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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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Cranking for Kings by Tony Ensalaco

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Cranking for Kings by Tony Ensalaco

“Hey Tony, why don’t you take a couple of these and give them a try,” said long time Michigan river guide Steelie Dan Manyan. Our drift boats were anchored next to one another on the lower Pere Marquette River. It was late August and the fish were just starting to make their return to the lower PM. If judging by how bright the salmon were in the system, the actual ritual of spawning won’t be taking place any time soon, I thought to myself. “What are they?” I inquired, hoping not to seem like I wasn’t up to date on...

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Catch the Skein Train for Kings (How-to Cure) by Matt Straw

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Catch the Skein Train for Kings (How-to Cure) by Matt Straw

When a salmon river warms and drops, low and clear as air, the skein train pulls into the station. Big kings can be seen sulking abjectly in the deepest, slowest pools of the river. Petulant and lazy, they simply move aside, letting every presentation we try slide on past. They refuse crankbaits, flies, and plastics. They watch hair jigs dance overhead without moving. Indifferent kings will even turn their snouts up at 12- to 14-mm beads, which I was ready to anoint successors of bait as the most consistent producers of river kings a couple years back. But the title...

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Salmon and Steel on Michigan’s Muskegon by W. H. “Chip” Gross

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Salmon and Steel on Michigan’s Muskegon by W. H. “Chip” Gross

Each autumn, as the leaves begin to tint and turn, Chinook salmon—also known as kings because of their great size—leave Lake Michigan by the tens of thousands in search of natal rivers all along Michigan’s west coast. Within weeks the fish will spawn and die, but until then they provide some of the best fishing of the year for inland Great Lakes anglers. And adding to the fishing bonanza in those same streams are steelhead, lake-run rainbow trout known as “steelies” or silver bullets. Guiding anglers to both salmon and steelhead on Michigan’s Muskegon River is a longtime fishing guide...

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