With my first-ever whitetail buck hanging in the shed, the next phase of the Idaho trip was to go for a first-ever steelhead. That effort was accomplished fishing by jet boat, back trolling with shrimp and lures on November 16th..
When his rod bent over, Monty graciously let me take over in my quest to land a steelhead. In the end, we hooked about eight fish, but only landed two. They were both hatchery fish, so we kept them.
The Clearwater River is known for large steelhead, some over 20 pounds. It’s also where Lewis and Clark built boats and drifted in them downstream to the Pacific.