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Eastern Lake Ontario's Brown Trout by Chris Shaffer

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Eastern Lake Ontario's Brown Trout by Chris Shaffer

Coming from the West Coast catching a double-digit brown is a once in a lifetime experience, for most. Nevertheless, if you live in Oswego, New York, and troll Lake Ontario, catching a 10-pound brown matches the feat of landing a 3-pound stocked rainbow out West. “A 10-pound brown is a nice fish, but last year we caught one to two of those on almost every trip,” says guide Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sport Fishing. Similar to the Milwaukee Harbor experience on the western shore of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, eastern Lake Ontario’s brown trout fishing is almost surreal to...

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

I was fighting something that was whipping my butt. It surged downstream, went skyward, and then raced upstream. It appeared to tire as it neared the boat. Wrong! It turned tail and ripped 50 feet of line from the reel’s spool. Finally, the exhausted salmon came to the boat where John DeLorenzo expertly netted it. She tipped the scales at 30 pounds, the biggest of the nine that I caught that day. What a day for my first trip on the Niagara River! A couple of months later, I returned to the Niagara. We fished the bar at the river’s...

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Steelhead and Suffering by Calvin McShane

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Steelhead and Suffering by Calvin McShane

Anglers go fishing for an assortment of reasons. Some fish to relax. Other’s fish for the excitement. Some of us fish for food and I’ll bet even more of us fish just because we ought to—according to my significant other I can really be a jerk sometimes. But when I think about my life as a fisherman, the moments I relish the most are the trips that involve the most suffering. Sometimes it feels good to get a little uncomfortable, disheveled and pissed off. Don’t other people savor the times when things aren’t working out? You know, the times when...

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Walk, don’t run. When a tip-up flag pops up over early ice, running over a big pike can make them drop the bait. When a pike decides to takes a big sucker, it isn’t likely to let go unless alarmed. Eyes should be focused on the spindle atop the shaft. Spinning? Yes. A pike has the sucker and is taking it for a ride. The tip-up is lifted carefully, placed gently, line brought in slowly. Pressure. Stand up and pull. It pulls back, hooks on the homemade quick-strike rig worrying home. Another pike circles us under 5 inches of clear,...

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

THE CHIEF IS DEAD (1974-2014) At 40 years of age, a dedicated, reliable friend, suddenly left this world due to the careless results of drunk driving. Born on the banks of the Columbia River, at Hood River, Oregon, he was my constant companion over the decades. While he never actually fished, he was always there to be plugged in, smoked up and supplied me with the tastiest of rewards after a long day working the water. Thank you Chief for your long years of faithful loyalty. As for the thoughtless fool that crushed the life out of you, may his...

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