproof Gloves
TIP: Be sure that you choose the right boots and socks for the type of fishing trip you are going on, and that they are well broken in and greased.
❏ Socks (1 pair per day)
❏ Liner Socks (1 pair per day)
❏ Boot Grease
❏ Extra Laces
❏ Camp Shoes
❏ Waders and Wading Boots if needed
If you are Flyfishing:
❏ Rod (7-10 wt.)
❏ Reel (quality drag)
❏ Line (intermediate or floating)
❏ Backing (20-30 lb. | 150+ yards)
❏ Tippet (10-15 lb.)
❏ Tapered Leader (9+ ft.)
If you are Drift Fishing:
❏ Rod (medium to medium-heavy casting or spinning)
❏ Reel (quality drag with good line capacity)
❏ Line (15-20 lb. mano or braid)
❏ Barrel Swivel w/ Safety Snap (black size 5-7)
❏ Octopus Hooks (red size 2-2/0)
❏ Solid Lead Wire Roll (1/4″)
❏ Lead Hole Punch Pliers
❏ Corky (assorted sizes and colors)
❏ Yarn (assorted sizes and thickness)
If you are Trolling for Steelhead:
❏ Rod (medium-heavy to heavy casting or trolling)
❏ Reel (line counter reels recommended with quality drag with good line capacity)
❏ Line (15-20 lb. mano or braid)
❏ Steelhead Plugs (purple, chartreuse, black, red, pink and yellow)
❏ Lighted Steelhead Plugs (night fishing)
Technical and Misc. Fishing Gear:
❏ Day Pack
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Pocket Knife
❏ Fillet Knife
❏ Tape Measure
❏ Tackle Box
❏ Fire Starter Kit
❏ Dry Bag
❏ Tent/Bivy (appropriate for the trip)
❏ Large Duffel Bag
❏ Sleeping Bag (appropriate for the season/region)
❏ Sleeping Pad
❏ Camp Pillow
❏ Compression Bag
❏ 5 gal. Collapsible Water Container
❏ Water Filtration
❏ Eating Utensils
❏ Large Fuel Container(s)
❏ Camp Stove
❏ Folding Table
❏ Paper Towels
❏ TP/Wet Wipes
❏ Ziploc Bags
❏ Heavy Garbage Bags
❏ Dry Bag
❏ First Aid Kit
Personal and Misc. Items:
❏ Lip Balm
❏ Insect Repellant
❏ Moleskin for blisters
❏ Super Glue
❏ Prescription Medication
❏ Duct Tape
❏ Pain Reliever
❏ Extra Glasses and/or Contacts
❏ Quality Polarized Sunglasses
❏ Personal Toiletries
❏ Video Camera and/or GoPro
❏ Extra Batteries for all Electronics
*This is a sample/generic gear list. For more specific details for the time of year you are traveling to, we recommend checking with your outfitter, consultant or your destination’s local Wildlife Management Agency.
- Fishing license and permit(s)
- Conservation Stamp
- Access Passes
- Airline ticket and Itinerary
- Outfitter contact information
Trip insurance also protects you from damage or loss to your equipment and provides medical benefits and emergency evacuation coverage during your trip.
For more information visit www.TraveIGuard.com
or call 800-826-4919 and ask about Sportsman’s Travel Insurance.
Tell them Outdoors International sent you.
- Use your day pack for all of your carry-on items if you are flying.
- Pack an extra set of casual clothing with you in your hard case under the foam lining.
- Pack your sleeping bag in a compression sack to conserve space.
- Watch this podcast on Travel Tips.
For most rifle hunts you will need a flat shooting, bolt action .243 or larger rifle with a quality scope. Sight in so that you are dead on at 200 yards. Don’t be afraid to use shooting sticks.
For bowhunts, we prefer modern compound bows that are 60 lbs or more. Be sighted in at 20, 30 and 40 yards at a bare minimum. For Western hunts you may need to stretch that distance out to 50 yards or more. Your maximum range is the range at which you can keep EVERY arrow in a pie plate sized group.
Most people pack WAY too much. For most guided trips, all of your gear should be able to fit in one duffel bag weighing less than 80 lbs. *Not including your sleeping bag.
The standard tip for a guide is 10% to 20% of the cost of your trip. Remember to tip the cooks and other help in the camp as well. The amount you give reflects your appreciation for your guide’s hard work and effort.
Our team spends months every year out in the field testing new gear and vetting potential new outfitters. It offers a perfect opportunity for us to do comprehensive gear reviews so that you can make intelligent decisions on your gear purchases.