Steelhead Fishing Guides

angler with steelhead
fisherman holding a steelhead
steelhead caught in clearwarter river

A Steelhead Fishing Experience You Won’t Forget

You may even see 20 or more strikes in just one day.

If you’re looking to challenge yourself with a high-stakes steelhead fishing experience, then look no further than the Clearwater River! Known for its massive 10-20lb fish, this river is one of the best on Earth. Our experienced guides will help navigate your way through 40 miles of rocky structures and gravel bars–so be prepared for some serious action!

You may even see 20 or more strikes in just one day—who knows what kind of record might be broken!? With Reel Time Fishing’s six full-time local guides from Lewiston to Orofino Idaho, we have every type of tackle so that nobody misses out on any early season surprises. Get ready for an epic adventure worthy legend status!!

The Clearwater are a relatively shallow river with rocky structure and gravel bars making drifting bait the primary method of fishing here. It is not uncommon for our guides to put your group onto 20 or more Steelhead in a day!!

Our six full-time guides will cover a 40-mile section of the river beginning in Lewiston, Idaho, and extending into the town of Orofino, Idaho. Reel Time Fishing is one of the few outfitters whose guides will fish every inch of the 40 miles of river, allowing us to follow the fish around and have a strategic advantage in the early season when the fish are spread throughout the river system. Winding through Idaho’s backcountry we also fish the entrance to Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River for Fall and Winter Steelhead.

Book Your Steelhead Trip Today!

It’s hard to describe the feeling when you land the biggest steelhead of your life.

Drop a line in the beautiful Heller Bar on the Snake River and get ready for an action packed day! These steelhead are not to be reckoned with – they’ll put on quite a show as you chase their long, screaming runs. An average of 5-8lbs makes them deceptively strong and there’s always that chance of landing one 10+ pounder. Thankfully your fishing guide at Reel Time Fishing knows every piece of this river like the back of his hand so he can help increase those odds even further. Plus, all gear is provided, along with an awesome BBQ lunch and filleting services after, sounds pretty sweet right?

Steelhead season begins in August. The A-run (4 to 10lb fish) is running strong, the weather is nice, the water is warm and the fish are scrappy.  This time of year you will experience the best fight a steelhead has to offer.  In early October the B-run (10 lb. plus fish) begin to trickle in and will grow in numbers all through the winter.

Tens of thousands of fish migrate each year to the Snake River, Clearwater, Salmon, Grande Ronde rivers and many other small tributaries.  This is our busy time of year as we run up to six boats and spend most of our time fishing the lower Clearwater and the Snake River near Heller Bar.  We are blessed to have the largest concentration of Steelhead in the world.  April signifies the end of the Steelhead season.

Check out some of our videos about this amazing trip!

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

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Based on 116 reviews
Albert J. Farmer
Albert J. Farmer
January 5, 2024
After several trips with reel time fishing, they’re the only charter I use - they are great even on a slow day!!
Fishon
Fishon
January 4, 2024
This guide service is top notch! Gabe our guide on the Clearwater River in Idaho put us on the fish. Thanks!
Blair Hale
Blair Hale
November 6, 2023
Great guides, great fishing.
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
November 5, 2023
Thanks for showing us a great time on the river. Travis got all four of us on great steelhead. One was a real hog! Would highly recommend this company.
Grant Torrey
Grant Torrey
October 16, 2023
Great time fishing with knowledgeable guide. Hot lunch was nice but while parked on the beach seen two fish caught. Maybe a sandwich while fishing instead.
Brent Varriale
Brent Varriale
October 15, 2023
Fished 2 days with Captain Pepe and his crew in Cabo. These guys were fantastic. Had us in Fish from the start. 13 Marlin and 5 big Mahi in two days. If you are going to fish in Cabo, do yourself a favor and book with Reel Time.
Chris Jacks
Chris Jacks
October 14, 2023
Our guide Jack worked hard to ensure we had the best opportunities to catch Salmon and Steelhead. His knowledge of all aspects of fishing made this a great opportunity for us and he gave us many opportunities to catch and land fish. We landed 5 steelhead and had several other opportunities, but were unable to connect on all of them. Overall, it was a great trip and a great day to be fishing with an expert in his field.

Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?

The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.

IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?

We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?

Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?

Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.

DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.

DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?

Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.