Salmon eggs are the universal steelhead bait across the U.S. and in Canada, but regionally popular natural offerings could score handsomely everywhere, too. Midwesterners brought wigglers (big mayfly nymphs) to prominence, fishing them on ultralight line and noodle rods created by pioneering Michigan angler Dick Swan. Crawler tails work fine, as do ghost shrimp, available in many Canadian bait shops. Crayfish tails often play second fiddle, but steelheaders in the know use them as their key offering. Gary Loomis, founder of the rod company that bears his name, is a master "crab-tail" fisher.