Fishing Articles — steelhead

Leader of the Flies by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Leader of the Flies by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  I catch dozens and dozens of fish each year on trolling flies, sized from little “tied on the hook” coho flies to big ol’ laker takers. All of these are pulled behind some sort of dodger or flasher made of metal or plastic. Myself and other fishermen I know spend hours contemplating and hundreds of dollars acquiring various sizes, models and colors of dodgers and flashers. Should I use an eight-inch or ten-inch? Should I use a silver and blue one or a blue and silver one? Do the fish really give a hoot? Maybe the green and silver...

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

Over the course of the day, salmon and trout make vertical and horizontal movements in the water column. Horizontally they move between shallow and deep water. They also frequently make daily vertical movements in the water column. Their daily movements are governed by season and environmental factors such as weather, water temperature, structure, light penetration and forage availability. Are these movements random, or can we, the ever-inquisitive fishermen that we are, anticipate these movements? Kings and Steelies will often school in the same water. To catch both, you will have to run deep lines for the kings. When you fish your...

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Steelhead Social Distancing by Calvin McShane

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Steelhead Social Distancing by Calvin McShane

The other day my phone dinged on the kitchen table and text stretched across the screen that read, “You are highly allergic to hard work.” It was from my pal Jack and was in response to the pictures I had sent him earlier in the day. The pictures were of me and my girlfriend Miranda. Some were of us on an Upper Peninsula river, our fly rods bent to the cork, and a few more were of a couple of fine male steelhead resting in our hands. It’s reasonable Jack was a bit upset. With the recent dire developments he’s...

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3 "Must-Have" Spring Steelhead Rigs by Brian Kelly

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3 "Must-Have" Spring Steelhead Rigs by Brian Kelly

Spring has finally arrived and with it, a load of fish that are eager to run our rivers on their annual spawning migration. Spring steelhead fishing has its share of challenges; from weather patterns that change on a daily basis, to unyielding angling pressure, spring steelhead can be a moody lot, to say the least. The spring season is the time to open the bag of tricks and employ tactics that will entice the fish to bite after they have seen it all. These three rigs are must-have items in the vest this time of year; let’s get into the...

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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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