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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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Cranking Winter Steel by Matt Straw

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Cranking Winter Steel by Matt Straw

After years in the wide-open Great Lakes, steelhead suddenly run upstream. The walls close in. Steelhead are jacked up on speed as it is, but just being in a river is enough to drive them up the phobia scale. Hit one with a hardbait bristling with trebles and waders better be strapped on tight. Kevin Morlock of Indigo Guide Service knows a thing or two about cranking salmonids. Travel any big river in West Michigan during the height of the salmon run and you’ll see cranks dangling from spinning rods designed for pitching on almost every jet and drift boat....

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

Baby, it’s cold outside! And just when the fall steelhead fishing started to heat up for you, mother nature has other plans. She decides to send an arctic blast over the fishing grounds, completely shutting down the hot action that you have been recently enjoying. Then she decides to deposit a foot or more of snow a day or two before your next scheduled trip. It gets worse. The forecast will be calling for sub-freezing weather for the following two weeks. The cold spell will surely drop the river to unnervingly low levels which will cause unwanted ice to form,...

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