Backtrolling bait for salmon and steelhead is one of the most widely used and successful techniques employed in the Northwest. It is rather simple to master and when the boat captain learns proper presentation and the ability to read the water, it enables anglers that have never caught a salmon or steelhead before, a reasonable chance at the opportunity of a lifetime! This technical report will detail proper presentation and productive water as well as cover the fine points of the technique to maximize your efforts. This report will make you a better angler but like all other techniques, nothing substitutes for real experience.
The Oregon fishing technical report series describe years of tested techniques, proven to take significant catches of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. These 19 reports were written exclusively by Professional Oregon Fishing Guide Bob Rees. Not only has he been guiding anglers professionally since 1991 but he also has 7 seasonal years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife giving him a unique insight into the finer details that make up our great Northwest fisheries.