Rods: 7 to 9 weight rods are ideal. Single-handed, switch and double-handed rods are all used in the Skeena region.
Reels: Large arbor reels with at least 200 yards of backing
Line: Shooting heads with loops or weight forward lines with interchangeable tips. The Skagit’s are popular with the Spey casters for casting the larger sink tips and flies.
Leaders/Tippet: Anglers can use a variety of sink tips such as Type 3-8 sink tips 10 to 15 feet or Mow-tips from T8 to T17. For Mow tips a variety in light, medium, heavy and extra heavy in 10-12.5 should cover most water conditions you will encounter. For some water you can also use the Mow tips with a floater and short sinking tip for getting behind larger rocks.
15 and 20lb tippet is recommended. If you are using monofilament we recommend Maxima.
Flies: A number of patterns work well for Steelhead and salmon – e.g. Intruders, Pick ‘Yer Pockets, leeches, shrimp patterns and Popsicles, just to name a few. Favorite colors are Black, purple, blue, pink, orange and chartreuse. Single barbless hooks are mandatory. For most conditions a size 2 hook works well. Flies are available at the lodge.