Steelhead are sea-run rainbow and grow to enoromous size. They are common along the Alaska and Canada coasts, tributaries to the Great Lakes and to a lesser extent on the Washington and Oregon coasts.
Steelhead return each year to the stream where they were born to continue the cycle. Most of the time they are out to sea and fishing in the streams usually occurs in August through October.
Steelhead like fast water and will find cover behind rocks or any breaks in the current.
Steelhead will take salmon egg flies in the late summer and fall, and also like colorful minnow imitations. This fish shows why they are called "steelheads", and is because of their steel grey, silvery coloration.