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Excerpt from "Spinner Magic" by Jim Bedford

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Excerpt from "Spinner Magic" by Jim Bedford

The weighted spinner could be considered a foreign object in the river. It really doesn’t resemble any living creature. A case can be made that the flash of the blade is similar, at least momentarily, to the flash of a smolt, shiner or other baitfish. Or, perhaps when fished near the bottom, a brass-bladed model faintly resembles a crayfish.  When resident trout are feeding they will still utilize cover most of the time to keep themselves from being eaten and to hide from prey they hope to ambush. I think that a spinner looks alive and arouses the curiosity of trout....

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The Right Lure (Visibility and Sizes) by Jim Bedford

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The Right Lure (Visibility and Sizes) by Jim Bedford

The anadromous trout and salmon that enter the tributaries of the Great Lakes or ocean to spawn seldom actively feed during their migration. Migrating steelhead, Atlantic salmon, and various trout species retain the ability to feed but rarely do so actively. Pacific salmon become unable to swallow or digest food once they enter the river. The instinct or memory of all these fish is still there and they will opportunistically pick up food items on their river migration. Another trait remains present and dates back to their early river life when they were growing to smolt size. Territorialism was important...

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Centerpinning Alternatives by Tony Ensalaco

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Centerpinning Alternatives by Tony Ensalaco

Every so often, a new bait or technique will come bursting into the fishing world and becomes quickly declared as the ultimate way to catch steelhead. I remember when Bruce Belles started shipping his Clackacraft boats out east to Michigan and hot-shotting from drift boats became incredibly popular in the Great Lakes tributaries back in the eighties. I also recall the first time I fished from a drift boat and watched a rod almost get ripped off the gunwale by an early November steelhead. Seeing those violent take-downs convinced me at the time that using lures was the most effective...

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The Lost Art of Steelhead Bottom Bouncing by Dan Robson

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The Lost Art of Steelhead Bottom Bouncing by Dan Robson

I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the center pin. Ok, I love it, as do most who try it. But as the center pin revolution takes hold in the Great Lakes region it would seem that those who are taking it up are getting stuck on this singular method to catch steelhead. I completely understand why. Running a float with a center pin is an exciting, extremely effective way to bank fish, in fact one of the most effective. The problem lies in what these center pinners are missing out on. I know a lot...

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Bois Brule River, Wisconsin By Dr. Wally Balcerzak

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Bois Brule River, Wisconsin By Dr. Wally Balcerzak

Introduction This spectacular river, located in extreme Northwestern Wisconsin, is among the best we have available in the Midwest. Certainly, the Brule (as is called by most) ranks in the top five quality trout streams of all flowing waters in the Midwest. Some would say the Brule ranks in the top three rivers for steelhead and salmon fishing. And for still others, particularly from the Western Great Lakes region, the Brule ranks as the best, the number one river in the entire Great Lakes Region. Obviously, that's a bold claim, sure to be challenged by many. Yet all would agree...

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