If you've had the opportunity to chase steelhead (or any anadromous species) on the fly, you know that having the right gear makes all the difference. If you know a person so obsessed (or are one yourself), use this guide to round out your holiday wish lists!
This roomy, soft-shell bag holds a double set of waders and boots. The mesh top draws in to allow for containment while drying. The Wader Bucket comes with an OPST logo mat to stand on while changing in and out of waders. Conditions are often less than prime, and having a dry spot to change at the end of a chilly-day is a luxury. Throw it in your trunk without fear of ruining the upholstery!
PLAN D Pocket Max 50/50 Fly Box - $59.99
Perfect for heading to the river with just what you need for the day, the Pocket Max 50/50 has room for 20 tube flies and 20 articulated flies. The box nicely holds tube flies in place so they aren't blowing out of your box while standing in the middle of the river. Includes one medium mandrel kit (for holding the tube flies).
Backroads Mapbooks - Northern BC $29.99
What happens when you go off grid looking for steelhead runs and you need to find your way around? You go analog and bring out the maps. Feel comfortable navigating new locations and easily keep notes of your favorite places all in on place. This handy book covers the Northern wilderness of British Columbia, including Atlin, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Haida Gwaii, Mackenzie, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Stewart, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge,
Vanderhoof and more beautiful places that steelhead and salmon run. Contains information about trails, paddling routes, fishing locations and camping. Perfect for the DIY Steelheader in your life.
Patagonia Wading Support Belt - $109.00
Spey back - it's a thing we who fish all experience eventually - and protecting your back while standing in day-long current can really make the difference in your enjoyment of a steelhead trip. The Patagonia Wading Support Belt provides a sturdy, molded-back assist for comfortable all-day wading. A handy net sleeve and a durable quick-release buckle only make this adjustable belt more desirable.
BlackStrap Daily Tube - Steelhead Colors $26.99
Sunburn, windburn, frostbite, facial recognition software... So many reasons to cover up these days. With dozens of wearing applications on the river, this lightweight, highly breathable, cooling neck gaiter features 4-way stretch fabric that is milled in the USA, keeps you protected from the blistering sun, dries quickly when damp, provides a barrier for cutting cold winds and has UPF 50+ UV sun protection.
NEBO Rebel 600 Lumen Rechargeable Task Light/Head Lamp $46.99
Rigging up tips and flies in the pre-dawn light or tackling a campfire supper requires a powerful light. The REBEL is a fully rechargeable task light that includes an adjustable head strap for use as a head lamp OR set the magnetic base on the tailgate for hands-free use. Features 4 light modes, a USB charger cable that can be plugged in to your vehicle, and rechargeable battery (included).
Simms ExStream BiComp Hoody - $249.99
Lightweight layering is a must-have when spending a whole day in waders, and this low-bulk design wears perfectly under waders or bibs - no bulk where it's not needed or appreciated, around the waist. The fully insulated hood with elastic binding offers extra security against unruly elements. Whether rowing, motoring, or casting, gusseted arm panels and a drawcord at the waist enhance range of motion and keep this hoody from riding up. Water-shedding cuffs with thumb loops keep dry sleeves in place. And a zippered chest pocket holds go-to essentials where they belong.