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Noob steelhead needs

So im heading to Michigan in april for steelhead. Never did it before. Besides floats and spawn sacs what should i gather for tackle between now and then? Beads, spinners, plugs? Not sure what the go too colors are. Any insight woukd be appreciated.

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So I’m heading to Michigan in April for steelhead. Never did it before. Besides floats and spawn sacs what should I gather for tackle between now and then? Beads, spinners, plugs? Not sure what the go to colors are. Any insight would be appreciated.
What streams in Michigan are you looking at fishing? I fished the White River a long time ago. I haven’t fished the PA steelhead streams in a long time but, my guess is that the MI streams are larger and likely deeper than the PA streams. You could probably try spoons as well. I’m sure there is some information available online or through some tackle shops where you’re headed.

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West side? Manistee/PM? Some weirds duuds out there. Had a guy, totally wasted say to his buddy, these boys from PA! ..and they followed us back to the vehicle. They were too drunk to keep up. Pack some heat if you’re fishing any of the dams.
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Western MI. Staying north of Grand Rapids on the White. Tons of water within an hour north or south. Im thinking White, PM, Big/Little Manistee depends where the fish are is suppose. I been digging through online resources, but you know how that can be when going in blind. Some of the rigs seem foreign and im not sure how practical or efficient they actually are. I suppose i am looking to flatten the learning curve a little before i head out and get some real first hand knowledge. I would prefer to have some tackle ready before i head out.
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If you are heading to Michigan solely to pursue steelhead I would strongly recommend the tributaries off Lake Ontario since IMO the fish are larger and fight extremely hard...
As far as tackle we use centerpins with beads and pink worms...

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If you are heading to Michigan solely to pursue steelhead I would strongly recommend the tributaries off Lake Ontario since IMO the fish are larger and fight extremely hard...
As far as tackle we use centerpins with beads and pink worms...

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Thanks EP. Michigan has free lodging at a buddy's house so MI this year for sure. Once i am setup i will definitely be heading to NY to give it a go since its closer. The number of Tribs off Lake Michigan and the ease of access seem much more fishermen friendly than NY. Regarding pinning, just starting out it seems to be the new purest form of steelheading, akin to flyfishing. while i am not opposed to pin fishing i will be using conventional spinning gear for this trip. 30series reel 12# fluro, 10-6" med action.

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Clear Float, micro swivel, 6lb Flourocarbon leader, micro split shot. If using sacks size 10 or 12 hooks, single eggs 14. 1/64 maribou jigs in black and white tipped with a wax worm. Alot of people use power bait on the bottom and power worms under a float. Trout beads under a float. I use 6lb Flourocarbon Invisix for the main line so I don't have to use the swivel and tie on a leader. Go on youtube there is alot of great info on there. Have fun

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Thanks for the direction Bman. I will add some of that to my list. You think 12# it too heavy for main line? Looking to go with a 10-6" Lami X11.

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Honestly I don't know much about Michigan but I have friends that fish browns, steelhead and salmon in New York who use 12 as their mainline. They tie on their florocabon leader to it.

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