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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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May steelhead destinations

I have a son in grad school who's only time off to fish steelhead this entire year is May... Probably the month with the fewest options. He has his first Spey rod and can't wait to steelhead fish.

Any thoughts on where we could fish that time of year? Prefer Oregon, Washington, bc, Minnesota or Wisconsin.
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For what it is worth, most years May is a little on the late side for the Wisco and MN tribs.
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B.C. will have some possibilities, but you will have to travel for it. Look at the Terrace area and keep an open mind about species. Early May is a crossover month as there are early Chinook and late Steelhead in the rivers at the same time. Spring temperatures and rain can make everything big and brown, but I have been up there in May and had great fishing for chrome 20 pound springs with the occasional steelhead thrown in.
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April and May are prime months for steelhead throughout S E Ak.
While the Petersburg area has always been my favorite I would recommend Prince of Wales Island - it is easily accessed by flying into Ketchikan and taking a ferry over to the bottom of the island. The entire island has a road system with most drainages having steelhead. ADF&G used to have a list of the rivers - worth a look or phone call.
Not sure about car rentals on POW but no problem in Ketchikan. You will find five star accommodations ( Boardwalk Lodge) on down on the island as well. Again, I'm not certain about this, but would expect that RV rentals would be available as well.
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I have a son in grad school who's only time off to fish steelhead this entire year is May... Probably the month with the fewest options. He has his first Spey rod and can't wait to steelhead fish.

Any thoughts on where we could fish that time of year? Prefer Oregon, Washington, bc, Minnesota or Wisconsin.
Since you said Minnesota ir wisconsin, go a bit north and east and hit the St. Mary's between the UP and ontario. Two good guides come to mind John Giuliani and Karl Vogel. John is a great guy and knows that area like the back of his hand. You can run into Steel, rainbows, and atlantics all on the same day in the same pool.

I WOULD NOT wade that river without a guy that knows it, one false step can lead you to a bad adventure.
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How about Vancouver Island?
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The ALaska Peninsula

The Alaska Peninsula is always a good bet in May if your looking for a little more adventure a fly in trip and no frills just great fishing from a spike camp or float trip is allot of fun. Have fished the Sandy River numerous times in May and always had a great time, Gotta plan at least 5 days and 7 is better in case of some bad weather. Flyin trips will run around 3500-4200 per person plus travel.

Heres a recent post from this fall on The Sandy http://speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=45963
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