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     Ontario's wild Steelhead


Mike with a nice late fall steelhead.

Ontario steelhead are arguably the hardest fighting fish around. We are lucky to have steelhead in many of our rivers from September until May giving us 9 months to target these silver bullets. With most trout species in Ontario, catching only 1 or 2 fish over 20 inches is considered a great day, but with these hard fighting fish its not uncommon to catch 10 or more over 20" in a day. We've had many customer catch 20 or 30 on their trip out with us and some are over 15lbs.

Wild Steelhead: what do we mean by wild steelhead and why all the fuss over wild steelhead. All steelhead in the rivers are in a wild environment but what we consider a wild fish is one that was born naturally in the river and not stocked. These wild fish tend to fight harder and longer then their stocked brothers and in rivers like the Nottawasaga where the wild populations are over 95% wild and have not been stocked in many years the wild fish tend to be even stronger.

We guide our customers through miles of private lands for un-pressured fish and are averaging over 10 a day during peak times.
Best times are mid October to late November with peak fishing the 3 week period of the last week of October and the first 2 weeks of November.
Don't miss your chance to experience some of Ontario's best steel heading

Best Times

Prime Time Fall:   October 10th to November 30th
The steelhead start showing up in the rivers around September 1st or just after the first big rains of September. By the middle of October the rivers are usually full of steelhead with many 10 to 20 fish days from Mid October to Mid November. Some good numbers of steelhead can be caught in early October and even as late as the end of December. Only boat trips during this time.
Prime Spring Time: March 1st to May 15th
Although the river conditions are hit and miss this time of year we have some great days in the spring. The most success is from the 4th Saturday in April until the 2nd or 3rd week in May.
Winter Fishing: December 15 to March 15
It's usually pretty cold in January and February but the fishing can be hot if the conditions are right. The steelhead trickle in over the winter months slowly making their way up river and often holding in the deeper pool. We've had 20 fish days between January and March but we don't usually pre-book trips during this period. If this is the type of trip you are interested in, contact us and get on our waiting list and we will call you when the fishing is hot.  

Boat Trip Times and Options

Credit River Steelhead - Opening day to May 14

Credit River Fall Steelhead - November 15 to December 15

Nottawasaga River Steelhead - Oct 1st to freeze and thaw to May 20th

Saugeen River Steelhead - November 1st to December 15th

Beaver River Steelhead - Opening day to May 14th

Bighead River Steelhead - October 15 to December 15th and April 25 to May 15th

The Methods

There are many methods worth trying when targeting steelhead. We can cater your trip to you style and your skill level.

Spey fishing - Swinging for Ontario steelhead is becoming very popular with fly anglers due to the challenge and hard hits from these very aggressive fish. The say " the tug is the drug" which means to many who know the hard hit of a steelhead on a tight line swung fly is hard to beat. With all the vastly improved gear and better fly patterns catching steelhead on the swing has never been easier. For more information on Spey fishing go to Ontario Spey Guides HERE or go to our learn to fly fish page HERE.

Fly Fishing - Nymphing for steelhead is by far the best method for numbers of steelhead and it's our specialty. We use and teach various nymphing methods that can produce lots of steelhead. For more details check out Fly Fishing For Steelhead Page HERE

Centerpin / Float fishing - Centerpin fishing for steelhead is growing faster then any other method I've seen. 20 years ago you might have seen 1 out of 20 guys using this method and now it's probably used by 80% of the good steelhead anglers and for good reason, it works well.

Spin Fishing - Spin fishing can mean many things for anglers. It could mean casting spoons, spinners or lures at the steelhead or it could mean drifting a float through a hole or even bottom bouncing a run. What ever spin fishing means to you we can take you where the fish are and guide you using the method you prefer.

Watch us in action fishing great lakes steelhead with the gang from The New Fly Fisher TV Show

Great Lakes Spring Steelhead.

Spring Steelheading in Ontario with Bill and the crew from The New Fly Fisher TV show.

Fall steelhead fishing in Ontario
Fall steelhead fishing on an Ontario River.. Watch it to find out which river and to see these awesome silver bullets in action.

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Edward with a nice steelhead Andrew with a nice steelhead

Drift boat Steelhead trips : 7 to 8 hours

  • 1 angler or 2 anglers . . . . . . $500.00

  • 3 to 4 anglers . . . . . $1000.00

  • Walk and Wade -Sept 1st to April 20th - 1 or 2 anglers . . . $450.00

  Tax/ HST is not included in rates.

Note: Some steelhead walk and wade trip may be limited during peak times. contact for details.

Walk and Wade steelhead trips are from September 1st to opening day to the end of May.

*** Half Day Trips are available at full day prices due to distance, time and costs. 

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