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Thunder Bay a Mecca for Steelhead

Best runs for steelhead in the fall begin in November. In the spring, March through April is the hot time. • Credit: Colin McKeown
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Thunder Bay a Mecca for Steelhead

Within the heart of the city, or a just a few hours away, you'll find steelhead fishing hotspots



Lake Superior has some incredible steelhead runs, some of the best are centred around Thunder Bay, Ontario.

For anglers looking for affordable steelhead fishing and lots of river options -- this is the place.

Within a few hours' drive of Thunder Bay and even right in the heart of the city, the region has numerous rivers and creeks that fill up with steelhead in the spring and fall.

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(Photo credit: The New Fly Fisher)

Best runs in the fall begin in November. In the spring, March through April is the hot time.

In terms of accommodations and restaurants, there are lots of reasonably priced options right in the city and on the edges. There are lots of easy drive-to rivers with full public access.

In terms of equipment we recommend 9- or 10-foot length rods in a 7- or 8-weight. Floating lines or running lines work well. You can swing a fly or use nymphing techniques to find steelhead. Stonefly, egg, and streamer patterns work very well.

Recommended fly shop:

River's Edge Fly Shop
485 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3Y6
PH: (807) 345-3323

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