Fishing Articles — steelhead

Sponge Balls (for Steelhead) by Tony Ensalaco

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Sponge Balls (for Steelhead) by Tony Ensalaco

While walking to retrieve my vehicle at the take out’s parking lot, I was unexpectantly approached by an older gentleman. “Mind if I ask you a few questions partner?” the man said with a detectable southern drawl. My initial thought was, “Yeah, not a good time.” I had just completed a grueling, ten-hour, semi productive shift on the river, so I wasn’t really interested in starting a conversation. Also, I was more concerned about making it back to the Chicagoland area in time to put my kids, and then myself to bed. “What can I do for you sir?” using...

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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

Note this is a follow-up article from GLA June/July 2019, “Tricked Out Salmon Spoons.” Thank you for the feedback! Some of your shared setup tips, strategies and pics have made it to this article too! We’ve found sharing tips and info very rewarding, helping the Great Lakes Fishery a bit and for sure helping our fellow sportsmen, trout and salmon anglers in putting a few more trophies in the box! Nice Steelhead on a “Tricked Out” trolling fly. Have you ever noticed a steelhead with blue eyes? Tip #1: Stinger Hooks—From YouTube underwater trolling video footage, we notice more often...

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Ice Bound Steelhead: The Spring Run Cometh by Matt Straw

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Ice Bound Steelhead: The Spring Run Cometh by Matt Straw

  Snow devils come whirling across a white expanse that extends to the eastern horizon. Under those twisting ghosts of tornados past—and several feet of ice—rainbows come in from the cold, following rituals older than the Great Lakes. They come in waves from the freshwater seas—waves that mostly break, scatter, and return to the sanctuary of deeper water. Though low-light periods at dawn and dusk tend to see more of these waves, the timing of the next one can never be predicted. After a quiet hour or two of watching the snow devils make our osprey kite dip and circle...

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

It is no secret today that young people are really into electronic devices for use and recreation these days. In fact, I like to say that we are in our second generation of indoor kids. To get people back outdoors we will need to attract the parents as well as their children. I am biased but I think river fishing is a great way to expose people to the wonders of the natural world. And if they discover that they like fish, even better.  When I retired from my day job almost 20 years ago I gave thought to guiding...

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

Recently, Great Lakes Angler ran an article that I wrote in its October/November issue titled, “How to Beat Your Buddies Without Making it a Competition.” It discusses the competitive nature of people and its different levels that occur among fishermen. Friendly competition usually exists between regular fishing partners and might consist of some subtle joking and a little light-hearted teasing when someone is experiencing most of the action. To me, that is all in good fun. What I don’t like is when the competition is so intense that it becomes brutally uncomfortable when the lucky angler becomes belligerent about his...

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