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Gummy Bears For Steelhead: Soft Beads And Hybrids by Matt Straw

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Gummy Bears For Steelhead: Soft Beads And Hybrids by Matt Straw

The river rushes out of the mist-enshrouded forest as if emerging from a portal in time. The muted orange, yellow, and red of the trees merge into an impressionist painting. Wisps of fog drift over the water like ghosts. Beneath the spectral parade, king salmon jockey for position on spawning riffles. But kings are not what we’re after. A short walk below those rowdy kings, steelhead vie for feeding stations. The food being conveyed by the current is supplied by the salmon. The eggs—millions of free-drifting protein pills that fail to lodge in nests, all translucent at times, opaque at...

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Niagara River Steelhead by Chris Shaffer

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Niagara River Steelhead by Chris Shaffer

Where: Upstate New York’s Niagara River Why: Good, consistent steelhead runs  When: Run begins in October and can persist into early June, but the best time spans from mid November through early May How To Get Here: Buffalo is the nearest major city, roughly a 30-minute drive from the Lower Niagara River. Direct flights from the West Coast aren’t common, but one-stop itineraries are easy to come by. All major airlines fly into Buffalo. For those looking to fly in through Toronto, that’s an option. Toronto is roughly 1:30 minute drive to the river.   Pautzke Bait owner Casey Kelley...

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Egg Sac Secrets - Color Your Eggs for Greater Success by Brian Kelly

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Egg Sac Secrets - Color Your Eggs for Greater Success by Brian Kelly

Matching the color of egg sacs to the water conditions is a vital part of float fishing for steelhead here in the Great Lakes. The old adage of bright colors in dirty water and pale colors for clear water holds true year after year. But with the amount of egg cures and dies currently available, adding egg color to the mix can provide some unique color variations that fish have never seen but react quite favorably to under right conditions. Natural colored eggs have been a mainstay for egg junkies across the region since the early days of this fishery....

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Floating Fundamentals by Dan Robson

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Floating Fundamentals by Dan Robson

  As peaceful as the morning was, there was a degree of intensity that is hard to explain. There was no one else around and the breeze pushing through the trees was the only sound. Birds, aware of the impending storm, were silent. There were no distractions, just me, alone with my float. My heart wasn’t quite to the point of racing, but beating faster than normal. As intently as I watched my brain failed to register the exact moment the float went down: there one second, gone the next. It’s a sight that keeps me coming back for more....

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Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

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Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

  Getting up with the chickens paid dividends. Running up the lower Big Manistee River in total darkness was dicey, but when we came to the run known as "Top-Of-The-Mile" no one was there. The run is a favorite of Manistee River anglers because it's long and clean; perfect for bouncing bottom with spawn. Fish that negotiate the shallow stretch below during the night tend to hang up once they reach the deeper run. Fish from above, tucked into the wood and logs during the day, relax under the cover of darkness and often slip down and collect in the...

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