Steelhead Fishing GuideS

We invite you to fish with us for some of the world’s finest Steelhead fishing left in the lower 48 States. Reel Time Fishing offers guided Steelhead fishing on the Clearwater, Snake, and Grande Ronde Rivers. We are your premiere Idaho steelhead fishing guides.

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 this 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.

Heller Bar Steelhead are known to be great fighters giving you acrobatic shows and long screaming runs. Heller Bar Steelhead average 5 to 8 pounds with larger 10 plus pound fish showing up in the system on occasion. Our team of guides knows every inch of the river and knows the ins and outs as the season starts and progresses. On these trips our Heller Bar Fishing Guides provide all the gear necessary for catching these steelheads, they also provide a BBQ shore lunch and will fillet your catch at the end of the day.

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.