SPIN FISHING: Select an 8- to 12-pound, 6 1/2 to 7-foot, medium-action rod with 2500-3500 series reel spooled with 30-pound-test braided mainline and 15- to 20-pound-test fluorocarbon leaders. Various spinners and spoons will work, but our favorite is the green and blue body #4 and #4.5 spinner from R&B Lure Company and the gold and silver Herzog Spoon from Pen-Tac Tackle or Cleardrift Fishing. Plugs are also an effective weapon to carry such as the 3.0 to 5.0 Mag-Lips, and similar sized Kwikfish and Wiggle Warts.
Take care to be mindful of other anglers and practice good steelhead fishing etiquette. Land fish gently, keep them in the water, wet your hands before handling, and snap a few quick pictures before letting the fish go. Use small hooks and rods that will allow you to land fish quickly so that they have the best chance to survive. Watch out for redds (spawning beds) and remember to leave those fish that are actively spawning alone. The Situk is one long spawning bed which is what makes it so special, and you will see fish spawning from the headwaters all the way down to tide water. Steelhead fishing on the Situk River is a truly one of a kind Alaska experience and with proper management and angler behavior, we will have a world-class steelhead fishery for many years to come.